I have a few concerns after reading the Jan. 31 mountainx.com article, “Moffitt Proposes Ban on Public Female Toplessness.” (See http://avl.mx/qi.)
To Rep. Tim Moffitt and all those he represents, especially Mayor Terry Bellamy and all Asheville City Council members who signed the letter asking people to avoid a rally:
First of all, with all of the present problems in our culture, why is a woman's body a priority on your crime agenda? We all have nipples. We see them every day that we look at ourselves. How can you justify the time and efforts to put into law, and then the expense to the community to uphold and enforce the law to ban something so ubiquitous to human anatomy?
The quote in the paper is that you propose to supplement the state indecency laws with, "For the purposes of this section, the term 'private parts' means external organs of sex and of excretion, including the nipple, or any portion of the areola, of the human female breast." Why only female areola, and what about those noses and mouths, ears and eyes? They excrete. They are sexual. Shall we just ban all exposure of human anatomy and claim that the human body is indecent?
How about we instead make a law that prohibits laws that infringe upon a live and let live community based on non-violation. By this if a person sees something they disagree with walking down the street, they can remedy the problem by looking elsewhere. Human anatomy is not the problem. Dealing with your own reactions to human anatomy is perhaps for you a personal issue. Maybe get some professional help with this instead of clogging up our legal system with your anxiety disorders do to your narrow-mindedness.
— Chris Kemp