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article imageGroups Seek Bare-Breasted Equal Rights and Nudity Laws Changed

By Carol Forsloff     May 29, 2009 in Lifestyle
The ACLU and Topfree are two organizations seeking to change public nudity laws. The ACLU doesn’t want people to be declared sex offenders for being publicly nude, and TopFree believes women should have equal rights to bare their breasts.
The action by the ACLU took place following the arrest of approximately a dozen people who ran down Boulder's industrial mall naked in 2008. They were subsequently faced the problem of having to register as sex offenders . They were all ticketed with indecent exposure charges. Most however pleaded guilty only to disorderly conduct. In 2007 60 cyclists biked nude also in Boulder as a protest against oil burning cars.
The ACLU put together a public forum called make it in Boulder to discuss whether or not naked cyclists and streakers should be classified as sex offenders. The district attorney of Boulder, Stan Garnett, address the problem by saying that his office would just deal with the cases individually.
The ACLU is not the only organization going to bat for nudists or what is called nudity under the law. Many states forbid women to be bare-breasted publicly. A group called Topfree advocates for the rights of women who want to go topless and are harassed or otherwise cited for doing so. recognizing that in most jurisdictions in North America toplessness in public is illegal Topfree’s mission is to give women equal rights when it comes to bearing their chests publicly. This is their stated mission: “ Our basic claim is that women deserve equal rights. We do not suggest that women or men should go about with bare breasts. That is every individual's decision. We do believe that since men may choose to do so in many situations women must also be able to at the least in the same situations. Without penalty of any kind. “Theirs is a somewhat different mission, but it still is asking that there be adjustments to the law, because they do not see being bare-breasted as nudity.
Given the recent brouhaha over Carrie Prejean, the new Miss America with topless photos , it will be interesting to find out what the ACLU accomplishes in their quest to decriminalize nudity. This latest discussion, and decision by Donal Trump to allow Ms. Prejean to retain her title, reflects the fact that glamor photos are accepted for bare breasts. Whether the same practice would be accepted would be another matter; hence the issue of re-examining what is nudity under the law.
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