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Shirts and Bras are Misogynistic, Topless Coeds Declare in Campus Sit-in

Half-naked band of UC San Diego students demand: 'Free the Nipple'

A crowd of female UC San Diego students took off their shirts and bras and hung around a grassy quad with their breasts exposed Wednesday in a protest against indecency laws.

The coeds were joined by male students as well in a 30-minute demonstration dubbed “Free The Nipple.” Dozens of students took part. Organizers provided snacks, water, music and body paint.

The main list of grievances presented by this band of half-naked millennials was as follows: “To combat the idea of body shaming, to show that we should be proud of our bodies, and to normalize all nipples in a society where only female nipples are hyper-sexualized and criminalized.”

“Why is it OK that boys can do it but I can’t,” is the oft-repeated mantra of protest co-organizer Anni Ma, who declares her breasts are not “sex organs.”

The rally took place on a campus that neighbors a public beach that allows nudity. It’s also home to the professor who had his students strip naked for their final exam. Perhaps unsurprisingly, campus officials shrugged off the protest.

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