herr_0berst: (ariel)
Absent Formal Attorney General Opinion, New Topless Women Policy In Place On Ocean City Beach
[Jun 07 2017 | by Shawn Soper | via The MD Coast Dispatch]

OCEAN CITY — With still no formal opinion from the Maryland Attorney General’s Office on the legality of women going topless in the same area as men are allowed to go shirtless, the Ocean City Beach Patrol (OCBP) this week issued a directive to turn a blind eye, so to speak, on the issue.

Last August, at the request of Maryland resident Chelsea Covington, Worcester County State’s Attorney Beau Oglesby reached out to the Maryland Attorney General’s Office (MAGO) seeking an opinion on the legality of women going topless in the same areas where men are allowed to go shirtless under the Equal Protection Act. It’s an opinion that could have serious repercussions in the resort area. Covington, an advocate for female bare-chestedness in public through the TopFreedom initiative, often goes topless in public places in Maryland, including Ocean City and Assateague.

Roughly 10 months later, the MAGO has not handed down a formal opinion on the issue, nor ostensibly any directives for law enforcement agencies on how to handle the issue in the interim. Absent a clear-cut directive from the Attorney General’s Office, the Ocean City Beach Patrol (OCBP) and the Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) are handling the female topless issue with kid gloves, careful to respect the rights of all involved including those females who choose to go topless and the countless visitors and residents who might be offended.

Just last weekend, three women were reportedly casually sunbathing topless on the beach at 11th Street. On Tuesday, OCBP Captain Butch Arbin said the beach patrol had not received any formal opinion from the MAGO, but was working under the assumption Maryland’s laws on the issue were rather nebulous and difficult to enforce.

“The bottom line is that according to the attorney general, there is no enforceable law on the books that prohibits topless females,” he said. “Personally, I don’t think it is good for Ocean City or the families that wish to visit an All-American city, but we only enforce the laws and ordinances. Therefore, our staff has been give specific direction on this issue.”

That specific directive was carefully spelled out in a policy statement issued by Arbin to his OCBP staff on Tuesday. Essentially, the policy statement, dated retroactively to May 20, states the Beach Patrol will carefully document complaints of female bare-chestedness on the beach, but will not approach women who exercise their apparent rights to go topless.

“Until we get specific guidance from the State’s Attorney, the City Solicitor and the Mayor and Council, we will handle complaints about women going topless on our beaches in the following manner,” the policy statement reads. “We will document the complaint on a minor incident form with information and particulars about the situation and the complainant’s information. We will not approach the topless woman, even if requested to do so by the complainant or other beach patrons.”

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UPD: И незамедлительно воспоследовавшая реакция местных властей --

[Jun 14 2017 | by Felicity Jones | via YNA]

Ocean City Deems Topfreedom “Unpalatable” and Unsuitable For Families

Last week, news came out that topfreedom was allowed, or more precisely, not outlawed, for women at Ocean City beach in Maryland. This was after three women were recently seen sunbathing topfree, and word got out that the Ocean City Beach Patrol had issued a memo telling their staff not to bother topfree women.

This, however, was not done in the name of gender equality. It was based on the absence of any law against it. There are currently no state laws against women’s topfreedom in Maryland.

People thought this was great news. Meanwhile Ocean City was trying to quickly backtrack their new reputation as having a topfree beach. On June 9, a post appeared on the .gov website declaring, “Ocean City Is Not A Topless Beach & Will Not Become A Topless Beach.” It clarified that the Mayor and City Council were firmly against women’s topfreedom.

On June 10, just 3 days after the first story came out, Ocean City unanimously passed an emergency law against women being topless anywhere within the city. Violating the ordinance is a “municipal infraction” subject to a fine of up to $1,000. (Hefty punishment for having female breasts!)

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herr_0berst: (dictator)
Тоже в некотором смысле в самый раз для пятницы:
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скриншот голосовалки | 9/11/15 5:00pm EST
Topless tanning an issue at Woodlawn Beach
[ by Hannah Buehler | Sep 8, 2015 | via WKBW/ABC7 News ]

HAMBURG, N.Y. (WKBW) - Topless tanning. Though it’s been a concern of some at Woodlawn Beach, it is not illegal in New York State.

Some beach-goers say it shouldn’t be allowed because there are many children at the beach and they do not want their kids exposed to this.

"They're boobs. I understand that everyone has them, but be considerate to the people around you," said Lindsey Styn, a parent who was upset about the topless tanning.

On Saturday, Town of Hamburg Police removed topless tanners from the park who they say were being unruly. Though topless tanning isn't illegal, anyone being disorderly can be removed from a state park.

"There were men taking sexually explicit photos of the women and that crossed the line," said Ray Pawlowski who manages Woodlawn Beach. "The women were even going to the bar which is privately owned, and they had to be asked to leave because they didn't have their tops on."

"They were doing this around children," said Styn. "It was disgusting. I know everyone has their own beliefs, but there's a time and a place."

7 Eyewitness News did reach out to the topless tanner and were able to speak with her after this report aired. She said it's not the first time she's bared her breasts in public and it won't be the last.

She posted a photo of her topless tanning on her Facebook page, and said she does it to, "exercise her rights for gender equality."


herr_0berst: (ariel)

"YES!!! It’s legal now for women be topless in Venice Beach, CA
#FreeTheNipple #Equality
Thank you @melissadiner"
Venice Beach council wants women to be able to sunbathe topless again
MARTHA GROVES | April 22, 2015 | via LA Times

Forty years ago, a cadre of Venice Beach sunbathers routinely basked in the altogether.

The Venice Neighborhood Council thinks the time is ripe to take a half-step back to that time of physical freedom. In a 12-2 vote Tuesday, the council said it "supports women being afforded the same rights as men to sunbathe topless."

The city and county of Los Angeles prohibit nude or topless sunbathing. But Melissa Diner, the Venice council community officer who sponsored the resolution,said the panel would draft letters to Councilman Mike Bonin, Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, which has jurisdiction over the beach, calling for Venice to be exempted.

"I think this is a serious equality issue, and I'm not going to shy away from it," Diner, 32, said Wednesday. The wave of publicity that instantly followed the decision had done exactly what she'd hoped: "start a conversation about not only wanting to show our nipples on Venice Beach but about what else people want to see."

"Venice Beach was founded and designed around the European culture of Venice, Italy," the neighborhood council said, "and … topless [sun]bathing is commonplace throughout Europe, much of the rest of the world and many places within the U.S."

"I'm all for it," Martin Squires, a surf instructor who lives in a van in a Venice Beach parking lot, said of the proposal. "It's time that America grew up."

Mike Fischer, a Venice resident strolling the beach with his 2 1/2-year-old son, Owen, criticized the idea of letting women sunbathe topless. "I believe in freedom," he said, "but it's not really appropriate for the general public. It would make the beaches a little uncomfortable."

Linda Lucks, president emeritus of the Venice Neighborhood Council, expressed dismay that the panel would spend time on a proposal that she said had no chance of being approved. "There are so many more important things to be concerned about in Venice," she said. "I want us to be taken seriously, and this makes us look foolish."

Venice's earlier flirtation with laissez-faire sunbathing ended soon after the non-nudist public took notice. News crews swarmed. Helicopters hovered. Lifeguards found themselves rescuing people with nothing material to grasp. Lascivious men in leisure suits showed up carrying cameras with telephoto lenses.

"It became a freak show," Jeffrey Stanton wrote in his book, "Venice California: Coney Island of the Pacific."

In 1974 the city outlawed displays of genitalia and female areolae in parks and at beaches, and the Venice nude beach ceased to be.

At his vendor station on Ocean Front Walk not far from Rose Avenue, Micah Boyer, 38, a homeless artist, said the new vote for topless bathing was "almost like they were trying to get a strip club on the beach instead of focusing on providing shelter, hot showers and meals" for people in need. He said police recently took him in on warrants for sleeping on the beach, and he spent six days in jail.

Mike Newhouse, president of the Venice Neighborhood Council, said he thought the vote was largely symbolic. "It's more of a statement about equality," he said, "and not so much a full-throated effort to make this happen come hell or high water."

Bonin, who represents Venice, sought to douse any suggestion that he would carry water for the topless-sunbathing advocates.

"While I appreciate the idea," he said, "right now my priorities for Venice are increasing public safety, housing the homeless and protecting affordable housing, reining in overdevelopment, enhancing mobility and improving the delivery of core city services.
herr_0berst: (ariel)
Мир, как мы его знали, подходит к концу -- французы пишут, что топлесс на пляже выходит из моды.
Oy vey iz mir!

Seins à la plage

[ DANIELE GERKENS | ELLE France, 18 juillet 2014 ]
Apres des decennies de monokini, on remet le haut. Mais que cache cette nouvelle pudeur? Des femmes temoignent.
"Vulgaire", "Genante", "Choquante"... Au printemps, la couverture du magaziine "Lui" avec Rihanna s suscite des reaction violentes sur les reseaux sociaux. Sa "faute"? Montrer ses seins. Certains lui conseillent de se rhabiller. Sur les plages, c'est idem. Fini le topless generalise. En 2013, 93% des Francaises affirmaient porter un haut de maillot de bain et 35% jugeaient "impensable" de devoiler leur poitrine en public. Les plus pudiques etaient les 18-24 ans dont la moitie ne pouvait s'imaginer montrer ses seins. Quant aux moins de 35 ans, elles n'etaient que 2% pratiquer le topless, contre 9% des 35-59 ans. La parenthese enchantee du monokini se referme-t-elle?

En vingt ans, les codes ont change. Dans les annees 60, a Saint-Tropez, le topless est vecu par les femmes comme une nouvelle liberte. Dans les 70's, il se generalise, toute une generations tombe le haut et affirme son desir de jouir sans entraves. Au cours des annees 80 et 90, les jeunes filles osaient le monokini quand elles devenaient femmes. Aujourd'hui, il se fait beaucoup plus rare, comme le string.

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P.S. Нечитающих по-французски посылаю "без гнева и без страха"™ в google translate :)
herr_0berst: (ariel)
Сейчас, как несложно заметить, не пятница, но тема дискуссии, полуспонтанно возникшая в прошлом пятничном посте, заслуживает, пожалуй, отдельной площадки. Слева чисто КПДВ, содержание под катом (больше текста, чем картинок).
Just another day in paradise
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
February 2007
© Padrone @flickr
некая история темы «монокини» [частично NSFW] )

UPD: У Зины-корзины на тему монокини: [ ч1 | ч2 ]
NB: Тем немногим кому интересно участие в беседе, настоятельно рекомендуется подписаться на комменты к этому посту, ибо планируются обновления визуальных, так сказать, материалов через комменты первого уровня, ибо когда все комментарии собраны в одной ветке страницу распирает, а это не есть хорошо.


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