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article imageWoman, 29, goes topless for equality in New York

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By Larry Clifton
Aug 1, 2012 in Odd News
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New York - Moira Johnston roams the streets of New York City like millions of other women, only she does it nude, at least from the waist up.
But Johnston isn’t a flasher or exhibitionist; she goes about her business wearing nothing from waist up to make a point. However, many with whom she comes into contact aren’t likely to ponder “women’s’ rights;” some, no doubt stunned, think, 'The woman is topless!'
However, 29-year-old Johnson, a topless dancer, gives everyone she passes on the street a free peek as a way of focusing their attention on equal rights, according to a Huffington Post piece.
“I want women to know their rights and to give them the courage to go topless too,” she told The Daily Beast. “It’s not that I want everyone to take off their shirt, but I’m supporting a woman’s choice to do it and think every woman should do it on her own terms.”
Johnston’s bare breasts came out for the cause in January after she took off her top during a Yoga class. Complaints were lodged and that’s when Johnston decided to unleash the girls in the name of equality.
Johnston says it’s unfair that guys are allowed to walk around shirtless while women have to cover their breasts.
In May, Johnston began going topless on the streets of New York as part of a "Kickstarter Campaign" to protest the inequality of gender dress codes and to encourage other like-minded women to undress since, under New York law, they have the same right to go topless as men.
But even New York Police aren’t up on the no shirt, no problem law in New York. Johnston was arrested her in May when she got too close to a children’s playground.
She said police handcuffed her and had her shirt put over over her breasts after people complained.
In the end, cops didn't charge her, according to The Globe And Mail.
“[The officer] said it could be considered endangering the children,” she told The Daily Beast.
Johnston’s breasts will receive a great deal of support on August 26. That is the date of the fifth annual Go Topless Day, when women in 22 cities around the world remove their tops in the name of justice. Many men protest the inequality by wearing bras or bikini tops – whether they need them or not.
Ricky Roehr, a musician living in Las Vegas, takes the event as seriously as one can.
"The very fact that guys are obsessing over boobs as sexual is exactly why we need to change the laws," Roehr told The Huffington Post last year. "Making something forbidden or taboo just makes people obsess over it."
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