Susan Rowbottom says she was at a local beach last week, sunbathing without a top on, when an RCMP officer approached her and told her to cover up. Rowbottom said she did as she was told at the time, though she was fairly certain it was legal for both men and women to be bare-chested in public.
After confirming with city staff and the local RCMP detachment, Rowbottom said her understanding of the law was correct.
“Hopefully this comes to the RCMP’s attention that they can’t enforce laws that don’t exist,” she told CBC’s Radio West…
Rowbottom says there were no children around when she was at the beach last week, and no one had complained. However, if there had been a family feeling uneasy and wanting her to cover up, she would have done so out of respect.
Still, Rowbottom wants to normalize the baring of breasts in public.
“I think if men can be topless, women should be able to be topless,” she said. “Our society is changing and evolving and I’d like to move forward with that.”