About forty protesters, both men and women, marched through downtown San Antonio Sunday afternoon as part of what was called 'Go Topless Day,' Newsradio 1200 WOAI reports.

  The women who were leading the march said the goal is gender equality.


  "What this is about is gender equality in all matters governed by civil law," one protester told Newsradio 1200 WOAI's Stephanie Narvaez.

  The women say it is a violation of the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution to allow men to appear in public bare chested while women face arrest if they do the exact same thing.

  "In any public space where a man is allowed to walk around without a shirt, a woman should be allowed to do the same," the protester said.  "It is a violation of the Constitution to do otherwise, to be honest."


  Some men participated in the protest, by wearing bikini tops over their chests.

  There were no arrests, because the women weren't exactly topless.  They wore thin strips of red tape over their nipples.  Otherwise, they would have been in violation of a city anti nudity ordinance, which the women say is also unconstitutional.

  The women say they also want to 'desexualize' breast feeding.

  The women say they'll be back to protest again in San Antonio next year.  They say they hold 'Go Topless Day' every August on the Sunday that is the closest to Women's Equality Day, which is August 26.