Some of the activity at the Go Topless event in Montreal on Sunday, Aug. 24. (Photo: Jillian Page)
Some of the activity at the Go Topless event in Montreal on Sunday, Aug. 24. (Photo: Jillian Page)

Does it surprise anyone that my report on Sunday’s Montreal Go Topless event drew many readers — more than 7,300 in my Gazette blog alone, a lot for a little blog like that one, which averages between 500 and 1,200 hits a day.

But why so much interest in this event? Is it voyeurism on the part of a lot of males hoping to get a glimpse of some boobs? Or do a lot of people genuinely support the cause of equality for women to simply go topless in social situations where men are permitted to do so?

I think it is the latter: a lot of women want the right, even if they won’t exercise it all that often. And I feel, yes, a lot of men support the cause, too. They feel women should have the right. I don’t think there are many voyeurs reading my blog report, because there is all sorts of nudity on the Internet — my Gazette blog is the last place they would go to seek it.

But what about the large number of men who were snapping pictures at Sunday’s event on Mont-Royal? Were they voyeurs? Or were they just catching images of “an event,” of a demonstration, of history being made? Again, I don’t think they were voyeurs. I think they were much like the people who go down to the Old Port and take pictures of the tall ships when they are here.

Regardless of how you dissect the numbers, one unanimous conclusion might be that there was — and still is — a lot of interest in the event, even if thousands didn’t actually show up on a hot Sunday in August to show their support.

And I personally conclude that a lot of people support topless equality for women.

The video below of the event was created by Scott RedCloud, who blogs at The Naturist Page


– Jillian