To The Daily Sun,
Please excuse the continuation of my previous letter, however it was pointed out to me that I seemed to have "missed" more of Ms. Lilley comments.
1. The women that yelled "nasty" at you had nothing to do with body shaming, she was referring to your display on the side of the road. She was referring to you, not your body! So please understand that clearly. And if she had kids in the car she had every right to say something, I would have done the same. A mothers job is to protect her children and if she felt that strongly about yelling that out in front of them, then that should show you she is not in favor of your "choice" in-front of her children.
2. I love how suddenly your campaign has gone from, If men can go topless, so should we, because that was the claim to fame since day one right? Now you include slut shaming, body shaming, and rape issues to your cause; where did that come from, your lawyer to make this "campaign" look better, more solid? It actuality made me laugh and made me see how far off this planet you truly are with your "views" on these subjects.
3. Slut shaming of any kind is cruel no matter how it is used. It is degrading emotionally and I agree needs to stop from both men and women. Your topless cause will never help it, it only adds to it and gives people more reason to use it.
4. Body shaming is another cruel issue. We are all not born like a super model, male or female. We age, have children, have medical conditions, etc. Shaming anyone on how they look or dress is childishness and bullying, and I agree needs to stop. But exposing yourself and causing "drama" is not the fix either. People need to love themselves and haters need to focus their energy else where. Maybe to a good cause, like helping out your fellow kind instead of hurting them.
5. Rape is a whole issue that goes on a level of darkness and horror that no female or male should ever have to suffer. Rape is a vicious, demeaning,and a selfish act. It leaves scars and pain that last a lifetime — not just for the victim, but all their loved ones, children, and friends. So even putting that in your comment shows me how clueless and insensitive you are. No one should get raped because of their gender, the way they dress, act, or behave, ever. And again your topless/exposing ways are not the attention any rape victim would want or need to be "reminded" of it ever in their lives. Did you ever think of that?
Did you ever think you could be exposing yourself right next to a rape victim? A victim of incest? Think of that the next time you sit next to, stand near, or walk by a woman, man, or child.
Good luck at, I believe, Hampton Beach, on Aug. 28 — another topless march. As I have read online many people are not happy about it, unless you're an 18-year-old boy. And I have also read, not all of your protesters are as peaceful as you claim to be.
But, I did see your following stand for pictures with their backs turned, due to censoring by local papers covering your plight. And, so amazing that the majority taking the frontal pictures were all men. Perhaps their cameras pointing down, along with their eyes, they must be showing their support for your "cause" in their own way, I guess you could say.
Denise C. Burke
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