NSFW Photos: Women March Topless at Venice Beach for Equal Rights
Before Venice Beach became the tourist hot spot it's known as today, it was one of L.A.'s secrets. Actually, it was a topless secret. Before 1974, Venice Beach was a nude mecca and apparently pretty private. But thanks to some media attention, a gubernatorial candidate campaigning in the nude and word spreading throughout town, people started to come and check out the spectacle. Controversy, of course, came to a head and the city banned nudity. But that didn't stop people from coming to Venice. "... it was too late to turn back the clock," wrote historian Jeffrey Stanton wrote in Venice California: Coney Island of the Pacific. "For people had discovered that Venice still existed and was actually a relatively safe place to visit during the day."
Fast forward to Sunday and people are still fighting for nudity. A group of topless women, save for pasties made from red tape x-ing out their nipples, hit the Ocean Front Walk for a near mile-long protest topless rights. "We like our freedoms mutual, put the 'tit' into constitutional," they chanted. But this isn't about nudist rights, it's about equal rights, they say.
You see, men can go topless in most public places, but women can't. That would be considered indecent exposure, except in a few places like the state of New York.