MONTREAL - A UFO-based religion called Raelianism, whose followers believe that life on Earth was created by an alien science experiment, was behind a rally on Sunday to protest the stigma of women going topless in public.
There were about two dozen women at the protest, along with several shirtless men showing support by wearing bras.
Onlookers taking cellphone pictures of the topless women outnumbered protesters.
Go Topless Day was founded in 2007 by Rael, the spiritual leader of the Raelians, and Sunday’s event was the second Go Topless rally in Montreal.
"As long as men are allowed to be topless in public,” Rael says on the GoTopless.org website, “women should have the same constitutional right. Or else, men should have to wear something to hide their chests."
“It’s a question of discrimination,” said Sylvie Chabot, a Raelian priest who is the Canadian co-ordinator of the Go Topless movement. “Why do we ask about women and not men?”
According to Chabot, there is currently no official law on the books banning women from being topless.
“We want to have this taboo disappear,” Chabot said. “Women have been oppressed for decades.”