As women take off their bras and blouses in Union Square Sunday, and men don string bikinis tops in solidarity, the San Francisco Go Topless day celebrants may not realize the strange bedfellows they’re united with in promoting the freedom to have a bare chest.
“The more you repress a body part, the more obsessed you become about it,” president of GoTopless, Nadine Gary tells SFGATE. She also happens to be a Raelian priestess. That’s the alien religion from the 70s, if you recall.
It turns out the national protest event is the work of Rael, the spiritual leader of the Raelians.
“Monotheistic religions are the culprit for the guilt humans feel about their naked body, their sensuality, their sexuality with of course a woman as the ultimate instigator of ‘the original sin,'” said Gary.
Rael describes his view of inequality as this: “As long as men are allowed to be topless in public, women should have the same constitutional right. Or else, men should have to wear something to hide their chests.”