Back in November 2015, the Municipality of Fort Collins in the state of Colorado passed an ordinance that banned girls and women older than nine from exposing their breasts in public unless they were breastfeeding. They justified the ban with an explanation that allowing females to publicly expose their breasts would likely cause distraction among drivers and pedestrians.
But in May 2016, the law was quickly challenged in court by the activist group Free the Nipple who believe barring women from showing their breasts in public is unconstitutional. Therefore who staged multiple protests throughout the city gathering topless in public spots.
Free the Nipple founder, Brittany Hoagland, and member Samantha Six filed for a preliminary injunction “alleging that the public nudity ordinance was one of the most restrictive and discriminatory against women in the city. The group explained that if the law was fair, it should have banned both genders from exposing their breasts in public.
When they presented the facts of the case before the court, District Judge R. Brooke Jackson granted a preliminary injunction on ordinance No. 134. and ruled that the law is discriminatory against women, as well as perpetuating stereotypes that sexualized female breasts.
The court stated that the primary difference between male and female breasts is the ability to breastfeed. Although the court noted the physical differences between the two, it stipulated that it was not enough to warrant different treatment from the government.
In his ruling, Jackson wrote: “I find that the ordinance discriminates against women based on the generalized notion that, regardless of a woman’s intent, the exposure of her breasts in public (or even in her private home if viewable by the public) is necessarily a sexualized act. Thus, it perpetuates a stereotype ingrained in our society that female breasts are primarily objects of sexual desire whereas male breasts are not.”
Although this is not the final ruling of the case, Jackson wrote that he granted the injunction in part because he believes he will ultimately find that the ordinance passed by the city violated the Equal Protection Clause.
He stated: “The Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment bars state governmental entities from discriminating between the sexes unless they have an ‘exceedingly persuasive justification’ for doing so. In this case, Fort Collins has on the books an ordinance that on its face discriminates against women.”
As a female just because displaying my breasts in public is not illegal doesn’t mean we will display my breasts in public! Our lives should be governed by a much higher law than the imperfect laws of man. We should hold our self to a much higher standard than this.
So, we don’t need to see people walking around half naked. The way people dress is already exposing them in ways we would prefer not looking at. Our society is going down a very slippery slope. If for no other reason, we need to protect our children from such sleaze. Next thing we will see is complete nakedness in both sexes. Can’t anyone see that if they are covered, it leaves a lot to the imagination? Even Adam and Eve looked for something to cover themselves with.
What is your opinion? Do you support this?
Natalie D. is an American conservative writer! Natalie has described herself as a polemicist who likes to “stir up the pot,” and does not “pretend to be impartial or balanced, as broadcasters do,” drawing criticism from the left, and sometimes from the right. As a passionate journalist, she works relentlessly to uncover the corruption happening in Washington.She is a “constitutional conservative”.