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Roy Elimelech with Eva Judell supporting the ‘Free Nipple’ rally taking place in Byron on August 11. Photo supplied.

It’s not only Facebook that has a problem with the female aureole, it seems.

Eva Judell thinks there’s still a long way to go before men and women are treated equally when it comes to baring their breasts.

On top of that, many women who have plucked up the courage to go topless on the beach have been ‘slut shamed’ or embarrassed by men who wouldn’t think twice about ripping off their own shirts.

Photo gallery by Jeff Dawson

So, on Saturday morning, Eva and about 50 bare-breasted followers took to the beach at Belongil and walked to Main Beach to protest the pointed lack of parity.

To Eva’s surprise, slightly more than half of the ‘protesters’ were in fact male.

‘To be honest I think it’s harder for women to be courageous enough to protest this,’ she told Echonetdaily.

‘It’s a lot easier to show support on the internet – we had more than 300 people who said they were coming and upwards of 50 shares.

Eva expressed gratitude for the presence of the men, who she said ‘were really willing just to come out and support’ but added ‘they obviously haven’t been subjected to the same sort of trauma that they have to work through’.

No police presence

‘A lot of people assumed the police would’ve come but in Australia as I understand it’s not illegal to be topless.

‘There’s also a lot of tension about the nudist beach thing – where people were fined for being completely naked.

‘When we finally got to Main Beach there was quite a crowd watching a busker and he allowed us to take over the microphone and then there was suddenly an appreciative audience.’

Eva said she is considering holding the rally again ‘in the middle of summer when Byron is pumping and that stretch between Belongil and Main Beach has lots of people.

‘I do want people to know that it’s not going to be angry or negative and not protesting for legislative change or anything.’


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  1. A bunch of wannabes after their 15 minutes in the media limelight. Why don’t you all grow up and find something useful to do. Save a koala or pick up rubbish off the beach. Anything !

  2. Congratulations ! what a Beautiful Action ! Big Smiles ! Wonderful
    Fantastic ! Yip Yip Yip 🙂

    Check out the website gotopless.org and check out the global action coming up
    on GoTopless Day – Aug 26, 2018 and get on the Boobmap !
    Fantastic ! More need to know about this ! Thankyou,

  3. Exactly! And a big step backwards for female equality. Highly risible.
    Some parts of the body are sacred
    Not everyone wants to have your tits in their faces
    What happened to female pride??

  4. There have always been (and always will be) folk like Sue, Peter and Jodi who consider it their obligation to instruct other people on matters of dress and conformity. Where would we be without their guidance ?


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