Phoenix Feeley Goes Topless in NJ

Do you realize it is legal in 12 states for women to go top-free in public? First off, this can be a smallish amount, and second, many cities can and do override this with their own laws. (Having just viewed the film Iron Jawed Angels, I feel like a suffragette counting the states that have given women the right to vote. Haha Not the same, I know.)
Girls acquiring the equivalent right to go top-free wherever men can is a cause that is become increasingly more important if you ask me. I believe what disturbs me most is the pointless arrests and physical abuse that women go through for going top-free even when it’s totally legal. Doesn’t everyone have more important things to worry about? (Apparently not.)
Phoenix Feeley has faced cops and angry mothers in Coney Island for exercising her right to go top-free
I recently met a kindred soul against this discrimination: Phoenix Feeley, and I inquired Phoenix if I could interview her about her current challenge for top-free equality.
Phoenix has been actively fighting for topfreedom since 2004 when she was falsely arrested in New York City for being top-free in public. She suffered physical abuse by the officers, spent 27 hours in jail and to top it all off, had to go through a mental assessment. It’s been legal in NY since 1992. The town apologized with a settlement of $29,000 when she sued.
Since then she is been marching in top-free rallies in NYC, and now the courageous Phoenix is fighting charges in a state where it isn’t legal (yet), New Jersey. In 2008 Phoenix sunbathed without on the playa of Spring Lake as a form of civil disobedience. The authorities detained her and inflicted physical abuse once again. An fat guy had the gall to clap as she was getting arrested, and Phoenix promptly 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 quotation 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 significant governmental fascination with safeguarding the public’s moral sensibilities.”
That is right, moral sensibilities! The government is simply trying to shield everyone from women’s wrong breasts.
At this point the charges happen to be cut down to the nudity and dress/undress charges and the wonderful cut in half. However, the legal fees have added up to way more than $1,000 because this is certainly 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 shifted. “I refuse to pay injustice,” she said, “You need to go all the way with it.” And she’s prepared to do just that. Unfortunately the Supreme Court only hears 10% of cases, and a previous top-free case further complicates matters. A couple in NJ were caught fishing illegally, while the wife (a Ms. ) was topless. She fought for the right to go completely nude, but wouldn’t testify for herself and lost. Regardless, Phoenix says if she can’t get into the Supreme Court, she’ll appeal to the Federal Court, and even go to prison if she has to!
Are any Europeans reading this on their smartphone as they lay topless on their towel at the sand? Are they wondering what the big deal is with showing breasts in America? So are we.
As we wrapped up our meeting, I requested Phoenix why top freedom is so especially 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 needs to be broken down. I concur!

Some of you may have attended Fools for Freedom last month, Phoenix’s wonderful top-free party and fundraiser aimed at helping her with all the legal fees. If you did not make it, you can still contribute and support her courageous fight for women’s right to go top-free wherever guys can!
Donate by Paypal to: phoenixfeeley[at]hotmaildotcom
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