Argumentative Essay: Should Women Be Allowd To Go Topless in Public


In the summer of 1996 Gwen Jacobs enjoyed a topless summer stroll during
which she was seen by a local O.P.P officer, was apprehended and subsequently
charged with indecent exposure. Gwen Jacobs pleaded not guilty in court and won
the right to go topless in Ontario. This incident brought up an excellent
question: should women be allowed to go topless on public beaches and in other
public areas? The answer is strictly no, women should not be allowed to go
topless anywhere outside of their own home.
One of the many reasons why I believe that women should not be allowed
to go topless is with respect to the safety of women. Men and boys have, in
recent years, been using short, tight, skirts and shirts as an excuse for rape
or date rape. Men have said that the girl was wearing a tight shirt and short
skirt and it was obvious that she was easy and wanted the attention. This
statement leads me to my next point.
The average human being upon first contact with a stranger bases his
initial impression of that person solely on the person\'s appearance. This is
only natural as the only thing that we know about this stranger is what we see
of them the first time we meet. We all are aware of the sayings
"Preppy","Jockish","Skater","Sluty" etc. This final saying, “Sluty” is
interpreted by 90 percent of North Americans as a tight skirt and tight tank top
which happens to be the usual ensemble of a prostitute. This first impression
of a girl in nothing but a skirt and a bare chest will no doubt elevate to the
new version of a “Slut” and a girl that wants it.
My second point is, what kind of questions will a mother be asked by her
son when he sees a half nude woman walking down the street. The first question
that this child will ask is why do these women have no shirt on and you do?
Your reply will be well ahhh go talk to your father. This dilemma will no doubt
be brought about as these and other questions about the sexual nature of the
body will be put forth by young children. Questions that you as a parent do not
feel should be answered truthfully to such a young child.
My third point begins thousands of years ago when man first walked on
the earth. When man first walked he hunted and his wife(clothless) cleaned the
game and took care of the young. As centuries have progressed women have
stepped forth into a new era of equal rights. We\'ve seen the first women
doctors, astronauts, business owners and many other firsts in numerous
professions. Women have made giant leaps when it comes to respect from men in
their professional field. This respect which women have been fighting for over
the past century, is on the verge of collapse. Women seem to be taking this new
law allowing them to go topless to an extreme. Walking their dogs, walking on
the beach and strolling through public places with no tops on. This display of
nudity, in the average person\'s eyes, whether they admit to it or not, will
cause men to look down again on women. If, for example, the first woman
astronaut (Sally Ride) were to start going topless in public places it would be
plastered on the front page of every newspaper. This in turn would lead to her
fellow colleagues looking down on her. This would be a giant step backwards in
respect to equal rights for women.
Following the changes to this law allowing women to go topless our
cities will slowly begin to diverge into places that encourage nudity and places
that do not encourage nudity. Our economy will begin to collapse, as store
owners appalled by this nudity will be forced to close their stores and move, if
this nudity is surrounding them. This also applies to stores that want to have
workers that want to go topless, they will be forced to relocate to places of
nudity. As this begins to happen slowly our cities will become two sided and
our economy\'s stability will collapse beneath our feet. An excellent example of
this situation is taking place in Quebec. A law in Quebec states that a women
may work in nothing less than lingerie. So a Quebec barber shop run by a well
endowed women decided to charge an extra ten dollars per haircut and she\'d
remove her shirt so they could watch