It can describe a woman who appears, poses, or performs with at least her breasts exposed, such as a "topless model" or "topless dancer", or to an activity undertaken while not wearing a top, such as "topless sunbathing". It may indicate a designated location where one might expect to find women not wearing tops, such as a "topless beach" or "topless bar". It can also be used to describe a garment that is specifically designed to reveal the breasts, such as the "topless swimsuit" also known as the monokini designed by Rudi Gernreich in the s. Because of this, advocates of women's legal right to uncover their breasts wherever men may go bare-chested have adopted the alternative term " topfree ", which is not perceived to have these connotations. Two Wichita Native Americans in summer dress Traditional societies[ edit ] Attitudes towards toplessness have varied considerably across cultures and over time.
In a ruling, the court decided that Laconia's ordinance does not discriminate on the basis of gender or violate the women's right to free speech. Citing rulings by several other courts, Associate Justice Anna Barbara Hantz Marconi wrote that courts "generally upheld laws that prohibit women but not men from exposing their breasts against equal protection challenges. Accordingly, we agree with the trial court that the City had the authority to enact the ordinance. Hicks concluded the ordinance was unconstitutional because it treats men and women differently.