Women in several states can now walk about while topless, due to a recent court decision that many cities aren’t bothering to fight.
A result of the #FreeTheNipple movement, women in Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, New Mexico, Kansas or Oklahoma can now walk the town without a top on, thanks to activists who wanted women to be able to bare as much skin as men.
“Addressing small parts of inequality can make a big difference in how people are treated on a day to day basis, and I thought free the nipple was just one small step closer to how it should be,” said Brit Hoagland, one of two women who filed a lawsuit against the city of Fort Collins.
According to KSBY, attorney Andy McNulty called the law an attack on civil liberties and women’s rights.
“Any law that says, ‘Women are prohibited from,’ is unconstitutional and really just intolerable in a society that should treat women as equal to men,” he said.
With the city of Fort Collins unwilling to take the matter to the Supreme Court, all six states in the 10th District must cease enforcing laws against women going topless in public.
“I think the council as they articulated in their 4-3 vote, really just thought as a matter of priority, no guarantee of success or that the supreme court would even take it up, that the money was just better spent on other city priorities,” said Tyler Marr, deputy director of information for the city of Fort Collins.
It is unknown if any other cities will challenge the ruling.
Some Colorado residents believe that the law is opening the door for trouble, while others believe it is an unfair double standard.
“I guess as a woman, I mean, I do think we deserve equal rights in everything, so I guess that would count too. But I think if women do choose to do that, they might be asking for a little bit of trouble,” said Peg Williams, who lives in Boulder.
For Fort Collins resident George Langel, the ruling raises questions about how showing some sexual organs is okay, while showing others may land a person in trouble with the law.
“Just seems like a contradictory of laws a woman can expose her breasts, but a man can’t go in an alley behind a dumpster and take a pee without coming up on criminal charges,” he said.
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