Definitions

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  • noun The state of being topless, the state of not covering one's torso with garments.

Etymologies

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topless +‎ -ness

Examples

  • It might take a little time to get used to but female toplessness is a part of western culture that could and should be changed.

    Support Topless Women

  • It had a lot of the expected Cirque acrobatics, plus a great deal of (female) toplessness.

    Vegas: What I can remember

  • It had a lot of the expected Cirque acrobatics, plus a great deal of (female) toplessness.

    Archive 2009-08-23

  • The double all-terrain sports stroller that the husband brought home yesterday so that the wee ones and I could travel further than three blocks together is missing the infant insert (you know, for inserting infant) and so we are trapped, TRAPPED I TELL YOU, in a miserable vortex of snot and exhaustion and toplessness – all of us – a spiralling vortex of headachey badness that will not stop until the husband comes home.

    Exhausted Mom Miscellany | Her Bad Mother

  • By 1996, however, Jacobs had successfully fought the charges, arguing any law banning female toplessness while granting men the privilege unduly discriminated against women, and toplessness is no longer covered by the ban on public nudity.

    What do conservative Muslims and the Hells Angels have in common? - Canada - Macleans.ca

  • And what erotic treats there are: Apollonia's toplessness, and her lingerie and leather, and her love scene with Prince.

    Clarence Haynes: The Sexy Androgyny of Prince and Purple Rain

  • (Ken Russell thought so, too: his gleefully anachronistic, over-the-top version of the composer in Lisztomania [warning: NSFW backstage toplessness — concert starts at 4: 28 mark] owes as much to Liberace as it does to psychedelic-rock excess.)

    Archive 2007-05-01

  • (Ken Russell thought so, too: his gleefully anachronistic, over-the-top version of the composer in Lisztomania [warning: NSFW backstage toplessness — concert starts at 4: 28 mark] owes as much to Liberace as it does to psychedelic-rock excess.)

    Homage to Walter Busterkeys

  • And that goes for public toplessness and personal beliefs about same-sex marriage, both of which she shares with Barack Obama.

    Phil Bronstein: Miss CA Keeps Crown -- and a More Honest "Gay" Record Than Obama and Crist?

  • And Prince's toplessness, and his blouses and leather, and his grinding and sweat, and almost perpetual aura of androgyny.

    Clarence Haynes: The Sexy Androgyny of Prince and Purple Rain

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  • "He (Cristophe Granger) said: 'In the 1960s and 1970s, toplessness was linked to the women's liberation movement, sexual liberation and a return to nature. Historical feminist writing details how the row over toplessness was a struggle for women to do what they liked with their bodies. What has been projected on to it today are different values, identified, not with equality but desire, sexualisation of the body, voluptuousness and the body perfect.'"

    - Angelique Chrisafis, France falls out of love with topless sunbathing, guardian.co.uk, 22 July 2009.

    July 24, 2009