North Carolina introduces a bill that would criminalize nipple exposure.
State representatives introduced House Bill 34 that would prohibit women from showing too much of their “private area.”
The proposed legislation would make it a Class H felony to expose “external organs of sex and of excretion, including the nipple, or any portion of the areola, of the human female breast.”
According to Rep. Rayne Brown, the bill may sound frivolous and even funny, however, he says there are communities in the state that feel strongly about the issue.
Brown, who co-sponsored the bill, was prompted to propose the new bill by Asheville’s second annual topless protest last August.
The topless protest drew around a dozen women, who all bared their breasts to “promote women’s equality.”
Penalties stated in the proposed bill could range from a 30-day sentence for “more mundane” exposure to six months in prison for showing errant aerola, which is basically a nip-slip.
Breastfeeding is an exemption.
What do you think of this bill? Should it pass?