Ever Dreamscape was one of the most fiercely independent and outspoken women I’ve known and I can’t help but wonder what form her outrage over the recent Hollywood sexual harassment issues would take. After much thought I believe that like me she’d adopt a “Fuck ’em, but not in the way they want” attitude.
Sexual harassment is a violation of civil liberties; devaluing another because of who they are for one’s own gain. Any gender can sexually harass – even same gender – but primarily, it seems, men hate on women. Yes, hate. A complete lack of respect and a denial of dignity.
When I started my crusade for Topless Tuesday it was to show that men and women are not on equal footing. Women are often devalued by being denied the same rights. Men can be sans-shirt in places women cannot be, but why?
“The weaker sex can be taken advantage of! We must protect them!”
“Fuck you!” I say. The subtext is that men cannot control themselves. Grow up (or grow a pair?) and see women as fully-functional members of society. Give us our due dignity and rights.
It is time women fought back. We talk to each other, you know. We tell each other who YOU are. For too long we’ve left the battle at just passing information. It is time we stand up for what is right and fight back.
It is time for men to stand up, too, and let women have our rights. Let us be topless if we wish and for the goddess’s sake, let us have the same respect all humans deserve.
At least to me, Topless Tuesday is about protesting The Lab’s ban on topless female avatars in General-rated regions. To be honest, though, I’ve never read or heard that female toplessness is fully official. Here’s what I saw on a wiki:
Is simple nudity without sex Adult?
Depending on context, nudity may not require an Adult rating. For example all of the following could be rated Moderate:
A nude beach without sexual activity.
Skin vendors showing a nude skin to display the product.
Nude art that is not sexual.
Strip clubs that do not use adult words in search or host sex furniture.
Depending on the context, exposed genitalia may not be considered Adult. For example:
Hanging out at a nude beach would be fine.
Walking around pants-less on the mainland could be inappropriate.
Non-sexualized depictions of nudity are Moderate NOT Adult.
Okay, a little vague. Could I have been penalized for the picture in this post since I was shooting it for artistic purposes? I bet I could argue the point. What about when I walk around the west side of Bay City, the G-rated regions? I’m not having sex or displaying with intent to arouse. I’m just nekkid from the bellybutton on up. Any interpretation of this section, though, is clear that any sort of nudity should be avoided in General-rated regions without addressing the differences between female and male anatomies. Should men also be required to wear shirts?
So where do we stand? May I run topless through Linden Realms (as seen on my Flickr)? Would I be allowed to sunbathe topless outside the Bay City Arboretum (SLurl)? Pretty sure other policies would keep me from diving into Marianne McCann‘s backyard pool (as well as it is kinda shallow and no one wants to face the wrath of the pint-sized titan). I have invited an official reply to be added in the comments of this post, but if you have comments, I’d appreciate if you would add them, too.
Until then, I’m going to go about topless where I feel appropriate as sort of an empirical test of the subject. Join me?
Happy 4th of July Topless Tuesday, America! That’s right, this sacred event is a celebration of freedom. Women should be able to dress the same way men dress if they should choose to do so. Slacks, yes. There have been times women could not wear pants but were required to wear dresses. Shirtless, yes, but that is still limited.
There are fewer limitations on women in this respect in real life, however, than there are in Second Life. If I had wanted to attend the holiday fireworks without a shirt, I had the legal right (the fact that I was in bed, fast asleep this year not withstanding). I may window-shop downtown sans shirt should I wish (though stores are within their right to refuse admittance to anyone without a shirt),
In this picture, though, I’m breaking a Second Life law. I am in a G-rated region with my breasts exposed. This is a no-no for no good reason.
One day, when I have the time, I’m going to ask someone official at The Lab about this. Until then, I’m going to go topless wherever I wish to, risking whatever punishment is (not) merited.
Okay, please ignore the vagaries of the poses. I had no control over the stranger’s hand inside his body and no time to make adjustments to where my limbs showed up. Think of this as a guerrilla protest opportunity. Carpe potestatem, as it were.
There I was, wandering the SL14B Shop Till You Drop event ( SLurl ) and noticed that the regions were G-rated. “What a great place for Topless Tuesday,” I thought. And there was a guy being AFK right at a bench. Interestingly, he moved away when he “woke up.” Never before had that reaction from men when I’ve been topless.
Back to the point. Women should be allowed to be topless anywhere that men can be be topless, but while composing this picture, I believe that I came up with the rationale for women covering themselves.
Men can’t control themselves. The men who made this silly rule know that when visually stimulated by a bounteous bosom, they will give into their Id and start fondling the women they see. Men may be topless because women have such self-control that men won’t be molested by feminine hands on bare male chests.
I would like to thank Bay City’s Chief of Police, T.J. Hooker (really) his service to our fair city and for not arresting me for this picture.
The police station is in a G-rated sim, Edgartown, and per The Lab, I shouldn’t be topless there while any male avatar isn’t so restricted. This is discrimination but really, I shouldn’t have been there.
What? Uccie agreeing with the No Boobies Rule? Yes. T.J. set up this great build as a role play (RP) environment. As with the rest of Bay City, the 40s-60s era isn’t really suited to topless women. While I’m ready to muck about most of Bay City topless, I do try to respect the wishes of others so don’t expect me to be semi-nude at the station again, unless I’m being arrested.
A few days vacation in (so called) Real Life means I have time to just relax in Second Life for a bit. Having received a boat as a gift, I’ve been cruising the Blake Sea and parked at Siren’s Isle for today’s picture. Yes, the region does allow topless women but not all the places I visited were Mature rated so I broke the law a few times.
One of my plans while off work is to visit the real life USS Albacore, a retired submarine in nearby Portsmouth, NH. Legally, I could be topless while visiting, subject to arrest only if a disturbance breaks out or if asked to leave by the group that runs the facility (it is privately owned, I believe). Men can visit sans shirt, too, though they aren’t likely to be escorted off. But I’ll likely go with a sweatshirt as I’ll be alone and I’m still not confident enough to be bold around people in the flesh, so to speak. When some of the area’s various topless protests happen this Summer, though, I’m of a mind to go.