(Photo : GoTopless.org)
Women's rights organization GoTopless is fuming over an alleged violation of civil rights and undermining of gender equality by search giant Google, when it denied the organization permission to utilize its AdSense program.
AdSense is a program created by Google that pays third parties for displaying Google ads on their Web sites. GoTopless recently signed up to participate in this program and said it was denied due to an "arbitrary decision" that said its online content violates Google's terms. A Google representative informed the organization that its Web site displays adult content and that Web sites will illustrations or text that are inappropriate for young children are banned from taking part in the lucrative program.
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"Google is discriminating against us for displaying things children already see in places where female public toplessness is legal," said Nadine Gary, president of GoTopless. "Since 1992, women can legally go topless in New York State as just one example. That means children already see women's breasts in New York City streets and many other places. Shame on Google for being behind the times and hindering on important women's rights causes, which is also a civil rights cause."
In the name of women's rights, GoTopless has planned what are sure to be controversial, yet constitutionally protected demonstrations on August 26th, Women's Equality Day. This will be a global event with the main rally going down in Washington D.C. Participants in the following cities will be protesting topless or participating in topless events: Amsterdam, Chicago, Hong Kong, Mexico City, Phoenix, Toronto, Honolulu, Miami Beach, San Francisco, Vancouver, Lake Michigan, New York City, Seattle, Venice Beach, Geneva, Tampa, Washington D.C., London, Paris, Tel Aviv and several more.
Women should make themselves familiar, though, with the organization's list of "officially topless tested" cities, available here. It should also be noted that even with top-free laws established and in effect, police officials can still make arrests by way of two simple words: disorderly conduct. The women behind GoTopless would like to encourage you not to be intimidated, though. You can apparently sue the city back for wrongful arrest as long as your only crime was going topless.
"Although it's short notice, we may add a GoTopless protest outside Google's headquarters in Mountain View to protest their discriminatory exclusion of our organization from AdSense," Gary said.