Canadian exhibitonism dating
Jacob stated she did it because men were doing it and she wanted to draw attention to the double standard. In her defence she argued that breasts were merely fatty tissue. She commented, "Undoubtedly, most women would not engage in this conduct for there are many who believe that deportment of this nature is tasteless and does not enhance the cause of women.
In finding her guilty, the judge stated that breasts were "part of the female body that is sexually stimulating to men both by sight and touch," and therefore should not be exposed. Equally undoubtedly, there are men today who cannot perceive of woman's breasts in any context other than sexual.
A bylaw in the municipality of Maple Ridge stated "females over the age of 8 years shall fully cover all portions of their nipples and aureole with opaque apparel".
On July 1, 1997, Linda Meyer went to the swimming pool in the bottom half of her bikini.
The Ontario Government decided not to appeal the case to the Supreme Court of Canada, and thus it has remained the prevailing interpretation of the Criminal Code in Ontario. Jacob has been cited in similar decisions in other provinces and by the Supreme Court of Canada in R. The decision by the Ontario Government not to appeal to the Supreme Court was based on the likelihood that the court would not grant leave.
The Court found the baring of her breasts was not harmful to anyone.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.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.
Although this too was dropped, a bylaw specifically prohibiting top-free swimming was passed.