PHOTOS Topless women set to return to downtown Asheville with GoTopless Day on Aug. 24 at Pritchard Park

Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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Here we go again. Another topless rally is set for Asheville, this time in Pritchard Park on Aug. 24. Over the last three years, Asheville has seen the this topless rally go from a high-attendance circus (hundreds of gawkers and a downtown traffic jam) to a sad little affair (last year) featuring a handful of women who looked like they’d rather be elsewhere.

Want proof? Here’s a NSFW photo gallery of last year’s event.



GoTopless Day 2014 will fall on Sunday Aug. 24.

GoTopless Day always falls at the Sunday closest to Women’s Equality Day, Aug 26. It is indeed on Aug 26, 1920 that women earned their right to vote on the basis of Gender Equality. In 1971, the US Congress has made Aug 26 into a nationally recognized date and named it “Women’s Equality Day”. The president of the United States is summoned to commemorate this date each year.

It is only logical that GoTopless Day protests (or celebrations depending on the legal status of your city) would fall around Women’s Equality Day since the right to go topless for women is based on gender equality as their right to vote once was.

On Sunday Aug. 24, people in cities around the world are invited to stand up for women’s right to go topless in public. Please contact us if you would like to organize an event in your area so we can list your venue on our “Boob Map” 2014 . (Please refer to our legal map in our section topless laws to know the topless status in your state and call your DA to know what your city’s is)

Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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  1. theOtherBarry August 28, 2014

    Thanks Rep. Moffitt, for failing to pass a simple bill stopping this. Aren’t we inundated right now about how “effective” you are? Unlike the water seizure bill, or the surveillance-friendly drone bill, this is something that the majority of residents AND elected officials wanted from you.

    Couldn’t pull it off? Really? Or is it because you like anything that makes Asheville looks ridiculous, and so why stop it? That’s a real mature attitude from a legislator. The one thing we asked you for, that’s the one thing you refuse to do.

  2. Harry August 19, 2014

    What a bunch of pigs.

  3. indie August 19, 2014

    I think the city should consider making participation mandatory. At least selectively.

  4. Laura August 19, 2014

    It’s a ploy to gather signatures for a “petition” which becomes a mailing list for an alien-worship group called Raelians. Not kidding. They use the rallies to attract members.

    Meanwhile in France:



  5. Clint August 19, 2014

    I don’t want to see ANY bare breasts downtown- male or female. I believe there should be an ordinance banning all exposed nipples, at least for downtown. I’m sick of seeing douche-bag males strutting around downtown with their t-shirts flung over their shoulders, acting like they’re putting on a show for the ladies. Yes, this is an open-minded, hippy-ish community, so freedom and equality and blah blah blah. But do women really want to emulate the trashy, misogynistic brutes who already contaminate the downtown scene? How about we all try to dress and act like civilized people?
    No, breasts are not against the law, at least not in this state and city, but baring them in public (male or female) for no other reason than to put on a show is an affront to decency. If those shirtless guys weren’t so damn muscled up, I’d tell them to their faces.

  6. Mike August 19, 2014

    The history of this protest cracks me up…

    at first it was to protest laws against going topless, etc.

    Then they found out (oops) It wasn’t against the law in the first place, so…

    It turned into a celebration of the right to go topless….

    And, it’s always 3 topless women, and about 25 (upper to middle aged men) standing around taking pictures.

    This is More a celebration of ‘creepy old men get to see boobs’ – and take pictures…

    1. boatrocker August 19, 2014

      I’ll be the guy downtown throwing Andrew Jacksons to the 3 women who just have to show us their (tasting barf) boobs who didn’t end the Vietnam War, guarantee equal rights for those with more melanin or shatter the glass ceiling for women. I’m guessing they’ll be wearing socks and crocs too. In other words, shriveled boobs are nothing special. It’s legal in NC.

      I’d rather they go home and write a letter to a congressman/womyn instead. After voting.

  7. Sean L August 19, 2014

    If we’re going to start creating modern holidays, can we just pick a date for them so they don’t float all over the calendar? That would be great.


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