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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.

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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Vauhxx Booker, a civil rights activist from Bloomington, Indiana, claims that a group of white men threatened to lynch him during an altercation on July 4 near Lake Monroe, but he was saved by onlookers who intervened.

Video taken during the incident shows he was held down by a group of men who pinned him to a tree in a wooded area. Booker says that while he was being held down, the men threatened to break his arms, repeatedly said "get a noose," and told his friends to leave the area.

The men later let him go after being confronted by onlookers who gathered at the scene.

The incident began, according to Booker, when he and his friends were making their way to the lake to see the lunar eclipse when a white man on an ATV told them they were trespassing. When Booker and his friends continued to walk to the lake, the man on the ATV and his friends allegedly shouted "white power" at them, which is when things turned violent.

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