This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
Followers of a UFO-based religion, Raelianism, who essentially believe that life on Earth was initially born in result of an alien science experiment, have organized and spearheaded a rally on Sunday to protest the stigma of women going topless in public. Approximately two dozen topless women gathered to protest at the venue along with several shirtless men showing support by wearing bras.
Whereas on the other hand, there were more onlookers taking cellphone pictures of the topless women compared to the number of protesters. The spiritual leader of the Raelians, Real, founded the Go Topless Day in 2007 and this Sunday’s event was the second Go Topless rally in Montreal. In Rael’s remarks at the GoTopless.org website, it was mentioned that “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.”
A Raelian priest who is the Canadian co-ordinator of the Go Topless movement, Sylvie Chabot, highlighted that “it’s a question of discrimination.” In addition to that, Chabot questioned that “why do we ask about women and not men?” Whereas, Chabot added that there is currently no official law on the books banning women from being topless. Hence, Chabot concluded that “we want to have this taboo disappear,” since “women have been oppressed for decades” already.