Women, men celebrate 'Go Topless Day' to demand equal gender rights

PHOENIX - Both men and women took off their tops Sunday in Tempe for "Go Topless Day," a protest against gender inequality.

Despite the cooler temps, individuals walked down Mill Avenue carrying signs demanding equal rights when it comes to men and women legally being allowed to be bare chested in public.

Protesters shouted, "What do we want? Topless right," as the group made their way down Mill Avenue.

Arizona law classifies indecent exposure as when a female "exposes the areola or nipple of her breast or breasts and another person is present," according to the Arizona Legislature's website.

For it to be criminal, the persons exposing themselves must be "reckless about whether the other person, as a reasonable person, would be offended or alarmed by the act."

In protest, men and women used colored tape to cover their nipples to, according to them, stay within the confines of the law.

"If we're going to treat one gender one way, why would we treat the other as another? Why is one legal and one offensive?" asked protester Ruth Carter.

Protesters said they didn't expect the law to change overnight, but the ultimate goal was to raise awareness.

The law goes on to say that breast-feeding is not considered indecent exposure.

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