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The shirtless men and women behind National GoTopless Day (NSFW) are protesting at Lafayette Square this Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. They’re agitating for a woman’s right to go topless if she chooses, a right of which they’ll be taking full advantage.
But take a look at this topless fellow’s necklace from last year’s protest—-a swastika inside a Star of David. That’s a symbol of the Raëlian Movement, a group European governments have called called a cult that you may remember from the time they claimed to have cloned a person in 2002. The Raëlians have been behind GoTopless Day since founder Raëlbegan to identify with the plight of the topless, according to 25-year Raëlian and topless rights activist Donna Newman.
“Why is it illegal for me to take my top off in public, and not for men?” Newman says. Newman would like to see Barack Obama protect bare-chested rights, possibly through a constitutional amendment, and is promoting a petition to that effect.
I fell down an Internet hole about the Raëlians recently, and while I’ve learned a lot about Raël, his passion for race-car driving, and his desire to build embassies in anticipation of the eventual return of our intergalactic creators in their spaceships, I haven’t been able to figure out what any of this has to do with breast rights, other than perhaps a thirst for publicity.
Newman denies this has anything to do with getting more attention for the Raëlians. ‘This is as important as any other issue that is happening on this planet,” she says.
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