Whadda Bust! Columbia Topless Rally Draws More Men Than Women [PHOTOS]
|Photos by Hunter Woodall|
|Columbia's oppressed women. Well, one of 'em, anyway.|
The 12-minute speech reflected heavily on the Nineteenth Amendment, ratified 92 years ago this month, that gave U.S. women the right to vote. It's the hope of GoTopless.org that women everywhere will be able to publicly display their nude torsos by the time the amendment celebrates its centennial anniversary. (The group chose to demonstrate in Columbia after learning that the city had no ordinance specifically prohibiting females from going topless.)
More than half of the thirty or so protestors who bared their chests yesterday were men -- much to the disappointment of dozens of male onlookers who showed up to witness the spectacle at Columbia's Peace Park near the University of Missouri campus. (None of those male gawkers, btw, wanted to give their names when interviewed for this story.)
One of the first women to shed her top was Donna Gabriel, who drove in from out of town to attend the protest.
|Donna Gabriel (right) says she has attended two similar rallies in recent years.|
Following the speech, the protestors marched through the streets of downtown Columbia garnering double-takes from motorists and passersby, many of whom whipped out their smartphones to snap a photo. A downpour -- the first measurable rain in weeks -- did little to dampen the enthusiasm of the protestors as they marched and sang: "Hip hip, ho ho, the war on women has got to go," and "the breast, united, will never be defeated."
Editor's note: Click to Page 2 for additional photos from the protest. But a word of warning: They're not safe for work and cannot be unseen.