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NSFW Photos: Annual Go Topless Walk Returns To Venice Beach

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Saturday afternoon, the annual Go Topless march and protest descended on Venice Beach. The march joined several around the country to champion women's equality when it comes to being topless in public. If men can show their nipples, why can't women?

This year was the 10th anniversary for the march that was organized in response to the 2005 arrest of Phoenix Feeley, a topless activist in New York. It has since grown to include marches around the country where men and women unite to decry the criminalization of women's nipples. It has gained more visibility in recent years due to the #freethenipple social media campaign.

It's not your regular protest, though; the Go Topless march is organized by the Raëlian spiritual movement. The religion believes humans were created via alien genetic engineering. They were founded in the late 1970s and, naturally, the founder has been accused of sexual impropriety.

So is it feminism, or men using feminism to see more naked women? Who knows, really. Regardless, this year's event brought out a huge crowd to celebrate toplessness and exercise their right to protest. It also conveniently fell on Women's Equality Day.