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IMG_6273This past Saturday, five dozen people took all their clothes off in Washington Square Park. Some of our members were among them.

IMG_6041IMG_6147IMG_6135IMG_6055IMG_4250Not only did no one call the cops on this display of naked bodies, but the cops were already there and fully supportive — they were present to make sure everything went smoothly and that none of the naked people were harassed or bothered. And none of us were.

IMG_6131Now, here’s an interesting fact: one day later, if any of us had tried to undress to the exact same extent in the exact same place, we would have gotten stopped, and maybe arrested, by those exact same cops. Does that make any sense to you?

Yes, Saturday was a special day: the 5th annual “New York Bodypainting Day” festival. For five years, artist Andy Golub has brought together fellow artists from all over the country and all over the world to paint nude models on one afternoon in the summer. And yes, there is an exception in the public indecency laws for nudity that occurs in the course of making or exhibiting art. That’s why no one got arrested on Saturday.

But what’s the logic? How can it possibly be the case that sixty fully naked women and men standing in a group is an inoffensive sight one day, but the following day even just one fully naked woman or man — perhaps lying among a bunch of sunbathers such as this group that watched us for hours on Saturday — is offensive enough to be deemed illegal?

IMG_6268The prude who says a breast, a vulva, a penis is always and automatically shameful may be wrong (in our humble opinion), but at least the prude is consistent. The person who says vulvas and penises are fine on Saturday but forbidden every other day is either the strangest Sabbath observer ever or else just a hypocrite.

IMG_6308But — as long as the hypocrites are making the rules, we’ll take such opportunities for freedom as we’re granted. One day each year when we can shed the last little vestiges of our clothes out in the park is better than none.

IMG_6312IMG_6190IMG_6292And this one was better than most. The weather was absolutely perfect (not a hint of rain in the sky), the crowd was supportive (not a complaint heard, at least by our ears), there were a pianist and a xylophonist nearby for musical accompaniment (randomly), and we even were graced with a street fair right outside the park, for when our thirst required fresh-squeezed lemonade to quench it (Andy kindly supplied some snacks as well, including unintentionally appropriate ones).

IMG_6253The art that emerged from this inspiring environment was suitably inspired. Meant to reflect this year’s theme, “Movement,” we saw everything from the literal, with moving flora and fauna–

IMG_6250IMG_6263IMG_6241IMG_6338…to the metaphorical, such as a bit of cubism (which began, remember, as an attempt to show movement on a static canvas — how great to see it attempted on a rippling moving canvas!)

IMG_4240…or the sort of movement that results in social change:

IMG_4258Speaking of which, we’re a bit of a movement ourselves, aren’t we? Sparking social change, making people think differently about what they’ve always assumed. Seeking freedom.

IMG_6326On Saturday we were free. In a way we rarely have the opportunity to be. Could Monday morning be just as free someday?

Yes. Someday. We firmly believe that. With or without paint, with or without clothes, bodies should be free.

IMG_6052IMG_6143IMG_6181If you’d like to join our little movement, drop us a note: toplesspulpfiction@gmail.com. With your help, we’ve got some brick walls we’d like to bust through together.

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IMG_4834Five years ago, a painter named Andy Golub had a brilliant brainstorm. He’d been painting works of art on the bodies of individual models for some time, and had won some legal battles establishing that he had the right to do so outdoors in New York City. (It’s legal for women to be topless outdoors in New York anywhere a man can; full nudity is generally not legal in public for anyone of any gender. But there’s an exception — women and men can both be naked in public places as part of an artistic exhibition or a play. And being painted as a human canvas is certainly an artistic exhibition.)

IMG_4923So here’s the brilliant brainstorm he had: what if, instead of one painter painting one model in a public place, he brought together fifty painters and fifty models — models of all ages, sizes, races, and genders, painters from all over the country and all over the world? Suddenly, the artist and model would no longer be outnumbered by a confused and judgmental crowd — in one place, for a time, naked would be the norm. Art would be the norm.

IMG_4943And so Bodypainting Day was born. This year is the 5th anniversary, and anyone interested in attending can find the group in Washington Square Park starting around noon on Saturday, July 14. In anticipation of the big day, and maybe to get his painting arm limbered up, Andy met with us this week on our favorite rooftop sundeck and tested out some wonderful new designs.

It’s fun to be a human canvas, and even more fun to watch the process as your friends get turned into living works of art.

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IMG_4496IMG_4629IMG_4716IMG_4749IMG_4782Turnabout being fair play, at the end one of the painters got painted:

IMG_4887And we even had a spectator or two who remained pristine.

IMG_4656Look like fun? It was. If you’re thinking you might like to try this someday — with or without the paint — we welcome all curious and body-positive women to join us. Just send email to toplesspulpfiction@gmail.com and tell us a little about yourself. You’ll be under the sun — and who knows, maybe under the brush too — in no time.

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IMG_9153We heard from our sister group in Australia again with more photos from their visit to their local beach. And this being the 4th of July, we figured it was as good a time as any to share them with you. We love this group of proud, independent, body-positive ladies and hope someday soon they come to NYC for a visit.

SwanMay2018-2SwanMay2018-3We, meanwhile, have no beach trip planned for the holiday, but we’re delighted to take this opportunity to look back at past visits to Coney Island…

IMG_8532…and Riis Beach.

IMG_3088IMG_3319New York City is not blessed with truly great beaches, alas, and certainly not ones where we’re able to be as completely free as our Aussie friends. But we do still enjoy a touch of sand and sea. So another outing to the shore may be in our future.

Would you like to come with us if we do go? Or to any of our in-the-city events, for that matter? Just email us at toplesspulpfiction@gmail.com. We welcome all like-minded women to come beat the heat with us.

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IMG_0864Today, our blog topped 22.5 million views — a random number, but also sort of an astonishing one when you consider that we’re just one small group in one city, quietly going about our business. Granted, it’s a big city and what we’re doing is eye-catching. But still. It’s gratifying to know that our message has peacefully spread to so many readers in so many parts of the world. (Fewer than half our views have come from the United States; the rest have come from everywhere from Europe and Australia to Micronesia, Vatican City, even North Korea.)

People across America and throughout the world have seen that in New York it’s possible for women to enjoy the same freedom as men, and for women’s bodies to be treated as normal and ordinary and healthy, rather than shameful or provocative or in some other way deserving of being forcibly covered up or hidden away.

0713-jWe’ve flown the banner of freedom in parks and plazas,

park-jMadisonSq-eOn rooftops and in restaurants,

IMG_9479IMG_5605IMG_7071At landmarks and monuments,

octpfas_081513-9618AS_2382In front of audiences of hundreds and alone in privacy of our little inflatable pool,

IMG_5038IMG_9556In bikini bottoms and in nothing at all.

IMG_3009IMG_2965IMG_2887And through it all we’ve maintained our sense of humor and patience and our conviction that in the end the world will come to see things our way.

Would you like to be part of our grand adventure? Whether you’ve ever done it before or are a nervous first-timer, we welcome all women. Just email us at toplesspulpfiction@gmail.com and let us know you’re interested. You’ll be bare-chested under the sun before you know it. And we have a feeling you’re going to love it. 🙂

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IMG_3695Everyone knows — at least everyone who comes to this blog does — that it’s legal in New York for women to go topless outdoors, anywhere that it’s legal for men to do it. But being fully nude is another story.

IMG_3493There are times and places where it’s legal — if you’re putting on a play or participating in the creation or exhibition of art, for instance — but generally speaking if it’s just a nice, sunny day and you’d like to lose your swimsuit bottom as well as your top, your options are limited.

IMG_3550IMG_3539What New Yorkers commonly do is go up to the roof of their apartment building and do it there, though it’s not without risk. You won’t get stopped by the police, but a neighbor might see you and object, or see you and rather too enthusiastically not object, and either way can be awkward.

Our solution for the past several summers has been to visit the sundeck of a little hotel in Chelsea that has made its rooftop officially clothing optional — the sole official nude sunbathing option in the city, as far as we know. You can only use it if you’re a guest at the hotel, so we book a room and then the roof is ours.

IMG_3387It’s a five-story walk-up, so lugging supplies can be a chore…but we’ve been known to do it anyway, reconstructing the better part of a neighborhood bodega up there, from water and beer to fruit and chips and guac and muffins and…

IMG_3708And books. Like this much-loved copy of Stephen King’s It, dating back to when its reader (It‘s reader) was just 12 years old.

IMG_3851On the other end of the spectrum, our friends at Hard Case Crime gave us an early look at Understudy For Death, which isn’t going to be in stores for another month!

IMG_3593And when we weren’t reading or noshing,

IMG_3716IMG_3889IMG_3881We hung out and chatted–

IMG_3441And cooled down in the outdoor shower–

IMG_3439And napped–

IMG_3321And hydrated–

IMG_3517IMG_3401And shot selfies, with and without the church in the background–

IMG_3514IMG_3447And got a teeny, tiny bit of exercise running from one part of the deck to the other.

IMG_3661IMG_3662IMG_3664We modeled outfits and jewelry–

IMG_3821IMG_3873IMG_4010–and heart-shaped linzer cookies.

IMG_3428As you can see, not everyone went fully nude; no one has to. It’s just really nice to have that option.

IMG_4005IMG_3609IMG_3351IMG_3927Yes, there were a few penises out in the sun too. They deserve Vitamin D as much as vulvas do. (Vulvae? Sure, if you want to be all linguistically correct about it. Which of course we do.)

IMG_3777In short, we had a wonderful time. And until this particular sort of wonderful time is allowed in the middle of Central Park, we’ll continue enjoying it in our little rooftop sanctuary.

Would you like to join us next time? Or for our next topless visit to one of the city’s parks, for that matter? Either way, drop us an email — toplesspulpfiction@gmail.com. We’d love to hear from you, and perhaps to induct you into our sun-swept sorority for the summer. IMG_3573IMG_3649

 

IMG_2143School’s out…there’s a Star Wars movie in the theaters…grocery stores have broken out the hot dog buns and the red white and blue…it may not officially be summer yet, but we’re calling it. Finally. Enough with the cold, enough with the rain, and enough with the clothes.

IMG_1605As those of you who’ve followed our adventures for a while know, it’s legal in New York for women to go topless anywhere a man can. But you rarely see women doing it, even when the weather would easily justify it. Why? Either because people don’t know it’s legal (or aren’t 100 percent certain it is — though it absolutely, 100 percent is) or, even if they do know it’s legal, because they’re worried about what might happen if they tried it. The result: when we came to the lush and lovely East Lawn in Central Park this weekend, we saw this…

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IMG_1128But until we showed up, not this:

IMG_1980So we had a job to do. Our mission is to act as a sort of aide-memoire, reminding everyone in shouting distance that going shirtless is every woman’s right. Well, it’s your right if you live in New York — and it should be your right everywhere.

What did we do with this right of ours? Just enjoyed it. We didn’t shout, we didn’t don balaclavas or hoist picket signs — there are times for that, but we prefer simply leading by example. We swiftly got rid of what limited waist-up garments we wore to the park–

IMG_1161IMG_1521(We might, in some cases, briefly have disposed of some waist-down garments as well. It was just such a nice day.)

IMG_1874IMG_2111We brought out snacks courtesy of Driscoll’s and Starbucks

IMG_1549IMG_1378IMG_1629…which not only supplied calories but enabled a recreation of The Creation of Adam.

IMG_1330We dove into books by Jeff VanderMeer

IMG_1642IMG_1727and Jeffrey Eugenidies

IMG_1911IMG_2016and some people not named Jeff.

IMG_1765IMG_1676Between the food for thought and the plain old food, our appetites were well sated — especially when you add in the sun and the breeze and the neighborly dog who came over for petting and belly rubs, and the absolute and utter lack of fuss made by anyone at all over our bare chests. One infrequent member marveled at it: No one’s bothering us. No one’s saying anything. No one’s staring.

Right. Exactly. And that’s just the way it should be.

Freedom should always be this easy and feel this good.

IMG_2218If you would like to take part in one of our events this season — if you’d like to feel this free and this good — please email us at toplesspulpfiction@gmail.com. We welcome all women, whether you’re a veteran of topless beaches or a nervous first-timer. Write to us. Ask any questions you have. Come once to try it for yourself. But don’t deny yourself this pleasure and this privilege.

It’s your right as much as it is any man’s.

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IMG_8487The first dozen days of April were cold in New York City, and now here we are on April 16th and it’s both cold and rainy. It was cold and rainy yesterday, too. And windy. But you know when it wasn’t cold, rainy, and windy? Friday the 13th.

IMG_8267Friday the 13th will henceforth live in our memory as one of the luckiest days of the year. We woke up in the morning to the unaccustomed spectacle of sunny skies, and they just got sunnier as the day wore on.

IMG_8560rOut in Central Park, on the lawn at Columbus Circle, a group of men were playing football on the grass, some of them with no shirts on. Some of the spectators looking on were shirtless too — the male spectators.

IMG_8242But until we arrived, there wasn’t a woman in the place who had the temerity to take her top off. Well, temerity is our middle name. (Really, check our birth certificate, you’ll see.) So no sooner were we sitting down than our tops were lying on the grass beside us.

IMG_8443It was a chance to catch up with some old friends…

IMG_8940IMG_9141IMG_8761…and to meet some new ones, too. (We have a feeling our new friends will be old friends before the summer is out.)

IMG_8855rIMG_8587IMG_8619IMG_8625We were visited at one point by a beautiful dog, whose owner was in town from Florida, where she says she gladly goes naked on the beach. But she wasn’t quite ready to go topless with us here. Not sure why, since we were clearly doing it with no adverse consequences. But we’re glad she spent some time chatting with us, and maybe if she comes back to New York sometime this summer she’ll look us up again.

IMG_8811IMG_8774IMG_8790By the way, if you’re going to be in New York this summer and would like to join us, just drop a note to toplesspulpfiction@gmail.com. We welcome all women who would like to share this experience with us!

Also by the way: you don’t need to be an adorable puppy to get scratched behind the ears. 🙂

IMG_8846All that talk of going nude on the beach in Florida may have inspired us, or maybe it was just the presence of beautiful yellow flowers in full bloom, but one of us decided she needed to experience nature au naturel. Temerity, remember.

IMG_8963IMG_8990IMG_9021IMG_9023IMG_9071IMG_9108Happily her naked moment conferrin’ with the flowers (yes, we’re Oz fans, too) didn’t cause any alarm bells to clang and we were able to finish out the afternoon bare to the waist.

IMG_8465IMG_8381How lovely it was! How salubrious and gleeful and, and…human. Even when the time came to get dressed again, we did it with big smiles on our faces.

IMG_9115IMG_9131Every man in the city should have the experience of walking bare-chested in the park on a beautiful spring day — and every woman, too. Men have been doing it forever, of course. But now? Now women are too. And we couldn’t feel luckier.

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