The issue of New Hampshire women going topless in public has now reached the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee in the form of a bill banning such conduct.
It turns out, there wasn't a bill banning women from going upper-deck nude, which all came to the forefront last year when some ardent "Free the Nipple" campaigners pressed their luck on the issue. The campaign "argues for female toplessness to be permissible in all areas that men and boys are allowed to be topless, as well as opposing social media censorship. The movement aims to advance gender equality and to oppose Sexual objectification."
That's right, they want to oppose sexual objectification by having women walk around with their boobs out for men to stare directly at instead of just picturing what they look like while pretending to listen.
According to the UnionLeader, two women cited for going topless at the Gilford town beach last September took their case to court and won. The judge observed that state law does not prohibit toplessness, and dismissed the charges.
If the anti-upper-deck nudity law passes it would be a misdemeanor for women to show or expose their bare breasts and nipples with "reckless disregard" for those around them. This would exclude mother's who are breastfeeding.
The bill's sponsor, Rep. Brian Gallagher, told the legislative committee on Monday, "It's a shame that some folks are more concerned with exposing their breasts in public places than they are concerned about how families and children may be impacted by being forced to experience this evolving societal behavior. This is about a movement to change the values of New Hampshire society."
Republican state Rep. Peter Spanos of Winnisquam, a co-sponsor of the bill, said it was time to draw a line. “A stand should be made. We should address this issue now before we see further erosion of behavior ... Once the genie is out of the bottle, we can’t put it back in.”
But this didn't sit well the women and liberals who believe that males and a females are exactly the same despite all evidence to the contrary. Gilles Bissonnette, legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire, believes that, "This bill is intended to perpetuate traditional gender roles, and tell women what they can and can’t do with their own bodies."
Huffpo notes that,
Opponents of the bill say the law would create disparities between men and women. One New Hampshire resident told the AP the proposed law would be regressive and would take away rights women in the state already had.
"We are not lunatics, we are not radical, we're not looking to go to football games topless or libraries or school meetings," Kari Stephens told the AP. "If there is a man in a public space who is obviously comfortable enough, then why should I not have that same right?"
Opponents of the legislation argued that it was unnecessary and discriminatory, because it penalizes women for something men are free to do.
Exit thought from a prominent truth-telling lawyer...
#FeelTheBern is this year's #FreeTheNipple