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'Topless New York' Kickstarter Celebrates Top-Free Equality With Photographs (NSFW)

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Summer's approaching and that means maximum beach time. But contrary to popular notion, ladies don't have to decamp to just Fort Tilden if they want to tan in the nude. In fact, women can be topless just about anywhere in the city.

You may not know it, but here in New York state, it's completely legal for women to bare their breasts in public thanks to a 1992 court decision to reverse laws punishing female toplessness because they violated New York's equal protection clauses.

But you wouldn't know that when topless ladies continue to raise eyebrows and famed nudist Holly Van Voast gets ticketed for stripping in Grand Central.

A new Kickstarter campaign called Topless New York is seeking to change that by increasing public awareness and reminding women that they've got every right as their male counterparts to be as topless as they desire.

The campaign hopes to raise funds for an exhibit and book chronicling photographs capturing topless women throughout the city, and hopefully empower women who want to strip to go right ahead and do so.

As Bowery Boogie notes, the project coincidentally follows a 29-year old women's similar quest, as she's been wandering through the East Village for the past two weeks topless.

In 2011, the "Outdoor Co-Ed Topless Pulp Fiction Appreciation Society" also sought to remind New York women to take advantage of the little known law by casually reading books in public parks while topless and loving it.

Check out the group's NSFW photos from the topless reading below:

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