), female students hide and agonize and wish the world were different — or don’t even think to wish that, since they’ve been taught from childhood that their bodies must be covered. We all introduced ourselves, and discovered just how much we had in common.
The more progressive among them might have a vague sense that at some point it becomes okay for them to take their shirts off too…but when, exactly, they don’t know. (This despite the group randomly being one of the most diverse we’ve ever assembled.) And we did all of this bare from the waist up.
When I arrived, however, I felt welcomed by the group and soon I didn’t feel awkward at all.Everyone was very kind and the good conversation quickly took my mind off of the fact that I was topless.It’s not automatically true in private establishments such as restaurants (which are free to impose a “no shoes, no shirts, no service” policy as long as it’s applied impartially), but any private establishment permit toplessness if it wishes.With that in mind, we thought we’d commemorate the winding down of summer with a day in which we did all three: began at midday in a downtown park, then took a long afternoon stroll along the waterside and through the streets of lower Manhattan, and finally sat down in the evening for a group dinner at a friendly establishment that didn’t mind our dining .Joining us for this very special event was our old friend Chelsea Covington, a tireless and passionate advocate for equal rights in general and topfreedom in particular.
Chelsea is the brave soul at the center of the legal case you may have seen in the news regarding women’s rights to go topless on the beach in Maryland.I was so pleasantly surprised at how natural it felt to be in a park, topless.Being surrounded by so many other beautiful smiling women helped ease the initial shock of showing up alone to a topless picnic in the park.To find out when and where we’ll be meeting next, write to us at toplesspulpfiction[AT]It is of course legal for women to go topless in New York anywhere a man can, and it has been for the past 25 years.We’re a group of friends, and friends of friends, and friends of friends of friends, and complete strangers, who love good books and sunny days and enjoying both as nearly in the altogether as the law allows.