On June 12, 2005 Lorien Bourne of Bowling Green, Ohio carried out an act of civil disobedience. Her act took place on Bowling Greenís Slippery Elm Trail. Unlike more publicized acts, like sitting a tree slated for demolition, Lorienís act was not so predictable and etched into the publicís mind. Lorienís removal of her shirt served as the actís focal point. As Lorien explained, in a recent interview: ďI did an act of civil disobedience; challenging the double standards, protesting the selective enforcement of the laws, the societal sexualization of women and the control of womenís bodies by men.Ē And indeed her act was neither arbitrary nor unprovoked. Rather, the presence of unclothed men on the Slippery Elm Trail inspired her action. Like many acts of civil disobedience, Lorienís act attracted the attention of those in positions to enforce rules.
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