The Right To Bare Arms, And Then Some

topless beachThe New York City Police Department has reminded its 34,000 officers than women appearing in public “simply exposing their breasts” have committed no crime, according to a report in The New York Times.

New York’s highest court decided in 1992 the law which prohibited females exposing their breasts below the top of the areola violated the equal protection clauses of the Federal and New York Constitutions.  The equal protection clause is part of the 14th amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Topless advocate Moira Johston says that baring breasts is a human rights issue and a health issue.  She says public toplessness would reduce the incidents of breast cancer. (Warning, the link features Johnston speaking topless, which is considered nude in New Jersey, but not in New York.)

New Jersey’s courts have taken a different view of female public toplessness.

In September of 2011 the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court upheld a Spring Lake Borough ordinance that considers female toplessness lewd and indecent.  Affirming a 2001 case, the Court ruled that there is no constitutional right for women to appear topless in public and that and restrictions on the exposure of the female breast are supported by the important governmental interest in safeguarding the public’s moral sensibilities.

As the summer season approaches, female beach goers and roadside rallyers are advised to keep their tops on in New Jersey.

Posted: May 19th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: #STTS, Bayshore Tea Party Group, Crime and Punishment, Equal Protection Clause | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Barnegat Woman Should Have Gone To The Airport

photo credit: elitedaily.com

photo credit: elitedaily.com

A Barnegat women was arrested last week after exposing her breasts to security cameras.

Wendy Tucker, 56, got out of her car and flipped her middle fingers at security cameras before lifting her blouse and exposing her breasts to the cameras, according to the Asbury Park Press.  The cameras were being monitored by police dispatchers.

Tucker was arrested on the strength of a no-bail warrant issued in Atlantic County. She was additionally charged with lewdness. She is being held at the Atlantic County Jail.

The Atlantic County Sheriff’s Department declined to say what the underlying charge for the no-bail warrant is.  The Barnegat Police have yet to respond to the same inquiry.

Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon said that Tucker’s actions were not exactly what he had in mind when he encouraged New Jersey motorists to protest red light cameras.

Posted: March 12th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Asbury Park Press, Atlantic County, Declan O'Scanlon, Traffic Cams, TSA | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Barnegat Woman Should Have Gone To The Airport