How the Canadian Media Undermines Topfreedom Equality For Girls

Guest site by: Peter Allison ([e-mail protected])
As Canadians are well aware, the national election race is really heating up. The Liberal Party Leader, Justin Trudeau, could be the following Prime Minister of Canada, though if did win, it would be a minority win at best. Sayings like “Prime Minister,” “minority win” and “Liberal Party” are words not often spoken or fully understood in the USA. I ‘ve seen that the word Liberal is frequently used as a derogatory term when referring to a politician in the united states, but in Canada, the Liberal Party is one of the three biggest political parties with the Conservative and the New Democratic political parties.
In Ontario, topfreedom for girls continues to be legal since 1996 when Gwen Jacob was acquitted in the Ontario Court of Appeal for walking topfree through the town of Guelph in 1991.
There have been many cases where police and other authorities aren’t sure whether girl and girls do have the right to be topfree in public. The latest incident in Waterloo, Ontario, sparked a protest and a march that has actually highlighted the dilemma in the minds of Canadians.
Recently the Liberal Party Leader, Justin Trudeau, did march in the Pride Parade and was photographed with a topfree woman. ( is pictured below in the purple shirt.)
Justin Trudeau at the Toronto Pride Parade
Do you envision you will see a Democratic or Republican nominee marching in a Pride Parade or pictured near any topfree women? In Canada, we additionally have government-supplied health care, a high minimum wage and filthy weather many months of the year. Pluses and minuses of living in the Great White North! Luckily, we get a few months of nice warm summer weather every year that lend nicely to topfreedom.
Where most Canadian media is really favorable and encouraging of Trudeau’s existence at the parade and in these images, some articles treat this as more of a joke and some say it was a political error.

The troubling thing about this whole event is the treatment of topfreedom in the Canadian media. Where it is legal for both men and women to be topfree in public, seemingly it is not so in the media. The Toronto Star pixelated the woman’s breasts, Chatelaine reduced the girl to some cartoon and the National Post cropped the graphic just below the neck. In the Chatelaine article it claimed “we’ve exemplified the woman to preserve her privacy.” The girl decided to be topfree in public. This had not been a private statement for her. I am confident she would not have desired her courageous protest of her independence replaced with a cartoon illustration.
If Justin were also topfree in this image, I will be sure only the girl would happen to be pixelated or cartooned. The treatment of the girls in these graphics functions to both dehumanize her and to throw doubt on the legitimacy of her dress. Without graphics in the media of equal topfreedom for both gents and ladies, the public will continually be weary of whether female topfreedom is something which should be accepted. It sends a message that this is not safe for the public eye. This woman pictured may have the right to be topfree, but not really, not in the media and not in the general public head. So how free are girls to feel equal in Canada? In accordance with the Canadian media, they are not at all.
In the Chatelaine and Maclean Magazines:
From the Toronto Star:
From the National Post:
The first image:
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