A Canadian woman’s attempt to expose her hometown mayor to the complexities of a gender equality issue caused some buzz after she took her top off mid-interview.
Lori Welbourne, a syndicated columnist with The Province newspaper, sat down with Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray to talk about double standards and whether a woman would land in jail if she chose to bare her breasts in public in his city. The quick answer is not anymore. Keep in mind that this entire interview was planned and the mayor knew what she was going to do.
“The bylaws were repealed. And they were old bylaws,” Gray explained in a video uploaded to YouTube on Wednesday. He later told CBC News he was just playing along in the segment.
The buxom blonde pressed forward to make a point about ambiguous and archaic laws in Canada and the U.S. surrounding a woman’s right to go shirtless in public.
“What would be inappropriate about a women being topless?” a shirtless Welbourne asked Gray.
“The difference probably is that a woman’s chest causes a distraction,” he responded.
But she wasn’t satisfied with that answer, quipping that she found earlobes incredibly distracting and asked the mayor if he was willing to cover his lobes with earmuffs.
“Um, no,” Gray responded.
For those Canadians or Americans who are not aware of this please note that in Canada it is perfectly legal for a woman to remove her top in any public venue without any interference. I have seen a few but most women aren’t aware of this and most of course wouldn’t anyway. Mostly women will take advantage of this on beaches and I saw no one upset or act silly when they have. They can not do it if they are promoting a business of any kind.
I have always said that until women could go topless just like men that there was no true equality between men and women and now they have that equality. In time men should act normal and not like idiots. As the young children of today see it they will become used to it and will see nothing to oogle at. In time…in time.