I wonder if Piston is getting the 60s déjà view

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I wonder if Piston is getting the 60s déjà view

Post by jbuck919 » Sat May 01, 2010 11:57 am

In Maine, women blow their tops over inequality

By GLENN ADAMS (AP) – 19 hours ago

FARMINGTON, Maine — A forecast of sunny skies in April seems like the perfect time to put the top down. But a drive in a convertible isn't what some Maine women had in mind Friday.

Nearly two dozen of them marched topless through this college town to protest what they call a double standard that allows men to take off their shirts on a hot summer day. Many men joined the women, taking off their shirts and marching side by side. Joining the scrum were gawkers snapping photos.

It's already legal under state law for women to go topless in public in Maine. But the protesters in Farmington want it to become socially acceptable, too.

"It's about gender equality," said Tia Jacques of West Gardiner, joined by husband Charles Jacques, as a mob of people moved through downtown Farmington, causing a traffic backup.

Added Charles: "Whether you choose to do this or not, I want you to be free to do this." He also offered some advice: "Keep making a big deal about it until it's not a big deal."

Friday's event was organized by 22-year-old Andrea Simoneau, a student at the University of Maine at Farmington who was inspired by her participation in a topless march April 3 in Portland. She'd been going topless downtown and near campus for the past couple of weeks to drum up interest in the march.

Thanks to the back-to-back events and ensuing Internet buzz, Maine is fast earning a reputation as a place where women can let down their hair — and their tops.

Not everyone is happy with the display of skin.

"Men shouldn't be half-naked in public, either," said Heidi Marshall of Weld, who held a sign that said "Tops for All" as the mass of people marched past.

And Al Thurlow of New Vineyard cautioned that the tactic could backfire by causing towns to consider restrictive ordinances. "It's going to open up a can of worms," he said.

Simoneau, for one, had no regrets. She encouraged other women to take up the cause. And she said she wasn't going to let camera-toting men ruin her day, either.

"Unfortunately, there's no way to deal with people taking pictures for prurient interest, but I feel the best way to deal with that is to just ignore it," she said.

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Re: I wonder if Piston is getting the 60s déjà view

Post by piston » Sat May 01, 2010 12:05 pm

Hey, naked women celebrating Earth Day on their bikes, topless women protesting social norms favoring topless men, and the notorious 1998 case of the topless lawnmower rider in Newport
In 1998, a Newport woman mowed her lawn while topless. A neighbor complained and the town ended up voting on whether to have an ordinance to prohibit women from being topless on their own land. The town overwhelmingly decided against it. Women should have the right to go topless on their own land, if they wish to do so.
I'm all for it!!! 8)
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Re: I wonder if Piston is getting the 60s déjà view

Post by Madame » Sun May 02, 2010 12:33 am

piston wrote:Hey, naked women celebrating Earth Day on their bikes, topless women protesting social norms favoring topless men, and the notorious 1998 case of the topless lawnmower rider in Newport
In 1998, a Newport woman mowed her lawn while topless. A neighbor complained and the town ended up voting on whether to have an ordinance to prohibit women from being topless on their own land. The town overwhelmingly decided against it. Women should have the right to go topless on their own land, if they wish to do so.
I'm all for it!!! 8)
I want to hear how you feel about the older ones who now wear size 40 long! :)

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Re: I wonder if Piston is getting the 60s déjà view

Post by piston » Sun May 02, 2010 7:12 am

Madame wrote:
piston wrote:Hey, naked women celebrating Earth Day on their bikes, topless women protesting social norms favoring topless men, and the notorious 1998 case of the topless lawnmower rider in Newport
In 1998, a Newport woman mowed her lawn while topless. A neighbor complained and the town ended up voting on whether to have an ordinance to prohibit women from being topless on their own land. The town overwhelmingly decided against it. Women should have the right to go topless on their own land, if they wish to do so.
I'm all for it!!! 8)
I want to hear how you feel about the older ones who now wear size 40 long! :)
It depends on their facial expression: emancipation or obstruction? :wink: But they nevertheless do have the liberty to make a social statement in Maine, such as with a good "flashing" in a public place.
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Re: I wonder if Piston is getting the 60s déjà view

Post by John F » Sun May 02, 2010 7:14 am

It's springtime on campus...
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Re: I wonder if Piston is getting the 60s déjà view

Post by piston » Sun May 02, 2010 7:18 am

John F wrote:It's springtime on campus...
That it is. And high schools have to work harder on that apostrophe in "it's."
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