Two dozen women march topless

Posted by David Khoirul
They took off their bras. Men watched them, enjoyed the view and smiled. Some even took photos. These women marched in protest against the discrimination between men and women in Maine, a state in the New England region of the northeastern United States. They insisted that women be allowed to be topless in public just like men being allowed to do the same thing. If men can do it, why can't women do it?

Here's the report:

Hundreds of people packed Farmington Friday as about two dozen women staged a protest, marching topless through the streets.

Police were on hand to make sure things did not get out of control. Maine law allows anyone to be topless in public.

University of Maine at Farmington senior Andrea Simoneau organized the topless march for gender equality. Simoneau said she did it for two reasons. One, to remind people that it is legal for women to be topless in Maine, and two, to help combat what she says is a double standard when it comes to people's reactions when they see women topless, as opposed to men.

Simoneau said, "I'd like them to open their minds to the normalization of female toplessness. We didn't cause any harm, and in the future, I don't think any topless woman, that by itself, causes any harm."

Not everyone agreed with Simoneau's message. Elaine Graham, who lives in Farmington, said today's march was harmful to the community.

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