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Go Topless Day organizers say Hampton Beach event combats sexual harassment

By KIMBERLEY HAAS
Union Leader Correspondent

August 02. 2018 10:54AM
Olivia Alden of Wakefield and Amber Biggs of Barre, Vt., were some of the women strolling the beach in Hampton as part of Go Topless Day in 2016. (File photo by Kimberley Haas)



HAMPTON — The annual Go Topless Day at Hampton Beach is scheduled for Aug. 26 and organizers say it’s more important than ever to normalize the female body.

Kia Sinclair said women shouldn’t be seen as sexual objects and exposed breasts are not an invitation for harassment or assault.

“We’re encouraged to dress and act in ways to protect ourselves from sexual objectification and harassment, yet it doesn’t work. The #MeToo movement highlights what has always been happening. Sexual harassment and assault has always been going on,” Sinclair said.

Sinclair said Free the Nipple is a separate movement to raise awareness about the harm in objectifying the female breast and that is celebrated during Go Topless Day.

“Breastfeeding is a good example. I believe breastfeeding rates in the U.S. are low partly due to the sexual objectification of the female nipple,” Sinclair said.

The annual event at Hampton Beach started in 2015 when local officials expressed concern about the impact of having topless women on the family-friendly beach. It is typically held on or around Aug. 26, which is Women’s Equality Day.

Go Topless Day starts at 7 a.m. and lasts until 10 p.m.


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