ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Asheville’s long-anticipated “Go Topless Rally” did not generate near the controversy or the crowd expected as it seemed more men than women attended.
Hundreds showed up to the rally in support for women’s rights Sunday, but about 2,000 people attended the event last year.
Organizers said they blame the low turnout on Asheville city leaders who wrote a letter urging people to ignore the rally.
Organizer Donna Newman went topless and said the rally was about gender equality and constitutional rights.
“I shouldn’t have to put my top up because some man might get sexually aroused by it,” she said.
Other cities are also holding topless rallies in support of women’s rights.
Women can legally go topless in North Carolina.