Women Stage Topless Protest During Air Show

CHICAGO (WBBM) — What would the Chicago Air & Water Show be without a topless protest? Men go topless all the time. So why not women? That was the message of a protest Sunday at North Avenue Beach, as a group of women fought for the right to bare their breasts.

WBBM Newsradio’s John Cody reports that at noon Sunday, in the middle of the Air and Water Show, a group of women took off their shirts and exposed their breasts for National Go Topless Day.

Several held signs reading “Equal topless rights for all or none. Women’s breasts are family friendly.”

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s John Cody reports

Diane Brisebois, spokeswoman for the organizers of Sunday’s protest, wears a pin-striped suit during the week, but on Sunday, all she was wearing was a white skirt, fluffy white angel wings and strategically-placed daisies on her chest.

“If we are successful, women and men will have the same right to be topless on the beach,” she said.

As part of the protest, men with the group wore bras or bikini tops, instead of going topless.

“This is to demonstrate the support. We want to show that if men can be topless, women should be allowed, too,” Brisebois too. “And if women have to wear bikini tops, then in support men today are wearing bikini tops … to demonstrate that.”

Although the women were technically going topless, police weren’t making any arrests at the protest, as the women had all strategically painted over their chests just enough to stay within the law.

Going topless is not illegal for women everywhere in the country. The State of New York, for example, permits women to go topless in public areas.

But Chicago does not.

Under the city’s Municipal Code, it is illegal to “appear, bathe, sunbathe, walk or be in any public park, playground, beach or the waters adjacent thereto, or any school facility and the area adjacent thereto, or any municipal building and the areas adjacent thereto, or any public way within the City of Chicago” exposing “any portion of the breast at or below the upper edge of the areola thereof of any female person.”

“The police came earlier, they know us, we’ve been here for the past four years and they always support us,” Brisebois said. “We are not doing anything that is illegal. We’ve covered our breasts from the nipple down and, therefore, we’re perfectly legal. But we also want to show that, if men can go on the beach without wearing paint, why can’t women?”

The protest event, which is now in its fourth year, proclaims that women have a constitutional right to go topless in public. It encourages equal opportunity by urging women to bare their breasts, and for bare-chested men to cover up with bikinis or bras.
Organizers say men should be legally required to cover up their chests as long as women are.

In Chicago, the prescribed penalty for indecent exposure – of the female breasts, or of the male or female buttocks or genitals – is a fine of $100 to $500.

  • kwe606

    It’s cowardly to stage your protest at an event where you have a captive audience including children.

    If you want to protest, do it like everybody else has to. Get a permit, call your followers, show up with protest signs and have at it!

  • Parent

    Isn’t that the same beach that has flash-mob issues? They should be wearing a bullet-proof vest at the beach and a chastity belt with spikes.

  • Baabs

    Yes, but WHY would you want to? What’s the point? Men do it? Ok, if you need an excuse to be a pig, then by all means, get one.

  • Puppies And Boobies Are Fun

    Two sure ways to get attention, puppies and boobies.

  • Skippy

    If women in Chicago were allowed to go topless , be prepared for the lawsuits.
    Because when that guy walks over to you and just starts staring at you for hours, SHE will be the first one to call the police and file a complaint. I say let the lesser gender expose whatever they want. I cant wait to see ta-tas at the beach!!!

  • THOR


  • Cap'n Amurrica

    Inside voice.

  • Fanny Forbes Franklen

    For all the degenerates that are worried about seeing breasts … you’re a bunch of pathetic room temperature IQ morons. Without breasts you wouldn’t be here, unless your mentally decrepit mother chose to use formula which is why your IQ is so low and you’re so stupid.


  • JimP

    so where’s the pictures

  • Reneé Lee Greco

    Living here is a complete joke. Chicago is a huge ghetto full of hillbillies. Nobody has character any longer in this dump state

  • Reneé Lee Greco

    Living here is a complete joke. Chicago is a huge ghetto full of hillbillies. Nobody has character any longer in this dump state

  • Su Yu

    Those hillbillies just need some more culture in their lives,….like rap music.

  • ls

    Who wants to go topless at a beach wear flash mobs appear.

  • Johny584

    There is no reason why woman cannot go exposed in her upper body. Even nude is ok but in the mind of perverts it is wrong to be nude. They only see it with filthy minds. That is why they call others perverts because they are themselves perverts.

  • Prude and Proud

    I think it’s funny how the most vocal proponents of breast-exposing laws in here are all men.

  • Rick

    The beaches will be filled with teen boys and young and old men. Be careful what you wish for.

  • Guess Who

    If women want to show their boobies, they’d better be good boobies, no lemons in socks.

  • Heywood Jablome

    If this is allowed, how will we know which men are carrying a concealed weapon in their shorts?

  • Binko Bop


  • Reinhard

    Look to Europe’s beaches. On most places it is absolute normal that women are topless. No one cares and makes a problem like the prude Americans.

    If you look at some so called “porn” US websites where they show “Hidden pictures of topless European woman”, that is just ridiculous to us.

    And what about nudist culture? Why is a naked person so frightening for you?

    Regards from Germany

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