In this day and age, why is it still a no no for women to go topless?
I always found this law to be puzzling and stupid, especially having gone to beaches abroad that have no problem with women going topless.
Why isn’t this one law American women fight? Is it so ingrained in our society that breasts are just too sexual, too seductive, too scary to be exposed to the masses. People even freak out when a woman breast feeds for gods sake. I think it’s great that some companies have lactation rooms, but why can’t gals just feed their babies in the cafeteria or their cubicles?
We women are outraged over the fact that women make 75 cents on the dollar to men and the lack of women leaders in this country, but no one seems to care that we are denied a basic right that men have — exposing our boobs.
I’m serious folks. A group of transgender men were showing off their new breats at a beach in Rehoboth, DE where my family and I often go.
At first, the life guards there tried to get them to cover up.
This from a local TV station in southern Delaware:
The incident happened near the surf off Queen Street around 4:45 p.m.
“We have like a bit of an odd problem,” the lifeguard reported over the radio. “There are girls on our beach without tops,” he continued. “Well there apparently they are transgender and they have female breasts and a [incomplete sentence]. We tried to tell them to put shirts on and they told us they are transgender so that it’s illegal to discriminate and I just had a problem with it and that’s where we’re at right now,” he added.
A member of the beach patrol reported the incident to a passing police officer who radioed other officers who responded to Queen Street.
The men eventually covered up, but as you can imagine the incident got a lot of attention. After further review of the town ordinance, the authorities found the men were not knocking the law when they uncovered their knockers.(Sorry, couldn’t help myself.)
This from the News Journal in Delaware:
“It is important to say that under Rehoboth law this was not against the law,” Police Chief Keith Banks said. “In this case, they had male genitalia; therefore, they are not guilty of a crime.”
Banks said police only enforce the laws and want to make sure that people who visit the beach are comfortable. Police have not had previous problems with this kind of behavior, and there is no need for a specific law to address it, Banks said.
This is what the law actually says:
§ 198-12 Indecent exposure.
[Amended 8-13-1993 by Ord. No. 893-2]
A. A male is guilty of indecent exposure if he exposes his genitals or buttocks under circumstances which he knows his conduct is likely to cause affront or alarm to another person.
B. A female is guilty of indecent exposure if she exposes her genitals, breasts or buttocks under circumstances which she knows her conduct is likely to cause affront or alarm to another person.
I don’t know about you all, but this bugs me. Why can’t we show off our bosoms? Why is a man with bosoms allowed to show his off?
This seems to be one of the last laws in this country that clearly discriminates against women. This law couldn’t be helping our cause to get a level playing field with men in our careers, in our personal lives, right?