Women fed up with being forced to cover up their breasts and nipples are challenging American laws about nudity and sparking a debate about the country’s attitude to the naked female form.
In September, Effie Krokos was awarded a $50,000 (£38,178) civil settlement after she took her shirt off in public in Loveland, Colorado, and was issued a summons for doing so.
The 20-year-old was charged with indecent exposure after she played Frisbee topless in her fiance’s front yard.
She had thought that the law in Colorado had changed and she was safe to take her shirt off when she got hot and sweaty during the game – after all her fiance had removed his top too. They were equal, right?
“I thought it was fine because there had been a ruling by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals which covers Colorado. I’d read an article about it saying that it was OK for women to go topless.
“It was a warm September day and the weather was roasting. I took my shirt off without thinking too much about it.”
But a few hours later, a police officer turned up to tell her that there had been complaints and she was facing charges.
Krokos told the BBC: “I kept asking the police officer what I was being charged with, but I was just told I was disgusting the neighbours and that there were children around, and what made it OK for me to think I could be topless?
“I was taken aback because for everyone to be here today who was breastfed, you would have had a topless woman feed you. What is so disgusting about that?”
Source: BBC News
Original publication 8 January, 2019
Posted on NatCorn 4th February 2020
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