Topless women in public not breaking the law, says NYPD
Police memo says breast exposure is not considered public lewdness, indecent exposure or disorderly conduct.
Women of New York, it’s OK to let the girls loose.
In February, New York City’s 34,000 police officers received a rather unusual memo: For “simply exposing their breasts in public,” women are guilty of no crime, reports The New York Times.
The police officers were ordered that, should they encounter a bare-bosomed woman walking in public, they should not arrest her. In fact, should a crowd form around a topless woman, officers are to “give a lawful order to disperse the entire crowd and take enforcement action” against those who do not comply, says an official memorandum included in a federal lawsuit filed this week by Holly Van Voast. Van Voast, a Bronx photographer and performing artist, is known for stripping naked in Times Square, Grand Central Station and outside a Hooters restaurant in Midtown.
More from MSN Living: Live happier on the money you have
The decision that it’s perfectly legal for both a woman and a man to bare one’s chest in public comes after more than two decades of proceedings and protests fighting for equal rights to be shirtless.
More from MSN Living: 5 fashion rules you should break
No one bats an eye at a bare-chested guy, so why is a topless woman in public so scandalous?
Read the complete story at The New York Times here.
Tell us: What do you think about this decision?
More from Daily Dose:
Photo: Still of the 2012 Go Topless Day Rally in New York City (JoseKickaha1 via YouTube)
I am a woman and am soooo tired of these women libbers going around saying anything a man can do I can do. REALLY??????? To the men of the world. Please accept my apology. Now I understand why so many of you are confused as what what role yall really play. I would be confused too. Just my opinion.
Only a hundred and fifty years or so ago it was scandalous if a lady happened to expose so much as her ankle. Now our social mores have changed and women's breasts are exposed somewhere daily in public venues all over the country. If it is not the so called "wardrobe malfunctions" and "nip slips" that garner so much free publicity all one has to do is turn on their pay TV service to HBO or Showtime and they will see way more than a bare breast.
The selfies that many celebrity ladies are posting are far more scandalous than a lady who happens to be walking through Central Park topless or perhaps nursing her child on a bench by the water front somewhere. I am a seventy year old nudist and for me the human body is nothing to be ashamed of or embarrassed about at any age so I have always had a kind of contempt for the so called moral objections to nudity.
To be completely honest people who dress in very provocative attire that is designed to tease and titillate are clearly sending a sexual message that comes across very blatantly whereas someone who happens to be totally nude is just totally nude. There is really very little sexuality attributed to it. When old time burlesque succumbed to the completely nude strip places many complained that it had lost its seductiveness and charm. To some extent I have to agree.
inspire: live a better life
Use these bucket-list ideas to enjoy the little time you have left.
Study points to benefits of improved living conditions.
Don’t leave home without these must-have items.
Handshakes spread 20 times more germs, study says.
Drowning in debt? Maybe there's a silver lining.
“But it’s not real life, you know. It’s a vacation.”
Our list of must-dos before hitting the road.
Summer traditions can be great, but if you’re on year six of packing the same people into the same car to go on the same vacation, it’s time to switch things up. Surfing in Portugal, perhaps – or cycling through Northern Ireland. We've put together a list of 15 places well off the beaten path that you should go to when you're ready to try something new.
Grab a sleeping bag and head out to one of these amazing campsites.
A dozen adventures that are well worth the trip.
Paper downplays the significance of practice over raw talent.
Survey says American teens aren't great at complex or basic financial tasks.