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    • CommentTimeMay 29th 2013
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeMay 29th 2013
    An armless man built his own arms so he could continue doing farmwork. BAD. ASS.
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    @Greasemonkey: I'm assuming they expected to be arrested. Not that they deserved it, mind.
    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeMay 30th 2013
    Femen would be a lot more convincing if it actually were a grass roots movement and not just a few women that fit a certain look, paid to do this by a bloke.
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    After that whole "be quiet Islamic women, we're here to save you from your religion" thing, I'm not sure I care whether they got arrested.
    • CommentAuthorMathias B
    • CommentTimeMay 30th 2013
    • CommentTimeMay 30th 2013 edited
    @Ben, I'm just not a fan of the "white european women are here to show you how to be free" mentality.
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    @oldhat: I was thinking that too, but didn't want to pull the "act appropriate for the culture" line which can be used for victim blaming.
    • CommentTimeJun 1st 2013
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeJun 2nd 2013
    Topless Women in Public Not Breaking the Law, Says NYPD

    New York City's 34,000 police officers have been instructed that, should they encounter a woman in public who is shirtless but obeying the law, they should not arrest her. This is a good step towards gender parity in public spaces.

    This decision means that breast exposure is not considered public lewdness, indecent exposure, or disorderly conduct. It also notes that, should a crowd form around a topless woman, the officer should instruct the crowd to disperse and then respond appropriately if it does not. Relative coverage is no longer a factor.

    This policy shift comes after several years of litigation and protest. In the 1992 case People v. Ramona Santorelli and Mary Lou Schloss, the New York Court of Appeals ruled in favor of two women who were arrested with five others for exposing their breasts in a Rochester park, holding the law void as discriminatory. The ruling was put to the test in 2005, when Jill Coccaro bared her breasts on Delancey Street in New York, citing the 1992 decision, and was detained for twelve hours. She subsequently successfully sued the city for $29,000.
    • CommentAuthor256
    • CommentTimeJun 2nd 2013
    @wood - i'm astonished that i didn't see that verdict reported on tumblr before reading about it here. good work.
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    Oral sex gave me cancer - Michael Douglas
    • CommentTimeJun 2nd 2013 edited
    @Wood, I thought that was common knowledge in NYC?

    EDITED TO ADD: Yeah, that said, I WOULD NEVER EVER EVER walk around topless in NYC. This city has a big enough problem with catcalling when women AREN'T baring all.
    • CommentTimeJun 2nd 2013
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeJun 3rd 2013
    Well apparently until very recently the NYPD hadn't got the memo. Hence the lady being arrested in 2005 and suing the city.

    It's not enough to check the law befor doing something like walking around half-naked, you should also check if the police is informed of that law. Getting arrested for imaginary laws is a thing that happens.
    • CommentTimeJun 4th 2013
      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeJun 8th 2013 edited

    "Out of nowhere — believed to have been having a cigarette at the side of the King St. E. hotel — a man darted in and quickly assessed the situation."

    "In the midst of it all Jim wasn’t sure when they said they were going to take him to hospital and it was Malkovich who calmed him down.

    “He told the man don’t worry, the Canadian medical system is excellent,” said Ben. “He assured the man everything was going to be first class.”


    EDIT TO ADD - It sounds much better if you read it in John Malkovich's somewhat flat amazingness.
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeJun 8th 2013
    Sweden male train drivers wear skirts after shorts row
    The workers, who operate the Roslagsbanan line north of the capital Stockholm, have been wearing skirts to work for the past two weeks.

    Employer Arriva banned the drivers from wearing shorts after taking over the running of the line in January.

    But the company has given the men its blessing to wear skirts, according to local newspaper Mitti.

    "Our thinking is that one should look decent and proper when representing Arriva and the present uniforms do that. If the man only wants [to wear] a skirt then that is OK," Arriva communications manager Tomas Hedenius told the paper.

    "To tell them to do something else would be discrimination."
    • CommentTimeJun 9th 2013
    Alex Jones be cray. In other news, bears crap in woods, Pope found to be Catholic.