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.
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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.
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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.
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So I've never understood the association of nudity with obscenity.
This is a good development. I really don't think it will result in a lot of women running around topless. But it might start causing some very evil minded people from calling the cops every time a woman breast feeds or has a wardrobe slip.
Men don't have breasts. Women .. wait a minute. There's a difference! Gender-equality was supposed to be about opportunities- not pretending that the sexes are the same. The law is moronic. Bare chested men do not make half the public crazy.
A woman's body has enormous power over men. And her face. ("The face that launched a thousand ships" - refers to the female face). This law was pushed through by the dyke contingent backed by the usual leftist operatives that chip away at every traditional value in western society.
Thank you for the reply. You are absolutely correct in your statements regarding rights and opinions. Would you do me the favor of responding to the term "gender hypocrisy"? That was, after all, the subject of my posting regarding NYPD policy.
The question (perhaps too difficult to discern) was and is: why are female breasts obscene and male breasts not?
By painting verbal pictures for you to make my point I apparently touched a personal nerve. Please accept my apology,
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Let me emphasize, I do not wish you to become a diabetic! Instead I wish you a long and productive life disease free. Even this is a digression from the challenge I issued to posters large and small alike: "Why is the female breast obscene in much of America when gross male morbid obesity is not? Is this not a symptom of misguided concerns? Let's not forget that the subject of the article that queued my posting was the NYPD policy on bare female tops in public, or at least NY public.
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Be well Wobster109
As an artist I've been struck by the gender hypocrisy of society and question its origins.
I've wanted to stage a public sampling of what constitutes obscenity.
I propose displaying two life size photos side by side, one of an undraped female torso and the other a male torso taken from the TV program Biggest Loser. Public participation would consist of voting by dropping a card in a ballot box on either side of the photos.
Anyone with an opinion could vote.
My personal opinion is that a morbidly obese man with fat bags hanging from his body is obscene while a female torso of average weight is simply not. What makes a body obscene, male or female, is not the presence of nipples on breasts but rather the presence of copious sagging sacks of blubber. One is the actual representation of the natural human form, the other represents what food abuse and gluttony the body owner has elected to permit. Nipples are not, by themselves obscene, male or female. The obscenity is the fat, Male or female.
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