"Free Your Breasts, Free Your Mind": Topless Rally in Asheville, NC Celebrates Women's Rights

Asheville, North Carolina, population 84,000, is one of the crunchiest towns in the country. Often called the "San Francisco of the East," it attracts free spirits and artists who enjoy its Patchouli-scented charms. If you've been there, it's not such a big surprise that on Sunday, a group of women would take off their tops in the middle of downtown to celebrate women's rights.

The Wall Street Journal was sufficiently intrigued by the gathering in a state usually deemed conservative to run a piece on it today under the headline: "Asheville, NC Debates: How Weird is Too Weird?":

"Asheville was among a number of cities hosting Go Topless Day rallies on Sunday, the anniversary of the adoption of the U.S. Constitution's 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote. The Go Topless Day event was founded in 2007 by the Raelian spiritual movement, which believes human beings were created perfect by extraterrestrial scientists. Their slogan: 'Free your breasts, free your mind.' Still, most of the woman participating here and in other places across the country are not adherents of the Raelian movement."

Even in this do-as-you-please-town, some were upset by the display of female bosoms. A few protested the rally by carrying crosses and denouncing the town's "spiritual wickedness."

No doubt, many conservatives find the idea of women showing their breasts in public to be "weird." But isn't it actually a lot weirder to live in the modern age and not understand how the female body functions, ala Todd Akin?

Jeff Johnson of Huntsville, Ala., who organized the event, said the rally was intended to promote women's equality. "We're going to fight for the right for women and men to be treated equally," he said.

Equality between the sexes. Wow. How weird is that?!?

AlterNet / By Lynn Stuart Parramore

Posted at August 27, 2012, 12:05pm