Moira Johnston, Activist, Following the Law in New York
From Daily Mail article that links to this one
Activist Moira Johnston Arrested in New York
Activist Moira Johnston, age 29, was arrested in New York on May 16, 2012 while standing near a park. These weapons of hers do not destroy physical things but destroy the sanity of uptight people.
This was written May 21, 2012. It has been legal for women to be topless in the state of New York since 1992. More specifically in any place in NY, like a gym, a woman can wear exactly what a man wears or does not wear.
In 1992, the New York Court of Appeals ruled unconstitutional any law imposing different dress codes for men and women. In this case, the 14th amendment of the constitution, which provides for equal protection under the law, overrode a discriminatory dress code.
Disclaimer-- I am not a lawyer so I cannot give legal advice. Also I am not a doctor so I cannot give medical advice so this applies to all of my articles. Consult your lawyer or doctor for legal or medical advice. Police detaining someone against their will is the same as arresting them. Moira Johnston was released after an hour with no charges.
Activist Moira Johnston had been going around New York topless for a couple of weeks to raise awareness of women having the same rights as men in the state of New York. It is legal for women to go topless in Ohio; Texas; Washington, DC; Idaho; Maine and in some cities in other states (see link at the bottom of this article). It is illegal for women to go topless in other states since they do not have the same rights as men.
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Moira Johnston says that her mother is a breast cancer survivor and how that is associated with this. When Moira does yoga, she wants to be able to do it topless like men but she is not allowed to do that, which is against the law in New York. Will Moira Johnston someday be like Rosa Parks (the first lady of civil rights, the mother of the freedom movement)?
On August 26, 2012 it is Women's Equality Day (Joint Resolution of Congress, 1971 Designating August 26 of each year as Women's Equality Day). That day has been chosen as International Go Topless day (gotopless.org). They believe that men should not have the right to not wear anything above the waist or that women should have the right to not wear anything above the waist otherwise it violates the constitution.
Latest News August 18, 2012
Moira Johnston was interviewed on CNN on the Dr. Drew show on August 17, 2012. Click to see the video here. She is fully clothed on this. HLN's Dr. Drew talks to attorney Lisa Bloom about the legality of this. "Johnston told HLN’s Dr. Drew Thursday night that there is double standard among men and women in our culture concerning our bodies."
Moira Johnston also said that she made her living as a dancer without a top or bra on. "HLN, formerly known as CNN Headline News and CNN2, is a cable television news channel based in the United States and a spinoff of the cable news television channel, CNN" according to Wikipedia.
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Blacks got the right to vote before women got the right to vote. Women are second class citizens in the U.S. and in most of the world. It is legal for women to go topless in Denmark. Also many men consider women to be cursed since they are unclean and that is why they menstruate. This may contribute to many more women having trouble with eating disorders than men. Also in most institutions women cannot become Priests or Rabbis in the Catholic and Jewish religions due to the above.
This week they had on the cover of Time magazine , a woman breastfeeding her 3 year old son. A feminist is someone who believes that men and women should have equal rights-- no more and no less. In a survey many girls were asked if they were feminists and almost all said "no" but said that they do believe in men and women having equal rights.
In 2005, Jill Coccaro, aka Phoenix Feeley, was arrested for walking down the street topless in New York. She sued the city and was paid $29,000 to settle the case. On August 23, 2011, a number of men and women celebrated Go Topless Day in New York City's Central Park.
The 2012 Go Topless Day rallies are scheduled to be held on August 26, the Women's Equality Day, at cities in the United States, Canada, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and France.
Also see Topfree Equal Rights Association (tera.ca) for more pictures, including Moira Johnston being arrested by, what appears to be, a male New York City Police Officer and more about being topless and breastfeeding around the world.
In another article I talked about attachment parenting. There was a great book about this in the 1970s by a psychologist living with a tribe in South America that had been bringing up children the same for tens of thousands of years. I suggest everyone read it-- The Continuum Concept . But these indigenous people have been considered Godless savages by Christians.
More recently a Christian M.D. (Dr. William Sears) wrote a book on it called The Baby Book . I have not read it but it may have some problems not in the earlier book that prompted Time Magazine to make fun of attachment parenting. In the Yequana village in the book, the children never fight. Also the parents never tell the child what to do like a dictator dictating. These children are extremely mature and good natured.
Actually I was reading some of The Baby Book and the author, William Sears M.D., was investigating different ways that people were raising infants. Many knew about attachment parenting from that previous book. Dr Sears was very impressed with how these children raised this way were turning out. He noticed that they were smarter, healthier, more empathetic (sensing the feelings of others) and more bonded to people than to things. The major problem with America and the Western world is people care more about money than people.
Because of how these children in the Yequana village are raised, they are extremely social and want to help out whenever they can. Also sometimes people will ask you for a favor and put you on the spot. You have to agree or turn them down. The people in the Yequana village never do this! Say their child gets bit by a snake and needs to go to a hospital. They do not ask anyone to take them. They will just say to someone "my child got bit by a snake." Then the other person can offer to help them and take them to the hospital. One psychologist said that if there were a book that could save the world, this is that book-- The Continuum Concept .
Also because of how these children were raised, they knew by instinct how to raise children. Children do not learn by what you tell them but by imitation like imitating you. So if you want a great child then you be great. For example Congressman Ron Paul's son, Rand, is a U.S. senator. If someone was not raised by being held much then they may have problems doing it with their children.
This book has many powerful things in it that psychologist Jean Liedloff learned in this village. For example she says that when a baby is crying, it sounds like someone is being tortured since that may actually be what is happening. People who had been raised this way would never force their babies to sleep alone. But children who were tortured growing up feel that is the normal way of bringing up children.
The current problems with the economy in the U.S. and the world stems from children being raised without attachment parenting. They were taught the value of money. Note that thousands of years ago, children were raised in villages where there was no money and everyone in the village shared everything so there were no rich or poor. Now there are many villages that do not have money like one tribe in the Amazon that they had found had no contact with other people. The saying is "It takes a village to raise a child" not it takes money to raise a child.
Ausseye on August 08, 2012:
Hi Chuck: Your right, freedom is everyone’s right and so it should be for topless people, the point is very well made in a cloth free environment. No but for real, good cry for a fairer world, especially for the fairer sex. Better more sociable people starting from their childhood is a world goal we should all encourage. Mind you I don’t know if it would alter those cold souls sociopaths and their cohort, but we can but hope their colder brains benefit equally from a loving family. Good hub and a good rub of those money obsessed impersonal societies. By the way you chuck a good argument at important issues. Da Eye
Chuck Bluestein (author) from Morristown, AZ, USA on July 02, 2012:
Thanks for joining HubPages to leave this comment. Maybe Moira will be like the next Rosa Parks. She refused to give up her seat on a bus to allow a white passenger to sit there. Now the U.S. Congress calls her "the first lady of civil rights" and "the mother of the freedom movement."
gotoplessorg on July 02, 2012:
Thanks Moira! Wonderful to see you exercising your topless right in NYC. GoTopless will organize another GoTopless Day across the country this year, on Aug 26 in honor of women's Equality Day. Topless rights are constitutional! See participating cities' event locations including NYC on Gotopless.org
Chuck Bluestein (author) from Morristown, AZ, USA on June 02, 2012:
Thanks! Of course without a law against women being topless anywhere in the U.S. there would be no problems with breastfeeding in public like there is now. As you know in tribal societies in Africa there is no problem with this. If they were to hear about this, they would think that there is something seriously wrong with Americans.
Krystal from Los Angeles on June 01, 2012:
I love that you wrote about this! This woman obviously feels passionate about bring awareness. I would have never even noticed this law difference. Interesting!
Chuck Bluestein (author) from Morristown, AZ, USA on May 23, 2012:
Thanks, Becky. We need more activist/writers that have a Bachelor of Science in Criminolgy, Justice Studies and Sociology like you.
Chuck Bluestein (author) from Morristown, AZ, USA on May 23, 2012:
Becky Bruce from San Diego, CA on May 23, 2012:
2brknot2b on May 23, 2012:
I find the female form, especially if well kept, not fat, or frumpy, fairly flattering.
Chuck Bluestein (author) from Morristown, AZ, USA on May 22, 2012:
Atavistic-- atavism: recurrence of or reversion to a past style, manner, outlook, approach, or activity.
At least we have not burned any witches for awhile. The word bitch rhymes with witch. A bitch is a female dog. Then it was a derogatory word for women. But now many women call themselves a bitch just like blacks calling themselves the N word. I do not think that this is a good idea.
Grace Marguerite Williams from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York on May 22, 2012:
Great hub. We are still ruled by atavistic opinions and mores. What a shame!
ken blair on May 21, 2012:
It takes courage to do that, well if she knows what she's doing then she should be aware of the consequence of such action. Interesting story!
chamilj from Sri Lanka on May 21, 2012:
I am a man but I feel women should have right to go topless. :)
Nice information. Voted up!