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DoYouEverWonder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 10:20 PM
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Appeals court upholds woman's right to protest while topless
Oct 12, 2006

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- A woman, who was arrested when she exposed her breasts to protest laws that bar women from publicly going bare breasted, can demonstrate topless as part of a legitimate political protest, an appeals court has ruled.

The 7th Judicial Circuit Court of Appeals on Oct. 5 upheld a Volusia County judge's opinion that Elizabeth Book could protest while topless on the city's Main Street Bridge.

Book, of Ormond Beach, was arrested by Daytona Beach police and fined $253 during Bike Week in March 2004. The city said she violated an ordinance banning public nudity that was passed in 2002 to curb indecency at special events.

Book's attorney, Lawrence G. Walters, said the latest ruling is a victory for his client, who set out to test laws against nudity because she believes they are unfairly applied to women.

Deputy City Attorney Marie Hartman said the city "respectfully disagrees with the opinion." Hartman said the city is looking into an appeal to the 5th District Court of Appeal.

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/F/FL_TOPLESS_PROTE...


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Az_lefty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 10:24 PM
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1. we should encourage more of this sort of thing...
:toast:
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DoYouEverWonder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 10:25 PM
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2. It certainly would have an impact
on attendance.
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barb162 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 10:27 PM
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3. Well wait a minute
depends how a person looks. Did you ever see that Arnold S photo recently with all that flab
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bananas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 10:57 PM
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5. Then we just need to protest beer prices at the same time
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Solo_in_MD Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-13-06 02:44 AM
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6. Try this link, it has some pictures
and others here may reconsider their position after looking at it...

http://www.local6.com/news/10062697/detail.html

Click the "IMAGES: Earlier photos from topless protest " link
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aaronbees Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-13-06 03:15 AM
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7. I liked this sign:
"Honk for Topfree Equality"

:patriot:
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NaturalHigh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-13-06 05:21 AM
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8. Ugh...
I mean, I'm all for topless protests and all, but, just...ugh.
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-13-06 09:38 AM
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12. Who cares what she looks like.
If men can be topless then women should be able to be topless too.

Whether or not you wnat to see someone topless is an entirely differnet issue. Her rights should not be confused with your preferences.
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Tansy_Gold Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-13-06 05:26 PM
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17. Yeah. what you said
There were some pretty uuuuuugly men in some of those pix, and no one says ugly men can't go topless. . . . .
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fleabert Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-13-06 06:19 PM
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21. damn right. nt
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Megahurtz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-13-06 06:59 PM
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22. I know I've seen a few men with breasts
and nobody's making them cover up LOL! :rofl:
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fleabert Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-14-06 01:41 PM
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25. exactly! if it's about cup size, then many men would have to cover, and
many women wouldn't have to.

and I hate it when people say that only breasts that can lactate should be covered, in that case, men too! Just about any breast can lactate with enough stimulation...

it's stupid. if men can have their boobies hang low, then so can I!
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Zhade Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-14-06 02:50 PM
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28. Agreed.
LOVE the sexism in this thread.

:sarcasm:

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stonecoldsober Donating Member (411 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 10:54 PM
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4. Women of the world unite!
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-13-06 09:37 AM
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11. Welcome to DU.
:hi:
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newyawker99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-13-06 01:35 PM
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14. Hi stonecoldsober!!
Welcome to DU!! :toast:
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Pharaoh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-14-06 01:55 PM
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27. Welcome to DU!
:beer: :beer: :beer:
:rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
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last1standing Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-13-06 09:19 AM
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9. Has this site been taken over by free republic?
The OP gives us a thread and link providing information about a legitimate protest (the kind of thing people here keep wanting) and all several "DUers" are able to do is make fun of the protester because she isn't as pretty as they'd like a barechested woman to be. I call that sexist, cruel, and moronic. That woman could quite well be a member of DU. She might even be one of the few "non-sexy" women to have actual emotions (heaven forbid). I guess some here don't think a person has a right to opinions unless they have a certain beauty quotient.

I can honestly say that I'm disgusted by some of the responces here today.
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Lance_Boyle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-13-06 09:30 AM
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10. How coud anyone even tell?
That picture is blurrier than genitals in Japanese porn.

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Habibi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-13-06 09:45 AM
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13. Ditto.
Sheesh, people.
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Megahurtz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-13-06 05:56 PM
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19. Maybe some of the people that find it disgusting
should instead consider what they look like without clothes. LOL! :rofl:
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happydreams Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-13-06 04:40 PM
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15. This is really a 2nd Amendment issue
If you have the right to bare arms why not the rest of you?
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onenote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-13-06 04:49 PM
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16. wasn't this a Boston Legal plot line?
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htuttle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-13-06 05:44 PM
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18. Why not? It's Friday, ya bastids!
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Thor_MN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-13-06 06:08 PM
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20. If they upheld topless womens's rights, I presume their lefts are OK two?
If men can go sans shirts, women should be able to as well.
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AnneD Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-13-06 07:35 PM
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23. This type of protest ....
goes all the way back to Lady Godiva. She rode on he horse al la natural to on a dare to protest the high taxes, and if memory serves, it think he husband was the one that raised the taxes.
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toopers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-14-06 05:52 AM
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24. Next time I am going out with the guys . . .
I can tell my girlfriend that I am going to a Protest Bar.
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AnneD Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-14-06 01:51 PM
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26. Nice try
toopers....but you are not suppose to tip protesters. :spank:
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