Marilyn traveled from Asheville, North Carolina to make a statement. She made that statement with her hand-lettered sign, her enormous pink sunglasses, and her bare breasts.

She is hard to miss. I catch a glimpse of her out the corner of my eye as I sit on the park bench across from the White House eating my California Club sandwich. Protestors come to Washington in all shapes and sizes,  but this was the first time I'd seen a half naked woman in Lafayette Park. 

I walk over to hear her story. She is eager to tell it to anyone who comes by. She wants me to know that her name is Marilyn, named for Marilyn Monroe. That she and her husband came up from Asheville yesterday to mark the anniversary of the 19th amendment, when women finally got the right to vote. August 26th, 1920. She said she was there to meet up with hundreds of women yesterday who would take off their shirts in celebration and solidarity.

But you know that rain you all had here yesterday? Well, they all left! Can you believe that? 

She tells me how bad it will be for women if President Obama isn't re-elected. As if on cue, she turns toward the White House and waves and thanks him again for allowing her to have all the rights she has now.

I ask her if I can take a picture of her for my blog. She lowers the sign, and poses with her breasts in full view. I tell her it's fine to leave the sign up where it was, but she insists.

As long as you are not writing anything derogatory about me, I don't mind my breasts showing in the picture. I take two photographs of her, and choose the one where she is partially covered. I tell her the internet is a weird place, and just because my intentions are good, someone else's might not be.

She talks a little more about women's struggles, how hard it will be for women with a Republican in the White House, and how she'll probably do a little shopping in Georgetown when she is done here.

I thank her, and tell her I appreciate her effort.

With her pink oversized sunglasses, her mismatched socks, and her bare breasts in front of the White House, I can't help but think that somewhere, Alice Paul, Susan B. Anthony, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton are thanking her too.

 

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Comment by Joan H on August 27, 2012 at 6:27pm

Marilyn is waiting for someone to read this!

Comment by Jenny on August 27, 2012 at 7:10pm

I've been jonesing for a pair of pink sneakers,

Comment by Jenny on August 27, 2012 at 7:11pm

or maybe that's jonesen

Comment by lorianne on August 28, 2012 at 8:59am

Marilyn rocks!

i bet lots of people see only the socks & sunglasses (and yes, of course the breasts) and instantly think "crazy lady". but i can imagine that was thought of Alice Paul, Susan B. Anthony, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton in their time too.

and i'm glad you spoke with her, cuz she sure doesnt sound the least bit crazy to me.  yayyy marilyn!

Comment by Rodney Roe on August 28, 2012 at 10:44am

My kinda woman.  Seriously, Asheville is full of wonderful people like Marilyn.

Comment by Emily Conyngham on August 28, 2012 at 10:44am

This Marilyn has style and gumption. Joanie, you have got an awesome place to have lunch.

Comment by Joan H on August 28, 2012 at 11:00am

I've been taking full advantage of my time before I am working more hours after Labor Day. The park across from the White House is one of my favorite places to hang. I'm sure I won't feel the same way of Romney is elected...

Comment by Hyblaean~ Julie on August 28, 2012 at 11:26am

Brave soul- echoing the go Marilyn!

Comment by Rodney Roe on August 28, 2012 at 11:48am

Maybe some of you of the fairer sex can explain going topless as a means of expression.  Here is seems to have been celebration.  I saw a group of Lesbian women on Jackson Square in N.O.,LA doing it as an act of protest.  Mia Hamm might have done it in her victory run if several billion eyes hadn't been watching.

Comment by Joan H on August 28, 2012 at 11:53am

Rodney, Marilyn told me that for her, it was a statement of equality. She said her husband has bigger breasts than she does, but if he's hot, he can take his shirt off, while in most cities/states, she cannot. 

It may seem like a small thing, but Marilyn wants equality in EVERYTHING!! :)

And by the way, it is not illegal for women to go topless in Washington, D.C. (Or Asheville, she told me.)

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