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IMG_0034Those of you who have been following our adventures for a while have come to recognize some of our members. “Whatever happened to that one with the tattoo of a moth on her abdomen?” you’ll ask. Or, “It was nice to see the member with the green stars on her arms.” (Tattoos are helpful identifiers when you don’t have clothes on.)

And we love welcoming the same people back, summer after summer. But we also love welcoming first-timers, and this past week, when the thermometer briefly poked its nose into the high 70s, we held a picnic in Central Park specially for people who’d never been to one of our events before.

IMG_9443IMG_9945In fact, many of them told us they had never gone topless anywhere before — not in a public place. And you can see from the smiles on their faces just how happy an experience it was for them.

IMG_9656IMG_9392IMG_9783It makes us appreciate what we’ve got that much more when we get to see it through the eyes of someone who’s never had it before, or at least never had it at home. (One new member told us she got used to sunbathing topless when she lived in Europe. But America isn’t Europe, and this was the first time she’d ever done it here.)

IMG_0016IMG_9554We had plenty of people around us who weren’t topless, but happily not one of them — not one — questioned our right to enjoy the sun bare to the waist. In fact, no one said a word to us, and even the occasional glance we got was passing and respectful.

IMG_9428One pair of little girls walked past with hands up by their eyes to block their view…but as we watched, we saw one of them peek through her fingers. Maybe in ten years or so, when she’s deciding for herself what to wear in the park, she’ll have a vague memory of this day and it will help her decide to choose the path of freedom.

IMG_0141IMG_9563In the meantime, we enjoyed our freedom as we always do. We read–

IMG_9334IMG_9929IMG_9800IMG_9691We snacked on things healthy and un–

IMG_9651IMG_9838We enjoyed the feeling of our bodies under the sun–

IMG_9689IMG_9413And we left feeling warmer and healthier than we have for a long time. Not just because of the sunlight, though that was wonderful, but because of the freedom. Because of how good it feels to be happy and (nearly) naked outdoors, to do it together with a group of smart, interesting, like-minded women, and to know we’re safe and in the right. It was a delicious afternoon, and we were especially glad to share it with newcomers.

IMG_9380We would love to share it with you, too, if you’re a woman in the New York area and would like to see what it’s like for yourself. Just send us an email. We’re at toplesspulpfiction@gmail.com. We’ll never share your name with anyone, and anything you’re wondering about you can ask us. We would be so very happy to hear from you.

Because your breasts deserve to feel the touch of the sun too.

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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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IMG_0373Shape.com, the website of Shape Magazine, just ran a lovely article about us. You can see it here.

They interviewed two of our members who spoke eloquently about their experiences with the group and why we do what we do. Strangely, though, they didn’t include images of either of those members in the article. Nor did they show any photos of, you know, bare breasts.

We’re happy to rectify that oversight.

IMG_7462And we welcome any Shape.com readers who found their way here through that site. If you’re a body-positive woman in the New York area and you’d like to take part in one of our events — or even if you’re just curious — we’d love to hear from you. You can reach us at toplesspulpfiction@gmail.com.

IMG_2650Going topless is healthy; going topless is liberating; and in New York, going topless is legal. Won’t you join us?

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IMG_2556fUsually we meet as a group: we choose a day, head to a park or plaza, and hang out topless in the sun together. Safety in numbers, and also it’s more fun to hang out in the park with friends than by yourself. But sometimes there’s no one else around and you just feel like heading out for a walk on your own.

IMG_1789fA case in point was the recent rainy morning you see here. It wound up being bright and sunny in the afternoon, but you wouldn’t have guessed by the way the wet stuff was pouring down in torrents during morning rush hour. But that’s what raincoats and umbrellas are made for, and if you’re thinking, “How can you wear a raincoat and go topless at the same time?”, you clearly haven’t found the right raincoat.

IMG_1863feIMG_2107fThe morning’s stroll took us along the Upper East side, past stores and storied apartment buildings–

IMG_1327e–and on to Carl Schurz Park, home to some of the finest dog runs in Manhattan…

IMG_2322f…a beautiful riverside promenade…

IMG_2390fIMG_2501fIMG_2601f…and Gracie Mansion, where the mayor lives. (Didn’t snap any photos there. Next time.)

This seems finally to have been the end of warm weather for the season — it’s brisk and chilly now and seems likely to remain so until the Spring. If so, we’re doubly glad we took advantage of the warm weather while it lasted, even if doing so meant braving the elements.

IMG_2272fNext time — indoors! And we have many exciting indoor events planned. If you’re curious about them and you’re a body positive woman in the New York area, we’d love to hear from you. Just drop a note to toplesspulpfiction@gmail.com and tell us a little about yourself. We’ll be glad to invite you to join us for our adventures.

Not that it isn’t fun doing it solo, too…

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IMG_0880“I just want to tell you,” the man in the dress shirt and necktie said, “I love what you’re doing. You’re bringing back the 1980s. Back then, everyone here was completely naked.” The smile on his face was warm and genuine, though it was hard to imagine the fond memory he was describing was accurate. People went completely naked on the piers at the Hudson River? Well, they hadn’t been developed yet; they were just rotting spurs of wood sticking out into the water; so, maybe. And yet…really?

“Yes,” he said. “You’d come here and everyone would be naked. It was free and wonderful.”

Free and wonderful: two words we could relate to, even if we still had our bottoms on. The wonderful part, especially, since it’s a wonder that in the middle of October it was still warm enough to go bare outdoors. Later, when the sun had set, we went online to search, and sure enough found this:

slide_218857_843458_freeThe Hudson Piers were once home to a flourishing gay and lesbian scene, which included nude sunbathing, until gentrification arrived and chased the sunbathers away.  Needless to say, we’re proud to be doing our part to bring it back, even if we’re only taking baby steps by comparison.

IMG_0827IMG_0814IMG_0824These days, the piers have been developed, with artful, asymmetrical grass swards and metal sculptures dotting the grounds, and the sun worshipers lounging about look like this–

IMG_0568IMG_0714But the day we came, they also looked like this:

IMG_0618IMG_0677IMG_0664And we saw the gentleman’s handstand and raised it three cartwheels.

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We certainly felt free there — no one bothered us or complained, or even gave us a dirty stare. In fact, when we saw a bare-chested man enjoying a beer at the outdoor bar at the end of the pier, we figured we’d be welcome that way too — and we were.

IMG_1023IMG_1065IMG_1077New York may not be everything it was 30 or 40  years ago, but in at least one respect it’s been freer and more wonderful since 1992, the year a state court established that it’s legal for women to go topless anywhere men can. Back in the day, maybe people went naked, but they were all breaking the law by doing so. Today, we can do what we do in total comfort and confidence.

IMG_0951IMG_0857IMG_0763Of course, the balmy temperatures won’t be around for much longer — already it’s turned colder.

But the flame of freedom? That burns all winter long.

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IMG_9878A week ago, we were told that the mini-documentary about us that was filmed back in June by the folks at 60-Second Docs wouldn’t actually air until November — the day after Thanksgiving, to be specific. Well, our holidays came early: we got word that the documentary is actually going live online today!

You can watch it here.

IMG_9870We’re pleased with how it came out, and we’re hopeful that it might inspire women not just in New York but all over world, either to take advantage of their equal rights if the law is already egalitarian where they live (as it is here in New York) or else to mobilize to change the law, if it unfairly prohibits female toplessness but allows men to bare their chests.

IMG_9802If you are here in New York, you don’t have to wait for next summer to go topless outdoors — it was in the 80s last week and is supposed to be in the high 70s again this week. Just email us at toplesspulpfiction@gmail.com and we’ll let you know when we’re holding our next event.

For example: We took advantage of the recent warm weather by visiting the northern end of Central Park, where we climbed rocks–

IMG_8466IMG_8492Arm-wrestled–

IMG_8330fIMG_8339fRelaxed in the shade of a parasol–

IMG_8215fIMG_8189fIMG_8130fAnd napped in the sun.

IMG_8232Wouldn’t you enjoy celebrating this rare temperate October bare-breasted in nature along with us?

IMG_8158Come — before it’s winter and we’re all wearing down parkas. Toplesspulpfiction@gmail.com.

Because every woman deserves to feel the sun on her nipples.

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IMG_9106Are we better known for reading traditional words-on-paper books than comic books and graphic novels? Probably. But since our group’s founding we’ve always had some comics in the mix too, and our comics-loving members are passionate indeed on the subject. So it’s maybe a bit surprising that until now we’ve never taken the time to visit Comic Con.

UPG-Comic Con_10062017_Gary Jean-Juste1 (15)Except for one thing — in New York, Comic Con comes in October, and October is usually too cold for outdoor toplessness. But not this year! This year it was 83 degrees on the con’s opening day, so several of us made our way to the lawn nearest to the convention center to get into our best cosplay gear.

IMG_8541IMG_8695The convention center itself has rules against toplessness, and we didn’t especially feel like fighting them (even though we would’ve been in the right), but there’s certainly nothing to stop a half dozen women dressed as superheroes, unicorns, anime characters, or some unholy combination of all three from leaving their tops off to better enjoy the breeze off the Hudson River.

IMG_8817IMG_8791IMG_8961One of our cosplayers drew her inspiration from Dark Phoenix…

IMG_9025FFP-Comic Con_10062017_Gary Jean-Juste1 (5)SKB-Comic Con_10062017_Gary Jean-Juste1 (1)…while others drew theirs from realms unknown.

IMG_8655(There was a brief moment when one of us was almost going to go for a topless rendition of Joy from Pixar’s Inside Out, but that somehow felt wrong and modifications were made.)

IMG_8864There is something doubly liberating about being half naked and half costumed — it’s twice the chance to show you’re not afraid or ashamed of who you are.

IMG_8763Now we’re wondering whether it’ll be this warm, still, when Halloween rolls around?

Maybe. Maybe. We’re thinking about what we might do. And if you think you might enjoy being part of it…? Drop us a note: toplesspulpfiction@gmail.com. All women are welcome, whether you’re already comfortable topless in the great outdoors or you’re nervous about your first time.

Remember: you can always wear a mask. 🙂

IMG_9034BBM-Comic Con_10062017_Gary Jean-Juste2 (4)[NOTE: Special thanks to photographer Gary Jean-Juste for some of these terrific pictures!]