Phoenix Feeley Goes Topless in NJ

Are you aware that it’s legal in 12 states for girls to go top-free in public? First off, this is a smallish amount, and second, many cities can and do override this with their own laws. (Having only saw the movie Iron Jawed Angels, I feel like a suffragette counting the states that have granted women the right to vote. Haha Not the same, I know.)
Women acquiring the equivalent right to go top-free wherever men can is a cause that’s become more and more significant if you ask me. I think what bothers me most is the pointless arrests and physical abuse that girls go through for going top-free even when it’s absolutely legal. Does not everyone have more important matters to worry about? (Apparently not.)
Phoenix Feeley has faced police and angry mothers in Coney Island for exercising her right to go top-free
I lately met a kindred soul against this discrimination: Phoenix Feeley, and I inquired Phoenix if I could interview her about her current battle for top-free equality.
Phoenix continues to be actively fighting for topfreedom since 2004 when she was falsely arrested in Nyc for being top-free in public. She suffered physical mistreatment by the policemen, spent 27 hours in jail and to top it all off, had to go through a mental evaluation. It’s been legal in NY since 1992. The city apologized with a resolution of $29,000 when she sued.
Since then she is been marching in top-free rallies in NYC, and now the brave Phoenix is fighting charges in a state where it’sn’t legal (yet), New Jersey. In 2008 Phoenix sunbathed without a top on the shore of Spring Lake as a sort of civil disobedience. The authorities arrested her and inflicted physical mistreatment once more. An fat guy had the gall to clap as she was getting detained, and Phoenix quickly replied, “Your boobs are bigger than mine!” She was given two charges of disorderly conduct, one for obstruction of justice, a charge of nudity and a charge of dressing/undressing, along with a $2,000 fine. This quote circulated last year when her appeal was rejected by the state appeals court:
“Limitations on the exposure of the female breast are supported by the important governmental curiosity about safeguarding the public’s moral sensibilities.”
That’s right, moral sensibilities! The government is just trying to protect everyone from women’s immoral breasts.
At this point the charges have been cut down to the nudity and dress/undress charges and the excellent cut in half. However, the legal fees have added as much as way more than $1,000 because this is definitely about way more than a few charges and a fine. Phoenix has now appealed it to the 4th division of the judicial system, the NJ Supreme Court, where this law can (and hopefully will) finally be changed. “I WOn’t pay injustice,” she said, “You must go all the way with it.” And she’s prepared to do exactly that. Sadly the Supreme Court only hears 10% of cases, and a preceding top-free case further complicates things. A couple in NJ were found fishing illegally, while the wife (a Ms. Vogt) was topless. She fought for the right to go fully nude, but wouldn’t testify for and lost. Regardless, Phoenix says if she can not get into the Supreme Court, she’ll appeal to the Federal Court, and even go to prison if she’s to!
Are any Europeans reading this on their smartphone as they lay topless on their towel at the plage? Are they wondering what the big deal is with revealing breasts in America? So are we.
As we wrapped up our meeting, I asked Phoenix why top freedom is so particularly crucial that you her. She responded that she sees it as a symbol of women’s inferior legal rights, and this is one wall of discrimination that must be broken down. I agree!
Some of you may have attended Idiots for Freedom last month, Phoenix’s wonderful top-free party and fundraiser geared toward helping her with all the legal fees. If you did not make it, you can still contribute and support her brave fight for women’s right to go top-free wherever guys can!
Donate by Paypal to: phoenixfeeley[at]hotmaildotcom
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