Organizers have announced that, once again, Asheville will be the site of a “GoTopless” rally . The event takes place on Aug. 26, which is also national Women’s Equality Day.
It is legal for women to appear in public bare-chested in North Carolina, and organizers are encouraging women to exercise that right during the planned event, which will likely include a march and speeches. The rally advocates for women across the country to have the same rights as men when it comes to what parts of their bodies can be exposed in public, say organizers. At this writing, Asheville is by far the smallest city scheduled for a rally; other sites include Washington D.C., New York and San Francisco.
A similar event last year drew big crowds and much controversy. In response, former Asheville City Council member Carl Mumpower and former Buncombe County Republican Party Chair Chad Nesbitt organized a counter “Asheville Rally to Protect Our Children From Abuse.” Organizers of that event charged that allowing children to be exposed topless women was akin to child abuse.
Some critics have also charged that the GoTopless rallies are publicity stunts for the Raelians, a cult that believes alien scientists created human beings.
More details of this year’s GoTopless rally are yet to be announced.