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An advocate fighting for the right for women to go topless is on a hunger strike in a New Jersey jail after refusing to pay a 2008 fine for going topless at a Spring Lake beach.

Phoenix Feeley, 33, has been fighting the case for five years and was ordered to go to jail in the Monmouth County jail in Freehold.

She has been on a hunger strike since Monday.

"State and local laws are all over the map on the issue of women's topless rights," said Nadine Gary, spokesperson for GoTopless.org, a group that claims women have a constitutional right to go topless in public on the basis of gender equality.

"Ms. Feeley won a lawsuit against the New York Police Department in 2007 after being wrongfully arrested for going publicly topless there," Gary said. "She won that round, but another round started after that when she went topless on a beach at Spring Lake."

At Spring Lake, Feeley refused to cover up when police told her to. She was subsequently handcuffed and taken to a psychiatric ward.

She was eventually ordered to pay a $1,400 fine in that case but has refused to do so.

Feeley has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the case.

The GoTopless.org organization will hold its 6th annual GoTopless Day protests on August 25, including an event in Times Square.

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