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National Go Topless Day Celebrates Women’s Right To Bare Breasts, And Also Aliens?

08.27.12 Andy Cush

So, as you may have heard, National Go Topless Day happened Saturday. The idea–a very reasonable one, I might add–is that women should have the right to go shirtless wherever men do the same. Of course, here in New York, women are legally allowed to go out shirtless, but other states aren’t so progressive.

I’m of the perhaps-archaic position that we should all try to wear shirts when we’re in public, men included. I just don’t really want to see your sweaty torso when I’m out minding my own business, whether or not you have boobs, you know? But that’s neither here nor there–as long as men are allowed to go outside and show off their chests, women should be, too.

To me, the most interesting part of the story is that the day was originally put on by a “former sports car journalist”–what?–who started a religion called Raëlism based upon the theory that humans are the but the result of a science experiment by a group of intelligent extraterrestrials. This was after he was visited by a group of aliens in a French “volcano park,” naturally. Apparently, equal topless rights is a key tenet of Raëlian thought, and that’s why he started the annual day. I’m not making this up.

I’m trying to come up with a funny, quippy way to wrap this all up, but because nothing will match the insanity of the story itself, I’m just going to direct you to the Wikipedia pages of Raëlism and its founder, Claude Vorilhon. Enjoy.

(Photo: Brian Lin/Flickr)