Northwest Voices | Letters to the Editor
Jodi Jaecks wins right to swim topless
Fighting for her civil rights
Good on you for Jodi Jaecks [“Cancer survivor fights city, wins right to swim topless,” page one, June 21] for making the front page and standing for your civil right to swim topless after a radical mastectomy.
You are the Rosa Parks of the evergreen city.
— Mark Wilson, Seattle
Awareness should not include nudity
Well, it looks like nudity is OK. The Seattle Parks Department has now decreed it to be so.
My heart goes out to all people who have suffered from debilitating and mutilating illnesses and accidents, but how is going topless “liberating,” how does it make it “easier to deal with” or free a person from “fear of more surgeries” and even better, make it “easier for women to deal with getting breast cancer”?
I believe Jodi Jaecks sums it up in her statement: “stand out and be different.”
So, because of her “cause,” everyone should be treated to her going topless ... that should keep kids up at night.
Breast-cancer awareness has always been treated with dignity, poise, humor, seriousness and togetherness — breast-cancer awareness should not include nudity.
Where will it stop? Would we want to see a man’s genitals so we can become aware of testicular cancer?
After all, let’s keep it fair, especially since “nudity in itself is not illegal.”
— Pam Durant, Redmond