Topless Rally In Downtown Asheville Set For August 26, 2012

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Topless Rally 2011, Asheville Citizen Times
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Asheville, NC-- Bared female breasts will make a second annual appearance in downtown Asheville in late August, reprising a rally that generated huge crowds - and criticism - last year.

The website Gotopless.org lists Asheville as one of nine American cities that will have a Go Topless rally on Aug. 26, which it notes is Women's Equality Day.

The times and exact location of the event differ on website and on the city of Asheville's events permitting site. The city's calendar says the event is permitted for 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in Pritchard Park, while gotopless.org says the rally will be at 1 p.m. in Pack Square.

Last August, organizers held a topless rally in Pack Square that drew dozens of breast-baring women, as well as an even larger crowd of raucous onlookers.

A few weeks later, another group, led by former City Councilman Carl Mumpower and former Buncombe County Republican Party Chairman Chad Nesbitt, held a counter-rally at Pack Square Park.

While state law allows women to bare their breasts, the men contended state law was violated because the rally devolved into a sexual performance in front of, and possibly involving, minors.

Police said no minors were involved in the event.

Mumpower said Thursday he plans to do whatever he can to voice his opposition to the upcoming rally.

He hopes to organize a counter-rally for the same day.

"I plan to do my creative best to draw as much negative attention to the degradation of our culture as I can," Mumpower said. "Every responsible media outlet and every responsible person in a position of power in this city was in total denial about what this was."

Gotopless.org says on its site that women do not have to bare their breasts to participate.

"During the protests, women will have the choice of going fully topless or wear red tape or something else to hide their (infamous!) nipples. They are also completely welcome to come and support this cause while being fully dressed if they prefer."

The idea of the rally is to highlight inequality in laws that allow men to go topless but not women.

Related: 2011 Topless Rally In Asheville 

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