@Drea and @Mentalist Traceur : i understand the point she is trying to make, and i also understand the points you are trying to emphasize. I just have a more cynical point of view on this manner. A woman protesting her right that she is allowed to walk around topless in NYC is "asking for it". I am not trying to raise an argument that I think what she is doing is wrong, I'm trying to say that what she is doing is in fact a huge way to gain unnecessary attention, good and bad. In this particular manner, more so the latter. I'm completely aware that rapists and molesters will still rape and molest regardless if she was fat, skinny, attractive, ugly, dressed or clothed. THAT IS THE POINT! This world is totally disgusting and unsafe.
A topless woman, regardless if you believe boobs are body parts and not sex objects, is going to gain a lot more attention then the fully clothed woman or a woman in a bikini. If a woman is wearing clothes and a woman is topless, who is the pervert more likely to address? She is walking around the streets of new york, and your telling me that if she happens to stop by that disgusting pervert on the street corner, or dirty hobo looking for someone who looks "friendly", he's NOT going to want to let his hands "accidentally" grab a hold of her goodies MORE SO then if she was clothed. I'm more so concerned with the safety of this and all other women in the world, and though what she is doing is "honorable" in some fashion, it is still dangerous.
The world is a really sick place, and as much as we would like to think we can change the views of society and make this world a better place with equality for all, its not gonna start with this woman walking around topless. There's already too much filth in the world commanding priority over this woman's so-called protest. The fact that she is using a law from 1992 to make a point seems more like a way for her to just gain unnecessary attention.
Comparing someone walking around topless in public and a protestor ranting views that could upset someone are two completely different things. I'm not looking at what this woman is doing from a protesting stand point, because I protest and volunteer at my school for countless events. I'm looking at it from a normal person's stand point. I don't even see the similarities in someone walking around making stupid remarks and someone walking around topless.
To raise an even more interesting debate, if this woman was 16 or 17, I'm sure everyone would be up right outraged and appalled. Or how about if it was a woman who was exercising her right to walk around topless at an elementary school playground?
What I will say I am very proud of and will applaud, whether i believe it was her actual intentions or not, is that she is taking a more radical approach to get her message across. We need more courageous people like this in our society, who want to make a difference, but there are other more organized, structured, and frankily safer, ways to go about this. I would hope that I could live in a world where women aren't objectified and boobs aren't viewed as sex objects, but prostutition, pornography, and strip clubs, aren't going to be shutting down anytime soon. This woman appears to be making a stunt for attention more so then to "bring awareness" even though she is doing a good job at bringing awareness to a law not very many people are aware of.