About 10 years ago, there was a series of court cases across Canada that attacked municipal public indecency bylaws; specifically, these court cases challenged laws that made it an offense for women to be topless in public. The court, siding with the women bringing the cases, overturned the bylaws, ruling that the right of a woman to go topless was hers, and not for government to forbid.
Women were pretty happy with the decision, rightly seeing it as a victory over patriarchal discrimination. As a young man, who had not seen a lot of boobs, I was overjoyed. I thought Canadian beaches, parks and maybe, just maybe, even restaurants and grocery stores would be transformed into the French Riviera, overflowing with topless women (maybe even with thong monokinis to accentuate the look).
So where is the toplessness? In the ten years since this victory for women’s right and freedom I have barely seen a single topless woman on a Canadian beach, and certainly never at the grocery store.
When women won the right to vote, there was a rush to the voting booth. As we prepare for the 2015 beach season… Come on….