Now this started out as a gender equity thing, ya know "why can men be topless but, not women" ? sadly these protesters neglected to research Maine's nudity laws which PERMIT nudity that does not include genitalia. DOH ! well don't watch this if you are offended by nudity also be warned that many of these protesters are REAL women with REAL bodies(ie not swimsuit models) but it does degenerate into an impromptu photo shoot for one of the prettier girls... I guess we all learned something !
The Kanamara Matsuri (Festival of the Steel Phallus, かなまら祭り?) is an annual Shinto fertility festival held in Kawasaki, Japan in spring. The exact dates vary: the main festivities fall on the first Sunday in April. The penis forms the central theme of the event that is reflected everywhere—in illustrations, candy, carved vegetables, decorations, and a mikoshi parade.
The Kanamara Matsuri is centered around a local penis-venerating shrine once popular among prostitutes who wished to pray for protection against sexually transmitted diseases. It is said that there are divine protections also in business prosperity and the clan's prosperity, easy delivery, marriage, and married couple harmony. There is also a legend of a sharp-toothed demon that hid inside the vagina of a young girl and castrated two young men on their wedding nights (vagina dentata). As a result, the young girl sought help with a blacksmith, who fashioned an iron phallus to break the demon's teeth, leading to the enshrinement of the item.