I read with interest Carl Mumpower's complaints about the Aug. 21 GoTopless rally in the Aug. 23 Asheville Citizen-Times. I believe his concerns are important.
Mumpower states correctly that the Citizen-Times' website self-censored its material and one "U-Tube" [sic] video claimed it was not appropriate for minors. But finding examples one likes doesn't prove one is right. Those are editorial decisions, and not necessarily correct. There are also plenty of uncensored, unrestricted representations of the Asheville event.
In that connection, the Topfree Equal Rights Association’s website, www.tera.ca, has has a large report on the Asheville and similar demonstrations of last Sunday. It is uncensored and available to anyone of any age.
Mumpower describes one video as containing "a striptease dance." If simply taking off one's shirt in a very short time qualifies, then I wonder whether he performs such a dance often himself, possibly even at one of North Carolina's famous beaches.
His actions based on his apparent belief that the human body per se and women's rights are harmful to minors are not only worrisome, they promote the abuse that he seems to want to combat.
Mumpower's complaints will also do a good job of keeping alive the event that he disliked, and even promoting what it stood for.
— Paul Rapoport
Ancaster, Ontario, Canada