I Heart Moira Johnston

Sun, 08/05/2012 - 09:38
Submitted by Carlin Ross

This woman is fab.  In NY state, it's completely legal for a woman to go topless anywhere a man can go topless as long as she's not engaged in commerce.  You can go topless on the beach...in parks...but not many women do except for Moira Johnston.

The first time she went topless at Union Square she was arrested and later released without charge.  Talk about courage:

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Sun, 08/05/2012 - 15:14

From doing life drawing in art college I found nakedness is something you get use too very quickly. 

Topless in New York

Sun, 08/05/2012 - 16:40

There is no Western nation as prudish and as preoccupied with stamping out sex and the healthy appreciation of the human body as the United States. Topless sunbathing in public parks and swimming pools is completely normal in Europe and there is absolutely no hysteria or crazed religiosity about it. So good for Moira Johnston's striking a blow for freedom and comfort, and against shame. She could be a pioneer in advancing body acceptance in the US---something that is long overdue.

I also did drawing from life in college, learned a lot, and enjoyed it. We had the occasional male model as well, although the professor said that in general the average man wasn't as interesting to draw nude as the average woman because women have superior 'volumetric form'---curves, in other words. So one of the male models he chose was a bodybuilder---more curves and filled-out shapes to model. I had several female student friends who modeled for the class. There was undoubtedly something sensual in the air when they posed for us, but it was also respectful and we were working seriously at getting better at drawing the human form.

We had only one guy.

Sun, 08/05/2012 - 18:26

 An old man who wore a thong. He was intetesting to draw. Would have been better to get a good range of body types with men as we did with the other models. Posing is hard work though, appart from any body insecurity issues and bumping into students when you go shopping who've seen you naked :) 

I took a life drawing class

Sun, 08/05/2012 - 18:43
kathleenEB (not verified)

I took a life drawing class as well and was shocked when our first nude model was a very good looking and well-built young man. However, once we settled down to drawing, he quickly became just a three dimensional gathering of light and shade on the podium.  Subsequent nude models also became the same---you get used to it very quickly and it becomes just part of the environment.  The same would probably go for public toplessness as well---we got used to men going shirtless. There was a time when that was as shocking as a woman going topless is now. 

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