Saturday, April 03, 2010

Sunny side up in Portland

Well, the topless march we posted about earlier definitely went down today as planned, and attracted a lot of spectators (no surprise there), in spite of some who thought it was just an April Fool's Day joke.

You can read the original post here:
http://strangemaine.blogspot.com/2010/03/half-nude-in-portland.html

Overall, the crowd was happy and ebullient, and there was a lot of cheering as the small group of shirtless men and women marched from Longfellow Square down Congress Street, heading for Monument Square.  It also attracted a LOT of men with cameras.
The most obvious response?  The guys with cameras were not NEARLY as interested in the half-naked men.
But I think everyone had fun, and it definitely made folks really think about what the heck makes barebreasted females unacceptable.  Think it's illegal in Portland?  Guess again!  Here's an interesting article by the ever-well-spoken Bill Nemitz, over at the Portland Press Herald:
http://www.pressherald.com/news/full-exposure-of-their-___-principles_2010-03-28.html

To quote:
Calls last week to Portland City Hall and the Cumberland County District Attorney's office confirmed that while it is illegal for men and women to expose their genitals in public, local and state laws contain no such prohibition on uncovered breasts – male or female. (Although, considering some of the men who insist on parading around topless, one could argue that there should be.)

Maine, in fact, is one of a handful of "top-free" states that have no laws banning breast exposure, according to the national organization gotopless.org. The group lists the others as Hawaii, New York, Ohio, Texas and the "coast of California."
[Source]

3 comments:

caseyd said...

My wife and son walked. We didn't think it was that big of a deal, but for the most part people taking pictures were fairly respectable.
I think another one is going to be organized in a few months as well.

java9lives said...

The Other Portland Responds: Oregon doesn't have an indecent exposure law. Public nudity is only a crime if one engages in "sexual intercourse" or attempts "arousing sexual desire" with themselves or another person. About 5,000 Portlandites rode in the World Naked Bike Ride last year. That's a lot of naked on two wheels.

Anonymous said...

Hey, that's me in the "1" and "2" pictures. I'm the guy with the camera. You're right, I was not that interested in the topless men. They were not the news. I'm the chief photographer at THE TIMES RECORD, a daily paper based in Brunswick, Maine.

http://www.timesrecord.com/