Stop the presses, people, because you'll either love this or hate this. Equality in New York City means that women, like men, can walk around topless.
Yesterday, the Village Voice in New York reported that a woman was seen on the 8th walking around on 185 Bowery completely naked from the waist up. Now, the city has been enduring a pretty intense heat wave, and technically being an island, it's probably pretty humid, too. Add that up and it's not surprising a woman chose to go bare. Even a short little top would get sticky and uncomfortable.
Anyway, folks nearby noticed that she'd gotten stopped by a couple of police officers and apparently issued a ticket for public indecency. Further investigation proved, however, that the woman had every right to wander around topless. the Deputy Police Commissioner of Public Information, Paul Browne, told the Village Voice, that
The state's highest court established long ago that women have the same right as men to appear topless in public. Absent a link to some commercial enterprise or promotion, the woman's lack of certain attire in this instance does not appear to be a police matter.
The case in question was the People v. Ramona Santorelli and Mary Lou Schloss court case in which a law that dictated a woman could not show that part of the breast below the areola. The law was found to be discriminatory because it also did not apply to men. Surely, there are plenty of men out there who have no business going topless, either, but that's a completely different subject altogether.
So, ladies, if you're in the Big Apple and aren't shy you can save yourself hundreds of dollars in wardrobe costs by going topless.