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Canada Has Some Pretty Cool Laws, But This One About Boobs Makes Me Proud

Guys can do it without being arrested. It should be the same for women, no matter where they live.

Canada Has Some Pretty Cool Laws, But This One About Boobs Makes Me Proud

In 1991, Gwen Jacob, a university student from Canada, was arrested for walking down the street topless.

It was 33 degrees (Celsius — that's 91 Fahrenheit for you Yanks) and men were taking off their shirts to cool down. Gwen decided to do the same. Someone complained, and she was arrested. The judge told her that breasts were "sexually stimulating to men" and shouldn't be exposed. She was found guilty.


Recognizing it as a double standard, she appealed the case and changed the law.

Women in Ontario, Canada, gained the legal right to be topless in public. Since then, not one Canadian woman has been charged for doing so.

Do Canadian women walk around topless all the time? Not that I've seen.

There's still the whole "people are going to judge me" factor. But as times change and the temperature climbs, I wouldn't be surprised if more women exercised their right.

Women are determined to change topless laws in the U.S. too. They can still get arrested in certain states.

Here's the "titillating" trailer for the new film, "Free the Nipple" which is inspired by true events:

Liv Tyler, Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, Michelle Rodriguez, Scout Willis, and many other celebs have come out in support of "Free the Nipple."

They want to change a double-standard law in some states that makes taking off your shirt completely fine for men but a "criminal act" for women.

Yes, Ryan Gosling, you can put your shirt back on — or you can take it off. It's up to you. Women just want to have the same choice.

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My husband and I had just finished watching "The Office" for the third time through and were looking for a new show to watch before bed. I'd seen a couple of friends highly recommend "Schitt's Creek," so we decided to give it a try.

My initial reaction to the first episode was meh. The characters were annoying and the premise was weird (pretentious and previously-filthy-rich family lives in a scuzzy motel in the middle of nowhere??). I felt nothing for the main characters, and I hate shows with horrible main characters that I can't root for. Even predicting that they were going to eventually be transformed by their small town experiences, I didn't see liking them. It didn't grab either of us as worth continuing, so we stopped.

But then I kept hearing people whose taste I trust implicitly talk about how great it was. I know different people have different tastes, but I realized I had to be missing something if these friends of mine raved on and on about it. So we gave it another shot.

It took a bit—I don't know how many episodes exactly, but a bit—to start liking it. Then a bit longer to start really liking it, and then at some point, it became a full-fledged, gushy, where-have-you-been-all-my-life love affair.

So when the show took home nine Emmy awards over the weekend—breaking the record for the most wins in a season for a comedy—I wasn't surprised. Here's why:

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$200 billion of COVID-19 recovery funding is being used to bail out fossil fuel companies. These mayors are combatting this and instead investing in green jobs and a just recovery.

Learn more on how cities are taking action: c40.org/divest-invest


The legality of abortion is one of the most polarized debates in America—but it doesn’t have to be.

People have big feelings about abortion, which is understandable. On one hand, you have people who feel that abortion is a fundamental women’s rights issue, that our bodily autonomy is not something you can legislate, and that those who oppose abortion rights are trying to control women through oppressive legislation. On the other, you have folks who believe that a fetus is a human individual first and foremost, that no one has the right to terminate a human life, and that those who support abortion rights are heartless murderers.

Then there are those of us in the messy middle. Those who believe that life begins at conception, that abortion isn’t something we’d choose—and we’d hope others wouldn’t choose—under most circumstances, yet who choose to vote to keep abortion legal.

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Biases, stereotypes, prejudices—these byproducts of the human brain's natural tendency to generalize and categorize have been a root cause of most of humanity's problems for, well, pretty much ever. None of us is immune to those tendencies, and since they can easily slip in unnoticed, we all have to be aware of where, when, and how they impact our own beliefs and actions.

It also helps when someone upends a stereotype by saying or doing something unexpected.

Fair or not, certain parts of the U.S. are associated with certain cultural assumptions, perhaps none more pinholed than the rural south. When we hear Appalachia, a certain stereotype probably pops up in our minds—probably white, probably not well educated, probably racist. Even if there is some basis to a stereotype, we must always remember that human beings can never be painted with such broad strokes.

Enter Tyler Childers, a rising country music star whose old-school country fiddling has endeared him to a broad audience, but his new album may have a different kind of reach. "Long Violent History" was released Friday, along with a video message to his white rural fans explaining the culminating track by the same name. Watch it here:

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