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IMG_7191The last days of summer are always bittersweet for us — we wait through months of fall and winter and early spring for it finally to be warm enough for us to go outdoors without coats on, never mind with nothing at all on from the waist up, and then no sooner is it finally nice out than the leaves start falling and it’s sweater weather again. Anyway, that’s what it always feels like.

IMG_6384IMG_6520IMG_7393But here we are in mid-September, and it was nice enough and warm enough and sunny enough for us to hit the grass in Washington Square Park on Friday and not only go topless ourselves but also inspire some strangers who saw us to take their shirts off too. Case in point:

IMG_6928IMG_6964IMG_6976And our new friend wasn’t the only one joining us for the first time. We had more than a dozen people show up for this outing, and most were first timers. They came prepared with books…

IMG_6824IMG_6797IMG_6543fIMG_6699…and vintage comics…

IMG_6816IMG_6684IMG_6704…and a wonderful compendium of sexploitation movie posters from the 1970s:

IMG_6418They came with snacks or partook of the ones we brought.

IMG_6457fIMG_6873IMG_7078(By the way, is there anything like a sweet doughnut and ripe strawberries to make it feel like summer could go on forever?)

IMG_7128IMG_7114And most of all they came with the wonderful, open-minded attitudes all our members have. We’re all ages, all races, all body types, all occupations, and all the same under our clothes. We don’t judge, we don’t preach; we just relax and enjoy the freedom we’re fortunate enough to have, and that too many of our sisters around the globe do not have, or don’t know they have, or are afraid to exercise if they do know. Our goal is to set an example — we enjoy doing that at least as much as we enjoy the sun and the breeze and each other’s company.

IMG_6807IMG_6586IMG_7261IMG_7427And it’s not too late for you to join in. Don’t worry if you’re nervous, or feel shy, or have never done anything like this before. Don’t even worry about the impending colder weather. We’re betting September still has a few more warm days in store for us, and maybe October will too. (And even when it gets too cold to meet outdoors, we always find ways to keep the fun going. But for now, the park still calls…)

IMG_6535Interested? Send us email at toplesspulpfiction@gmail.com.  The time to soak up some sun is now — before down coat season begins again.

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Scout-2.jpg-largeScout Willis has done something very simple and unremarkable: walked around New York topless on a warm summer day, as is every woman’s right and every man’s. But because she posted photos of herself doing it online on services like Instagram and Twitter, she got in trouble for it. That is insane.

The good news is that she is strong and confident and proud and not backing down. Which is why we love her.

(And yes, to respond to every person who has made the suggestion, we have indeed let her know she’s welcome at any of our get-togethers. We bet she’s someone who’d appreciate a good piece of pulp fiction.)

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34hA couple of weeks back, we posted some photos from a fan of ours who was trying to get up the nerve to join us at one of our events. Your comments were thoroughly supportive and she appreciated them, but her nerves got the better of her and she asked us to take her photos down again. But she’s still planning to come to one of our events, she says.

Well, here’s another correspondent of similar stripe: a woman who enjoys sunbathing topless or fully nude in the privacy of her own yard, but describes herself as a “virgin” when it comes to going bare-breasted in public.  Will she make it to one of our events? She wants to, she says. She intends to. She will. But first…she wants to share a few photos of her back-yard adventures, as a sort of toe-in-the-water first step.

We’re glad to share them with you, and your comments with her.

And as a reminder to anyone else who’s reading this and would like to be part of our happy band: just drop us a note at toplesspulpfiction[AT]gmail[DOT]com and we’ll make it as easy and comfortable as you could possibly want. There’s really nothing at all to be nervous about. And we’d love to have you.

ETA: One of you wrote to us to ask why we’re asking you to “rate” whether someone is “pretty enough” to join us. That is not at all what we’re asking, and if it came across that way to anyone we want to correct the misimpression. Being “pretty” is not a criterion; we welcome all women, regardless of what they look like.  Posting these photos is just a way of giving this prospective member a chance to feel what it’s like to be topless or naked in front of a few thousand strangers in a way that probably feels safer to her than doing it in real life. That way she can get a sense of whether she feels mortified or elated or something in between, and can decide whether to try it for real. And your comments, which are invariably supportive, might help her feel encouraged to try it.  That’s all. This isn’t some version of “Hot Or Not,” and we would never want it to come across that way.

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We hear from people every day asking if they could join us at one of our events. We don’t invite many men, but if you’re a woman who would like to try exercising your equal rights sometime, we’re glad to have you join us.

Some of you tell us that you’re interested but nervous. We understand. The first time can be daunting. But if you’re genuinely interested, you should try it at least once. Email us at toplesspulpfiction[AT]gmail[DOT]com and we’ll try to find an upcoming event that fits your schedule.

ETA: We previously had a couple of photos here from a young woman who said she was nervous but wanted to see how she felt if we posted her photos on our blog. We obliged. The result? She appreciated all your comments, but asked us to take the photos down.  She said she might come to one of our events…but for now preferred to retreat from public view. Entirely reasonable. We hope to reintroduce you to her as part of our happy band in the not-too-distant future.

The good folks at Brokelyn.com ran a story about us on their site today–you can check it out here. We appreciate the coverage!

Within minutes of the story going live, we’d started getting email from Brooklyn denizens eager to join our next outing. This is how a movement grows…

We’ve heard from dozens of women who’ve expressed interest in joining us at one of our events, and sometimes it’s hard to make everyone’s schedule (and geography) line up. When that happens, we always let people know they can still be part of the fun by sending a photo of themselves reading a favorite book topless—indoors or out, whatever’s legal where they are—and we’ll post it here. Such is the case with these two enthusiastic OCTPFAS fans.

The first had the good taste to choose one of the best mystery novels ever written as her reading matter in her photo, Ellen Raskin’s insanely brilliant THE WESTING GAME, while the second chose one of the best adventure novels ever written: Baroness Orczy’s THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL.

We can’t urge you strongly enough: If you like to read, read these books. Hell, if you don’t like to read, read these books. You’ll love them.

And if you want to share one of your favorite books with us, we’d love to see it (and to show the world another proud topless reader). You can always reach us at toplesspulpfiction[AT]gmail[DOT]com

We’ve got the best fans in the world! It’s getting a bit too chilly to go topless outdoors in New York City, and we haven’t yet finalized our plans for indoor alternatives during the winter months.  But we’ve heard from women all over the country and all over the world who’ve expressed solidarity with us, and we’ve invited them to be part of our grand adventure by sending us a photo of themselves reading their favorite book top-free, and lo and behold, some of them have.

Our first images come from the delicious BiblioBabes, Kat and Cara, in Canada, and god bless them, they love books and getting naked and what more could anyone want? We’ll even forgive that Kat’s reading an e-book in the photo above. (We’re ink-and-paper girls ourselves.)

We also got a submission from a fan in New York who asked to remain anonymous (hence her face being just out of frame) but who wrote, “This is so awesome …I would like to express how excited I am to be a part of what you’re doing.” Well, we’re excited to have you be part of it! (Extra points for elevating the level of the discourse by bringing Zora Neale Hurston into the picture, and even more for doing so without straying too far from pulp fiction: the book is “a first-hand account of the weird mysteries and horrors of voodoo.”)  We can’t wait to share a blanket with you in the park when the weather’s warm enough again!

And how about you…? If you’d like to show the world you’re a proud naked reader like us, send a photo to toplesspulpfiction[AT]gmail.com, and we’ll post our favorites. (Heck, we’ve got some extra copies left of Hard Case Crime’s new books, including GETTING OFF…while supplies last, we’ll send a free copy to everyone whose photo we run! How’s that for incentive?)

In the meantime, keep those thermostats up, those bras off, and those pages turning!