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Columbia Missourian

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: From one city to another, beware of GoTopless event

By Carl Mumpower
August 14, 2012 | 5:35 p.m. CDT

It seems that the good folks at GoTopless.org are working toward Columbia. Coming from another American city, Asheville, N.C., that has been graced by their activities, I would encourage your community to resist this deceptive exercise ironically created by a man and a para-religious organization.

At last year’s topless event in Asheville, the "topless protest" was characterized by stripteases on our city fountain, sexual performance in front of minors and participation by underage teens. Their pretense that this was an innocent little exercise in equal rights for chests was betrayed by actions and pictures.

Before you support degrading Columbia, take a quick minute and check out GoBrainless.org. That's our effort to counter-protest theirs. It's not about breasts; it's about degrading our culture, women and, in this case, Columbia.

Carl Mumpower is a psychologist and the former vice-mayor of Asheville, N.C.