[Ed. – Whatever happened to modesty? I guess that went out with the dark ages. But if this event was supposed to eliminate body shaming… why did they hand out masks to conceal participants’ identities? Things that make you go hmmmm.]
In an effort to fight against perceived gender inequality and body shaming, male and female students at the University of California, San Diego gathered together Wednesday afternoon—completely topless.
More than 1,000 people RSVP’d to the event via a public Facebook page for the “Free the Nipple” event. The event description touted the sit-in as a “peaceful, laid-back, and safe environment.”
“Bring your curiosity, forget your shirts, and most importantly bring your love, compassion, and support for the cause,” the event description read. “Shirts, bra, tops – optional. Show up in whatever you feel comfortable with because it should be your choice!”
Women who chose to go completely topless for the sit-in were encouraged to do so as a collective group in order to “protect the safety of the individuals,” according to another flier posted to Facebook.
Organizers of the sit-in provided snacks, body paint, and masks for any woman who wanted to conceal her identity.
You can read the full story here on CampusReform.
Photo credit via FreeTheNipple UCSD FB page