By Soraya Chemaly
By Soraya Chemaly
Residents of New York state: did you know that it is completely legal for women to be topless anywhere a man can be topless? Well, it is. (It is not, however, legal to be completely nude; that goes for both sexes.) Not many people are familiar with New York's toplessness laws, so problems crop up all the time: breastfeeding mothers gets harassed, cops detain topless women before realizing they aren't breaking any laws. The latter happened recently to Moira Johnston, who has made it her personal mission to raise awareness for topless women's rights in NYC. She does so by -- what else? -- walking around the city topless. Watch a (NSFW) video interview with Johnston, via Gothamist, after the jump.
A new report from Human Rights Watch finds that the hundreds of thousands of female immigrant farmworkers in the U.S. face a high risk of sexual violence a lack of government protection. According to HRW, The 95-page report "describes rape, stalking, unwanted touching, exhibitionism, or vulgar and obscene language by supervisors, employers, and others in positions of power. Most farmworkers interviewed said they had experienced such treatment or knew others who had." The report notes that the reauthorization of the watered down Violence Against Women Act will help the situation, but will not go far enough.
By Camille Rivera
Glenn Greenwald's explosive Salon article on Sunday details how the U.S. government repeatedly detained, searched, and harassed Laura Poitras, an Oscar-and Emmy-nominated filmmaker – with no probable cause or even suspicion that Poitras had committed a crime. Not only is the detention, search, and interrogation of an innocent American – who the government does not even suspect committed a crime – completely enraging to any civil libertarian, but I am particularly disconcerted as Poitras has filmed three of my National Security Agency (NSA) clients and no doubt countless other courageous whistleblowers.