Why can't women go topless?


Did you know it's legal in most states for women to go topless? Cristen and Caroline explore the history of men and women taking off their shirts in public and why toplessness is a feminist issue.

Episode sources:

"Cultural Encyclopedia of the Breast." https://books.google.com/books?id=qrCCBAAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false

"Femen - Sextremism in Paris." http://www.vice.com/video/femen-sextremism-in-paris

"Here's Where It's Legal for Women to Go Topless in the U.S." http://time.com/3834365/map-topless-laws/

"See Topless Woman? Just Move On, Police Are Told." http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/16/nyregion/a-police-roll-call-reminder-women-may-go-topless.html?_r=3&

"The bared bosom in 17th and 18th century art." http://isiswardrobe.blogspot.com/2013/05/the-bared-bosom-in-17th-and-18th.html

"The Social and Legal Argoments for Allowing Women to Go Topless in Public." http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/09/the-social-and-legal-arguments-for-allowing-women-to-go-topless-in-public/279755/

"The Weird, Wild Legal History of Breasts and Nipples." https://www.yahoo.com/health/the-weird-wild-legal-history-of-breasts-and-104942336487.html

"Toplessness - the one Victorian taboo that won't go away." http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-30052071

"Why are feminists going topless?" http://www.economist.com/blogs/economist-explains/2013/05/economist-explains-20

Academic insights:

"The Politics of the Breast." Arneil, Barbara. Canadian Journal of Women & the Law. 2000. http://connection.ebscohost.com/c/articles/11076204/politics-breast

"Women's Body Image and the Law." Glazer, Reena N. Duke Law Journal. 1993. http://scholarship.law.duke.edu/dlj/vol43/iss1/4/