It’s almost upon us: Go Topless Day, an international event being held locally in Montreal on Sunday, Aug. 24.
I mentioned it in an earlier post, and said then that I would write more about it as the date drew nearer.
Today, I read an article by Toula Drimonis on a site called Headspace. Toula is troubled by the fact the event is sponsored by the Raelian Movement, and accuses some of us of lazy journalism for not reporting that fact.
Interesting. In my initial report, I did provide a link to the Raelian Movement’s GoTopless.org website, along with a quote by Rael, the leader of the movement.
But, true, I didn’t play up the Raelian angle in my first blog report, because I felt it was irrelevant. I don’t believe for a moment that the reason the Raelians sponsor the event is to recruit women. Why? Because I have a friend who is a Raelian. I have encountered many Raelians in the last six or seven years, and they have been nothing but kind. They are good people who do not try to force their belief system on others.
As for their spiritual beliefs — not unlike the ancient Sumerians’ beliefs — I am fully aware of them and I couldn’t care less. To each their own. I have other friends who believe in far-out religions, too, like Catholics and various other Christians. And I am a Theosophist who believes in reincarnation and karma. I don’t hold the supernatural belief systems of people against them — unless they are beheading children and innocent people. I do not discriminate; and I attend events sponsored by people who hold all sorts of spiritual beliefs in religious organizations that have all had some sort of dubious beginnings and often questionable founders. In short, I don’t report on a person’s religion or race or colour unless it is absolutely relevant. Which is where Toula and I might disagree. Toula finds the Raelian involvement particularly relevant; I don’t. Again, to each their own. I respect Toula’s right to express disapproval.
So, as the Gazette blogger Toula was probably referring to, now you know why I didn’t feel it necessary in my July preview to dwell on the fact the Raelian Movement sponsored the event.
This Sunday at the Go Topless event, I guarantee the Raelians will not be clubbing women and dragging them off to lairs. They will be there to support a principle, that women should have the same civil rights men have. If some of the people there become interested in the Raelian Movement, it won’t be because anybody brainwashed them or forced them. And, hey, I’ve known them for several years and I’m still a Theosophist — not a Raelian.
I say, kudos to the Raelians for sponsoring the event, and I wonder why some other group didn’t do it.
Below is my original preview of the event, which I posted here on July 29. It has the links and info you need if you are thinking of attending:
From July 29:
There seems to be a common theme in my blog posts here recently: liberation of the body in its natural state in social settings.
In keeping with that theme, Sunday, Aug. 24 is International Go Topless Day, in which women seek the same rights men have to go bare-chested in public. You can read more about it on the Go Topless site at gotopless.org.
I received an invitation to attend the Montreal version of Go Topless Day, scheduled for 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Georges-Étienne Cartier monument, and will probably attend because it is a cause I believe in. When I am in Ontario, I can be topless in public, apparently. But not in Quebec, where women do not share equality with men when it comes to baring their breasts in public. In truth, though, I have to admit that I don’t see any women baring their breasts in public in Ontario, unless they are in social nudism settings. But they do have the right, I am told — and that’s what is important. Quebec women should have the right, too.
So, here is the link to the Facebook events page for the Montreal event. And below is an unedited Google English translation of the description for the event:
Sunday, August 24, GoTopless, an organization of women who advocate for the equal rights of women to be topless, celebrating its 7th edition. For this occasion, many women exercise their right to bare breasts in public, in honor of the Day of the Equality of Women. The action GoTopless is composed of thousands of men and women of different beliefs, associations and sexual orientations, who will gather at the monument Georges-Étienne Cartier (instead of Tam-Tams), to celebrate the beauty, freedom, equality. “Where men have the right to go topless in public, women should have the same right. Otherwise, men should wear clothing to cover their breasts,” says Rael, spiritual leader and founder of GoTopless.
I will write more about it all in the week leading up to the event.