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So, About that Alien-Affiliated Topless Movement

So, About that Alien-Affiliated Topless Movement: Photo by J.D. Thompson

Photo by J.D. Thompson

It all started with several dozen bare-chested women parading down Broadway Avenue in New York City last August. Those free spirits marched down one of the world’s most prominent thoroughfares with a message: “Free your breasts! Free your mind!” – or so read the placards they carried. Women and men in other cities marched in solidarity.

While some enjoyed the display, the event incurred the ire of others – especially many of New York’s city fathers, including Mayor Bill de Blasio and police commissioner Bill Bratton. Even New York’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo stooped from important state business to offer comment.

A 61-year-old former bartender from the Copacabana, Sandy Belzer, was quoted by the Associated Press saying he’d seen it all and asked a question that passed through the minds of many onlookers: “What’s ‘equality for breasts’”?

Good question, Mr. Belzer. I’ve endeavored to find the answer, and here’s what I learned about the organization sponsoring that topless march.

First, I went to the website printed on the demonstrators’ placards: www.gotopless.org. This organization is not to be confused with Free the Nipple, which is a completely different group of people. For a bunch of activists, I was surprised to find very little by way of a stated mission on gotopless.org. Then I followed the site’s affiliate links and found three organizations listed.

The first is TERA, a Canadian-based organization dedicated to promoting nudism. When you follow the link to the TERA website, however, you are taken to a strange domain that appears to have been developed in the 1990s where the administrator seems to simply repost photos of topless women from the web.

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Photo via Topfree Equal Rights Association

The second affiliate is “Nipsies,” described by gotopless.org as a “company that makes latex nipples, official supplier of gotopless.org.” But when you follow this link you’re taken to a godaddy.com page that says “This domain name expired on 8/9/2015 and is pending renewal or deletion.”

The third affiliate listed at gotopless.org is the “Raelian Movement, “ described as a “Philosophy embracing nudity and freedom of expression.”

OK.

Convinced there must be more to the story behind GoTopless.org, I kept searching the site. Toward the bottom of every page there’s a sort of ad for “Recommended Reading.” Oddly, there was only one link to a single free ebook by an author called Rael, the founder of the Raelian Movement.

The blurb about the book was intriguing: “Read for yourself the message for humanity that was given to Rael during his UFO encounters of 1973!”

At this point I thought to myself, “Wait. What happened to equality for breasts? What the hell does going topless have to do with UFO encounters from the early 1970s?” I had to know more, so I clicked the link for the download.

Again, I was taken to the website for the Raelian movement, and there I downloaded the book and started reading. What I found was some very disturbing dense New Age philosophy explaining that there is no god, and that mankind, or should I say a certain portion of humans, were brought to earth by an advanced alien race.

In short, it is a sci-fi rehashing of a late 19th century occult view of reality promoted by Helena Blavatsky, a Russian-born mystic who claimed to have psychically accessed ancient Hindu knowledge that would become the basis of a New Age movement known as Theosophy. According to Blavatsky, an ancient race known as the Hyperborean was once imbued with mystical and psychical powers, but according to Theosophists, this race lost its powers through interbreeding with animals.

Blavatsky claimed that the modern race most closely related to these ancient “giants” were the Aryans of Europe. Unsurprisingly, Theosophy would later inspire the intellectual movement that birthed Nazism in Europe. These themes were later built on by other occultists such as René Guénon, Julius Evola (an ardent Nazi supporter who survived until 1974) and Robert Charroux, who all remained sympathetic to Nazi racial theories long after WWII. What set Charroux’s interpretation of Blavatsky’s Hyperborean myth apart was his science-fictionesque hypothesis that the Aryans’ Hyperborean ancestors did not hail from the far northern regions of the earth but, rather, were an extraterrestrial race of “ancient astronauts.”

What was of particular interest is that the ebook offered at gotopless.org preaches a very strange blend of Charroux’s spin on Blavatsky coupled with a very similar but lesser known book from the 1950s inspired by Theosophic teachings, The Lightning and the Sun. That book was written by a woman named Maximiani Julia Portas under the pseudonym Savitri Devi.

While maintaining the veneer of a New Age mystic interested in Guénon’s European occultist interpretation of Hinduism, Devi became an ardent supporter of the Nazis in 1928. She continued to work closely with Nazi ideologues throughout WWII, including high-ranking members of Hitler’s SS.

In her book The Lightening and the Sun, Devi offers a pseudo-Hindu defense of Adolf Hitler, whom she calls “the child of light” and says was motivated by the highest form of love. In Rael’s book, Lucifer “the light bearer” is said to have played a similar role, but where Rael’s “light bearer” Lucifer creates man, Devi’s “child of light” gives mankind a second life through the message of Nazism. Rael also employs Devi’s use of Indian terms when she describes the infamous black-clad Nazi paramilitary organization responsible for the extermination camps. Devi writes:

“S.S. men — the real ones — élite of the privileged Nation out of which Adolf Hitler tried to make a Nation “against Time,” — are Aryan warriors “Kshattriyas” of the West.”

The ebook at gotopless.org omits any direct reference to Hitler or Nazism, but the key concepts are essentially the same and reflect a more contemporary and politically correct hybrid version of Devi and Charroux’s works.

But surely there’s some mistake. I can’t believe that the women parading down Broadway were part of some crypto-occultist movement.

RELATED: FREE THE NIPPLE – FOR THE ALIENS

I decided to try to reach out to the people running gotopless.org but found no phone number or e-mail – just a contact form. I wrote them using the form and got no response. I did, however, find a physical address, so I Googled it.

4012 S Rainbow Blvd Suite K-401
Las Vegas NV 89103

What I found were several businesses operating from this address. The first is “Clitoraid,” an organization that claims to be raising money for doctors to “assist in providing clitoral repair surgery for many women in France and the United States” who have been victims of female genital mutilation. In addition, the group claims to be building a “Pleasure Hospital” in Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso, where “we will enable local women and women of West Africa to have the procedure for free since too many women cannot afford this surgery.”

The site also offers clitoris inspired merch like the Clitoring, a “handcrafted” silver band shaped like…well, you know what it’s shaped like. Sounds benevolent enough and, without a closer look at their accounting books, I’ll take them at the word.

The second business was far more disturbing.

It’s called Pro-Swastika, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the rehabilitation of the symbol made infamous by the Nazis. Now if you take the people at Pro-Swastika – the Rael Movement – at face value, they have a point; the swastika symbol predates its use by the Nazis by several thousand years. But the ideology put forward in the free ebook by “Rael” and the particular use of thick black lines facing clockwise is quite reminiscent of Hitler’s hysterical ideology and one of the darkest periods in world history.

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Last year the Raelian Movement flew a banner from an airplane over New York and New Jersey featuring a strange sort of algebraic message featuring a theosophical symbol followed by a Nazi-style swastika, plus a peace sign that equals a heart design.

So, here’s what we’re left with. The group that backed the topless march down Broadway is also raising funds for clitoral repair and building a “Pleasure Hospital” in West Africa. How does that fit in with alien encounters, theosophy and aerial banners waving the world’s most infamous hate symbol? I’m still working on that piece of the puzzle. ¬

After sending messages to the Rael group’s non-profit at proswastika.org, I still haven’t gotten a response. Maybe this is all cynical theatrics designed for media manipulation by a group of unscrupulous profiteers. Maybe not. But until there are some definitive answers for how UFO encounters, topless women and flying swastikas over the world’s largest community of Holocaust survivors makes any coherent sense, as much as I may love freely displayed ta-tas, I’m not clicking the gotopless.org “donate” button.

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