NC bill could mean prison time for topless women
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By MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press
Rep. Rayne Brown, R-Davidson, is proposing a bill to make it a felony - A FELONY!- for any woman to expose, intentionally or otherwise, a "nipple, or any portion of the areola."
But what if it's an accidental "wardrobe malfunction" or "nip-slip?'
Democratic state Rep. Annie Mobley said she worried that women wearing "questionable fashions” could be prosecuted under the new rules.
But Committee Chairwoman Rep. Sarah Steven (R) suggested that women could use pasties or nipple coverings just to be safe.
“They’d be good to go” with nipple coverings, Stevens said.
"You know what they say, duct tape fixes everything," Republican state Rep. Tim Moore agreed.
Ooh, good one!
Much better that women put duct tape on their breastseses than to take a chance that someone might accidentally see a nipple!
Rep. Rayne Brown, R-Davidson, knows all too well that House Bill 34, her bill defining women’s nipples as indecent, has been the punchline of many a joke this session.
“We’ve had the most fun with this bill for about the past week and a half, and that’s OK. You need to laugh sometimes,” she told the House Judiciary C Committee. “But there are communities across this state, there’s local governments across this state, and also local law enforcement for whom this issue is really not a laughing matter.”
That's right, this is NO LAUGHING MATTER for municipalities that have been struck with the scourge of visible baby-feeding parts! Oh, the horror!
But clearly falls within the borders of her beeswax!
My God, people must have been terrified!
Many cities have local ordinances barring women from going topless, but Asheville does not.
I've been to Asheville, and I'm not surprised. It seems like a minding tour own business kind of town. Plus it's too damn cold for toplessness to be much of an issue.
Brown said a blanket solution is needed to give law enforcement officers statewide the clear authority to make arrests when nipples are exposed.
I don't see how we can expect to be taken seriously as a society when we are so clearly terrified of boobs. If you don't want to see them, look away. It's not like there are topless women all around, I would venture to guess that there are very very few women who are at all interested in being topless in public. If you happen to run across one who is and the sight of her mammaries is that offensive to you, it doesn't take that much effort to look in another direction. Jeez!
Of course, what Ms Brown, Ms Stephens and the other Republicans who passed this bill through committee may be worried about is ending up looking like this: