Topless rally set for Sunday in Asheville

Jason Sandford

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

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GoTopless-Asheville-P006rTwo women were strolling around downtown showing their bare breasts in advance of the annual topless rally in town. This year will mark the third year in a row for the event. From

GoTopless Day 2013 will fall on Sunday Aug. 25. 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. 25, people in cities around the world are invited to stand up for women’s right to go topless in public.

Asheville’s event is set for 1 p.m. at Pack Square.

There’s plenty of background on this event, background here and here.


Jason Sandford

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

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  1. Wlkaes August 20, 2013

    What would make for an interesting article is how this protest was created by a UFO cult, the Raelians. According to the Huff Post, “members believe that humans were created by advanced scientists known as the “Elohim,” and that not allowing women to go topless is an insult to the aliens’ artistry.” The cult also attempted to fool the world into thinking their cloning science had created the first clones babies.

    Considering how few Ashevillians like to adhere to critical thinking, this protest, and the lack of knowledge about its origins, doesn’t surprise me.

    1. CraveRecords August 21, 2013

      Every year since this rally has taken place in Asheville, the information from the article you posted has been reported on/pointed out. Lack of knowledge, interesting.

    2. smytty August 21, 2013

      Except that “boobs” makes for much more interesting headlines. How many of the yokels that turn out for or against this event give a single rip about the wacky alien politics?

      Regardless of whence it was formed, this spectacle has come to symbolize the worst of Asheville and the Bible belt on both sides.

      I wish these fine folks would give it a rest, and take their misguided protest of something that isn’t illegal here to some other small town. Asheville is growing weary of these shenanigans and obvious attention seeking behavior from the right and the left.

    3. Maybe, Maybe Not August 21, 2013

      No, that wouldn’t make it interesting. Nothing interesting about these people at all.

    4. bb August 30, 2013

      It was subtly pointed out last year. See the Raelian and space ship literature in their hands?

  2. Shorty August 20, 2013

    I saw a couple of the topless skanks out and about today. They must have arrived early to get a good seat.

    1. Leigh August 23, 2013

      You are very unintelligent… It’s legal to walk topless in Asheville at all times.. It’s about womens equality. No need to call names

      1. Underground Steve August 27, 2013

        It’s about women who have no self respect and are looking for the attention they didn’t get from their mothers and fathers.


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