Canadian exhibitonism dating
Jacob's victory is now celebrated annually in Guelph.Despite this, women still faced discrimination in public facilities.It is important to reaffirm that the Canadian standards of tolerance test does not rely upon these attitudes for its formulation.I have no doubt that, aside from their personal opinions of this behaviour, the majority of Canadians would conclude that it is not beyond their level of tolerance." Jacob was acquitted on December 9, 1996, by the Ontario Court of Appeal on the basis that the act of being topless is not in itself a sexual act or indecent.Topfreedom in Canada has largely been an attempt to combat the interpretation of indecency laws that considered a woman's breasts to be indecent, and therefore their exhibition in public an offence.In British Columbia, it is a historical issue dating back to the 1930s and the public protests against materialistic lifestyle held by the radical religious sect of the Freedomites, whose pacifist beliefs led to their exodus from Russia to Canada at the end of the 19th century.The court held that "there was nothing degrading or dehumanizing in what the appellant did.The scope of her activity was limited and was entirely non-commercial.
Eventually her efforts led to a new bylaw allowing top-free swimming.
In 1991, toplessness as an indecent act was challenged in Guelph, Ontario, by Gwen Jacob, who removed her shirt and was charged with indecency.
Part of her defense was the double standards between men and women.
In 2000 a similar case to Jacob's resulted in acquittal.
Linda Meyer, a top-free activist inspired by the Gwen Jacob case, appeared in a number of public venues topless.