A North Carolina state representative, Rep. Rayne Brown – a Republican – has proposed legislation in the form of House Bill 34 which would prohibit women from exposing their breasts in public, according to the Huffington Post on Friday.
If Brown gets what he wants via the passage of the legislation, it would be a Class H felony for anyone to expose external organs of sex and excretion, including the nipple – or any portion of the areola – of the human female breast. He says that why some may see it as frivolous and even funny, there are communities in his state who do not believe the exposure of private parts is a laughing matter.
Brown, a female politician, says that she was partially prompted to propose this bill after the Asheville, North Carolina’s second annual topless protest and women’s rally which occurred last August. At that event, approximately a dozen women protested for women’s equality by baring their breasts.
In response to the pending legislation, Rep. Annie Mobley, a Democrat, is concerned that the law would penalize women for wearing what she referred to as “questionable fashions.” Rep. Tim Moore, another state legislator, said that duct tape fixes everything.