This Girl Is Combating For Her Proper to Be Topless
A lady needs the proper to be topless on the seashores of Ocean Metropolis, Maryland this summer time and is able to combat for it.
The 29-year-old, who makes use of the pseudonym Chelsea Covington, feels that the state structure permits her the proper to reveal her chest on the seashore, similar to it does for males. She has been topless on the seashores of her dwelling state round 30 instances since asking police within the seashore city concerning the subject final summer time.
She informed a neighborhood information outlet that in these situations, she by no means had any drawback with sexual harassment.
“I’ve been sexually assaulted, bodily grabbed and groped and issues similar to virtually each lady has whereas being totally clothed,” Chelsea stated. “And it has by no means occurred after I’ve been bare-chested.”
However her bare-chested days are being threatened. Early this month the city debuted a brand new ordinance that made it clear that it might be towards the regulation for a girl to go topless on the favored seashore. Chelsea is now weighing her authorized choices towards town, considering transferring ahead with a lawsuit that might defend her proper to look topless on the sand.
She has retained a nationwide civil rights lawyer, Devon Jacob, who believes ladies have the proper to look topless in public. “Ms. Covington and I intend to finish discrimination towards females in Ocean Metropolis,” he informed the outlet.
Chelsea, who doesn’t establish as an exhibitionist, has come to understand that the problem of toplessness has a deep which means for her.
“It’s not nearly who can take a shirt off and who can’t. It’s about whether or not ladies are seen as equal human beings,” she says. “My factor has been normalization — doing regular issues, similar to a person would.”