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Free The Nipple: Outrage As Dozens Of Topless Women Gather For Picnic In Brisbane Park

18/01/2016 11:07 GMT | Updated 18/01/2016 11:59 GMT

Dozens of women ditched their bras for a "Free The Nipple picnic" in Australia this weekend, but not everyone was impressed.

The event was organised by friends Zoe Buckley Lennox and Amanda Haworth and took place in Orleigh Park in Brisbane.

The pair initially invited a few friends to the park, but after setting their Facebook event to public, around 50 female Free The Nipple supporters showed up on the day.

The Free The Nipple movement aims to desexualise breasts and questions why it is socially acceptable for men to go shirtless in public, but not women.

While Buckley Lennox, Haworth and their new friends were busy "enjoying the breeze and fighting the patriarchy", the event received a lot of criticism on social media.

Speaking to the Brisbane Times, Buckley Lennox said: "The whole point was just to sit down and eat some cupcakes and do some craft, it was never supposed to be some sort of rally thing, it was never a huge statement, it was just 2016, it is like 30 degrees and I don't want to wear a shirt."

On Reddit, Facebook and Twitter critics questioned the role of the Free The Nipple movement and the picnic itself.

Some argued that it was hypocritical of feminists to host an event around gender equality that was only open to women.

Others stated that women in the Western world are "not oppressed".

According to Daily Mail Australia, on the Facebook event for the picnic (which is no longer available), one person wrote: "What a horrible thing to expose children to and how sad that women feel the need to do these things to get attention.

"If you want to be treated like equals maybe stop doing childish and attention seeking things. Your really just promoting pornography more than anything [sic]."

Buckley Lennox has said she is not surprised that their picnic attracted so many negative comments.

"It really highlights how backwards some people's minds are when it comes to this. It is 2016, it is completely unequal when we are unable to be topless in public when men have that privilege," she said.

"The laws are really reflective of that patriarchal society that we live in."

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