Wait…just before you throw stones you might want to hear what Moira has to say in the video footage below. I met her while in a different state of mind running to the Post Office to drop off an urgent package. I was just about to enter the federal building (post office) when I spotted a lady right in front of it shedding off her blouse to catch the sun ray. At first I thought a hidden camera or a “Girls Gone Wild” video crew might be lurking around the corner. I was shocked to learn from the lady herself that she just felt hot from the sun and needed to catch some air. Then I thought it could also be some kind of protest, a movement of some sort. She said no it’s just a normal day for her, that it’s actually legal for women to go topless in the State of New York!
As a curious cat, I couldn’t help myself. It didn’t take me long enough to whip out my camera to have her tell the world this news. While we were busy recording and getting to know each other, a crowd had already swelled around us, many people asking various questions, some women stepping in to give her a high five and hugs! Cops came and went and said not a word! You as a tax payer might want to see this article about a lawsuit in 2007, a reason why they are untouchable.
As a jaded New Yorker, I thought I had seen it all, apparently not.
Moira, who eagerly educated the crowd, anyone with ears, including myself, told us that going topless in NYC has been legal since 1992 unbeknownst to many of us! I was particularly surprised to see many gentlemen passing by actually behaving well. They asked sensible questions while women of a certain age, who might have rallied in the women’s civil rights back in the day stopped by to congratulate her for “carrying on their work” in this day in age. Moira dutifully thanked them in return for paving the way for women like her today. It was as if a virtual baton was being passed between the generation of women.
So, how many of you out there can be bold and brave enough to do what Moira did?
Unfortunately, there will always be a cop who didn’t pay attention in training. The cop arrested her a few minutes later but had to release her eventually.
Preview the video footage below. (It was formally on youtube with well over 100,000 views before it was taken down. It just got reuploaded on Vimeo!)