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Exposing confidence and equality


A few weeks back I was added into a social media group promoting body positivity in women by a Facebook friend. The group is moderated by none other than Swan Valley export Terri Hofford, who runs a very successful photography studio in Winnipeg that focuses on boudoir style photography to help women build self esteem.
While I don’t really know Terri personally, we have had the opportunity to interview her here at the Star and Times and her colourful personality and heart of gold shines through in the way she talks and the passion she has for making every woman feel their very best.
In the time since joining this group I have had the opportunity to watch many women of all shapes and sizes feel empowered by each others stories and embrace their insecurities, showing courage where they were afraid previously. These women are wearing clothing they didn’t feel comfortable in before, sharing advice on how to handle their inner turmoil and even recognizing negativity coming from others and guiding them to a more positive view.
It has been amazing and very touching to see. It has also been every eye opening to realize that no matter what our size or shape we all have insecurities. While I might look at one woman and envy her body shape, that same woman might look in the mirror and hate what she sees.
It was through this group that I also learned that it is perfectly legal for a woman in Manitoba to walk around topless, completely bare to the world. While this was news to me, it has been a law for quite some time.
After doing some research I also discovered, like almost everything else, there is a day to celebrate this... freedom. GoTopless Day falls precisely on Women's Equality Day, this Saturday (Aug 26).
The annual event was established in 2007 by an American organization founded in Nevada. To promote gender equality, the event encourages women to go topless in public, and men to cover their chests by wearing brassieres or bikinis.
Being a Canadian, I appreciate that this celebratory holiday falls during a warmer weather season even though it is highly unlikely that I will be taking part in the festivity.
On a final note, while doing research on the subject I found some interesting laws about nudity in Canada. But, our neighbours immediately to the west took the cake for the most puzzling.
It seems that Saskatchewan holds the title for Canada’s most restrictive nude entertainment laws. The Wheat province has a blanket ban on stripping unless done for charity or community benefit. Perhaps an idea for those looking for the next great community fundraising idea?