To be a website for that long is unusual; indeed, TERA is the longest-running organization and website devoted to its topic in the world. At this point, TERA stops posting news and commentary. The site will stay up, although the only things posted will probably be the content of legal cases, occasionally. TERA will continue to answer questions and to help women where possible. We have a network to take care of that. People have better ways of getting topfreedom news now. These days a site like this needs to be engaged in a variety of ways, including through a large social media presence, even to be noticed, and especially to have an effect.
Others have to take that on. In some ways, things haven't changed: In other ways, much has changed: Perhaps the Free the Nipple movement will grow, coalesce, and produce substantial change. A woman swmming topfree in Neptune Beach, Florida has been charged with "exposing sexual organs. We hope Sunny Bee Schoen contests the charge. Tomorrow two women will perform a unique wax candle burning ceremony in Iceland to mark years of women's voting rights there. The hundred candles are in the shape of volunteer women's breasts.
The individual pieces of wax will slowly melt to form a single sculptural mass. Anna Goodman has been charged with a sex crime for being topfree in her own apartment building's swimming pool in West Hollywood, California.
Here is her eloquent defence of being topfree. The police came, the women put on pasties, the police left, the women took the pasties off. Using Free the Nipple to make nipples not free? The principals in the event present video coverage of it and their explanation here. A short professional video is here , with a much longer commentary by a participant here. The latter is made by a UCSD student who's made a series of topfree videos. Notably, they discuss many topics, only some of which relate to topfreedom.
Equally notably, the presenter is topfree in them but just talking about whatever she wishes. Isn't that the way it should be? Topfreedom in the videos is normalized, not something special, and not used only in protest or at an event where it's the subject. A topfree event was held today in San Francisco to protest the killing of black women and children.
A brief report is here. A neighbourhood council in Venice, California wants to reinstate topfree equality , but only, it seems, on Venice Beach for the activity of sunbathing. That, of course, is not equality but segregation. In any case, although there's a push for this move, it hasn't happened yet.
Here's an interview with the person behind the idea. A somewhat biased article tries to describe the phenomenon of recent painted topfree women in New York City.
Note the comment that topfree women are "engaging in child pornography. She informed the police that they were wrong, but that made no difference. Her case was nonetheless dismissed a month later. Partly in protest against her arrest, she organized an all-gender-inclusive Toptional Ride through Chico a few days ago.
That unleashed a storm of protests in Iceland, with women posting photos of themselves, if not topfree, then certainly showing their support of Adda and the Free the Nipple campaign. Most of the photos went onto Twitter. Most of the commentary is, of course, is not worth anyone's time.
A few exceptions are noted below. A video is here. At Laugardalslaug March 26 Topfree swimming is possible in most of Iceland but isn't common, according to this report. Another good article is here. Shove it up your patriarchy. FreeTheNipple" April She's been arrested because, the police say, what she did is the same as a man exposing his genitals.
The question TERA poses is whether this sort of action is part of topfreedom. Her actions were directed against the government's Bill C, which would permanently remove most rights and freedoms in the Canadian constitution.
This time, she was banned from Parliament for a year without a trial or anything similar. Reports she was arrested for public indecency haven't been confirmed. In Canada it's legal for women to be bare-breasted in Ontario at least. Here's a pleasant interview with Victoria Bolton. She explains her situation after being removed from her classroom position in Greenburgh, New York for appearing topfree in the movie Free the Nipple.
Renowned lawyer Ron Kuby calls her removal a violation of her constitutional rights. The school board's superintendent claims that Victoria is a problem because "when children and a school are drawn into topics that have not been first assessed by their parents, that trust is violated. Does the board also censor topics that may be discussed in the schoolyard, such as sports or movies?
Does it think teenagers are ignorant? The school board and its superintendent are a far bigger problem than Victoria Bolton would ever be. Nickelodeon has pulled off the air the March 5 episode of its French cartoon Oggy and the Cockroaches because of a few seconds of a caricature of a topfree woman.
One father was "extremely unhappy" because he had to tell his 8-year-old son, who had seen the episode, about female anatomy. The Boobs of Bushwick don't refer to a movie, a movement, or even a novel. It's a party in an area Bushwick of Brooklyn, New York. Despite the suggested informality, there's a good article on its nature and significance in the Village Voice.
An actor has been reprimanded by her employer in Greenburgh, New York for exercising and affirming her rights. Victoria Bolton, who appears topfree in the movie Free the Nipple, was told by the high school she's a computer aide at that she was liable to be fired, and was ordered to hide her acting in the movie from her students. Not only does the school official involved not seem to know of something called the Internet, she is engaging in blatantly unjust threats.
Meanwhile, Victoria Bolton has been removed from her role with students and hidden away in a school administration building. The students will never ask, or find out, why their computer aide has disappeared, right? With other women, she also attended the movie premiere topfree, which was also her and their right. A week ago, Chelsea Handler posted this photo on Twitter. Although it's not topfree and emphasizes her breasts, it does suggest a kind of innocent?
Mardi gras fun in a quasi-topfree mode. The picture may not be as notable as its caption: Recently a legislator in Montana proposed a law that would ban yoga pants in public, also speedos, also women's and men's nipples, also anything that looked like them. The news media gobbled this up and regurgitated it with gusto, which is exactly what the legislator wanted: Periodically, pompous, self-righteous, know-nothing politicians engage in this sort of activity to play to constituents of like mindor lack of mind, more accurately.
This particular bill is not going anywhere which is little comfort to those living under equally absurd and unjust existing laws, in Montana or elsewhere. Something we've not seen much of: From Spring , a cheery little piece! Miley Cyrus is definitely one to "free the nipple. Notably, that has someone else topfree in it Patrick Schwarzenegger. There are many discussions on the Internet about the new movie Free the Nipple, as well as many women posting topfree selfies in support of its principles.
Happily, there's too much material for us to summarize it. Sonoko Tagami has filed suit against the city of Chicago over the actions of police against her last August in the annual Go Topless day in that city.
Specifically, her suit claims that "Municipal Code is facially unconstitutional. The city's response is here. We find the latter substantially without merit. We note also that Sonoko's filing cites the 14th Amendment. In the unlikely event that her liability for "indecent exposure" is overturned, probably the 14th Amendment will be ignored, as it has been before, even though it should not be. In South Carolina Jeannie Jonas has begun serving a day jail sentence for being topfree.
Although the case has more to it than that, we find this unjust in the extreme. Her public defender told her to plead guilty: The intrepid topfree activist Heather Crawford has sent us a link to her topfreedom log.
It lists every public occasion when she was topfree in I decided to keep a log of my topfree pursuits this year, both to embolden myself and to inspire others as to what might be possible if we push the cultural envelope.
It bears mentioning that in only one of these incidents did I witness any negative reaction, and in every case I felt better than if I had not allowed myself to be daring.
All the places are in California unless noted otherwise.