That is the title on the article on my very own Asheville, NC in the Wall Street Journal ! We made the WSJ- that is weird. The article starts out :
BY VALERIE BAUERLEIN ASHEVILLE, N.C.—This city has made a name for itself as a tourist and retirement haven, known for its arts,festivals, spiritual retreats and welcoming culture. But a topless rally here Sunday prompted even locals who want to "Keep Asheville Weird" to question if weird is a sustainable economic model, especially in a downturn. But Ms. Best said she worries about blurring the line between being accepting and being offensive. This is all I can read unless I subscribe which I don't see myself doing.
“How weird is too weird?” is not a question I have asked myself- free speech and all. Does this help or hurt the cause of woman equality? Is this an appropriate venue or a loosely related fringe hoot. Again it started conversation among us about the the issue of -if men can go around without shirts, so can woman. Well I think it is ridiculous to expect that much freedom- but if you feel inclined go for it and get arrested. I was surprised to find out that some of my friends felt that woman should be allowed to go topless if men can. To me this is a childish taunt, I can do anything you can do.
This is supposed to be a celebration of woman’s right to vote! Personally I think that is something to celebrate but not this way. Perhaps this is where the frustration over the LACK of EQUAL RIGHTS and EQUAL PAY for equal work leads the woman. Although I did note that the organizer was a man- probably the aim was to make a mockery of woman and they played along.
Alternet said: No doubt, many conservatives find the idea of women showing their breasts in public to be “weird.” But isn’t it actually a lot weirder to live in the modern age and not understand how the female body functions, ala Todd Akin? “Asheville was among a number of cities hosting Go Topless Day rallies on Sunday, the anniversary of the adoption of the U.S. Constitution’s 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote.
Jeff Johnson of Huntsville, Ala., who organized the event, said the rally was intended to promote women’s equality. “We’re going to fight for the right for women and men to be treated equally,” he said.
Equality between the sexes. Wow. How weird is that?!? Hey I’d settle for equal rights and equal pay- how weird is that!