Pack Square Park was crowded for Asheville’s “Go Topless” rally on Sunday, August 21st. The rally started slowly but gained enough participants to fill the fountain below Vance monument before proceeding to the grassy area beneath the birch trees for a brief speech about women’s rights. The rally finished with a march to Lexington Avenue and back.
To participate, women were asked to go topless and men were asked to don either a bra or bikini top in order to show their support.
The purpose of the rally was to create awareness for women’s rights including specifically the right to go topless. The rally has sparked significant debate online about how to best showcase an issue like women’s rights – in North Carolina it is legal to go topless in public and Asheville’s rally succeeded in creating a large spectacle. It may not have succeeded as well in communicating a coherent message to the many onlookers.
The rally was part of a series of nationwide rallies for “Go Topless Day.”