Bare breasts do NOT have equal protection

September 17, 2010 by FKFB  
Filed under Law & Politics, Nude News

Indiana’s Court of Appeals ruled that a women’s bare breasts do NOT have equal protection under the US Constitution. Of course this is just the opposite of how the NY Supreme court ruled in 1992 where a judge in NY said “One of the most important purposes to be served by the equal protection clause is to ensure that ‘public sensibilities’ grounded in prejudice and unexamined stereotypes do not become enshrined as part of the official policy of government.”

Here’s the story:

“A 16-year-old girl accused of exposing her breasts on an Indianapolis street can’t argue that the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution gives her the freedom to do it.

The Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Thursday against the girl’s claim that Indiana’s nudity law violated the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause…

The girl’s attorney said Indiana’s nudity law was unfair because it covers the nipples of women, but not men.

The appeals court says the citizens of Indiana have spoken on the issue through their elected representatives.

The court saying the citizens of Indiana have spoken on this issue through their elected representatives is probably the WORST cop out excuse that justices can ever give.

Listen to these other cop out judicial excuses.

In 1857. in the Dred Scott case US Supreme Court ruled Blacks were not citizens and congress did not have the right to ban slavery. Bet the Indiana justices would agree here.

In 1896, Plessy v. Ferguson US Supreme Court upheld repressive Jim Crow laws in the south.

Now here are some famous brave decisions that went against a lot of public opinion.

    1954 Brown V. Board of Education of Topeka overturned racial segregation in schools.

    1925 Scopes Monkey trial. TN Supreme court overturned lower courts rulings that it was illegal to teach evolution.

It’s a sad day in Indiana to find their justices so bigoted against women.

Remember, up until the 1930′s, men could be arrested on beaches in the US for being shirtless. Even in the early 1960′s men could be arrested in Central Park NY for being shirtless. Those were bad laws that have mostly just been ignored as many are still on the books. The judges in Indiana could have pushed forward women’s rights in this case, instead, they treat women like 2nd class citizens.

Now Americans should have known this would be the decision as the here are some “good” Indiana laws still on the books that should be enforced just like the law against this women.

  1. Bathing is prohibited during the winter.
  2. Citizens are not allowed to attend a movie house or theater nor ride in a public streetcar within at least four hours after eating garlic.
  3. Monkey’s are forbidden to smoke cigarettes in South Bend.

It is good to know that the smart justices of Indiana have not overturned these laws. After all we don’t want Indiana citizens needlessly wasting water in the winter by taking baths.

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Key West Women bare it all…well, sort of

July 10, 2010 by FKFB  
Filed under Key West, Law & Politics, Nude News

The Fourth of July held special significance for Tracy Leigh and a group of like-minded women who observed Independence Day by marching topless down Duval Street in Key West to call attention to what they say is a constitutional issue.

Leigh and others, some affiliated with the National Organization for Women, want to be able to go without a shirt anywhere men can; in Florida, a woman going topless in public, with the exception of while breastfeeding, is considered exposure of a sexual organ, a misdemeanor.

Prior to Sunday’s march, City Manager Jim Scholl met with Leigh and her husband Alan in a staging area just off Duval. He left before the march started, but Leigh said he relayed that police would first ask for compliance, then read the applicable law and issue a notice to appear in court if it came to that.

Leigh said she was prepared to be arrested and, in fact, wanted to get the issue to court.

“I would rather just the city repeal the nudity ordinance that they already have,” she said. That law requires women to cover their nipples with anything ranging from pasties to body paint, a la the yearly ribald Fantasy Fest celebration.

“If they will not repeal the nudity ordinance, which is discriminatory against women, which penalizes us, the only way you can do it is through civil disobedience. If that’s the way it has to be, that’s the way it has to be.”

That said, Leigh and the majority of the roughly 20 women participating had their nipples covered most of the time. Her red, white and blue star-shaped pasties eventually came off in the 1100 block of Duval Street, far from the crowded tourist district on the Gulf end of the street.

Key Wester Shawna Lacy Wynd, a mother of two, had her breasts exposed and was warned by police twice of the law and possibility of impending arrest.

“The last one read me the law, so I guess I’m going to cover up,” she told the Keynoter near Eaton Street, where an agitated middle-aged man began yelling: “You ought to think of people’s children.” “Boobies feed babies,” Wynd shot back.

Reactions from onlookers ranged from parents steering their young children to the other side of the street, to apathy. One man on a scooter, speaking more of the demonstrators than their cause, noted, “What a bunch of derelicts.”

Shahdaroba Rodd, a male participant wearing what can only be described as a tie-dyed G-string loin-cloth, detracted from the political message of the march, declaring that he just wanted to see breasts.

There was also the seal of approval from the Southernmost City’s resident homeless population. “Oh my God. Did you see that?” one homeless asked another on the steps of CVS while cracking open a high-gravity canned beer. “Am I blind? Course I saw,” his cohort replied.

Another topless march is planned in Key West for Aug. 22. That’s happening in concert with the national group, which, through loose affiliation with local groups, is planning demonstrations nationwide. The date marks the 90th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which extended the right to vote to American women.

This article was originally posted in the KeyNoter- Wednesday, July 07, 2010 11:00 AM EDT


Duval Street Topless Protest Follow-up

July 6, 2010 by FKFB  
Filed under Key West, Law & Politics

Key West Topless Protest

Duval Topless Protest

July 3, 2010 by FKFB  
Filed under Key West, Law & Politics

Key West Topless Protest

Key West Topless Protest

Key West Topless Protest

Key West City Commissioners Contact Info

July 11, 2009 by FKFB  
Filed under Key West, Law & Politics

Jimmy Weekley
City Commissioner (DISTRICT 1)
Address: 525 Angela Street
Key West FL 33040
Direct Phone: 305-809-3844
Fax Number: 305-809-3847

Mark Rossi
City Commissioner (DISTRICT II)
Address: 525 Angela Street
Key West FL 33040
Direct Phone: 305-296-7050
Fax Number: 305-292-3698

Billy Wardlow
City Commissioner (DISTRICT III)
Address: 525 Angela Street
Key West FL 33040
Direct Phone: 305-809-3841
Fax Number: 305-809-3844

Barry Gibson
City Commissioner (DISTRICT IV)
Address: City Hall
525 Angela Street
Key West FL 33040
Direct Phone: 305-809-3841
Secretary Phone: 305-809-3844
Fax Number: 305-809-3847

Teri Johnston
City Commissioner (DISTRICT V)
Address: City Hall
525 Angela Street
Key West FL 33040
Direct Phone: 305-809-3841
Secretary Phone: 305-809-3844
Fax Number: 305-809-3847

Clayton Lopez
City Commissioner (DISTRICT VI)
Address: 525 Angela Street
Key West FL 33040
Direct Phone: 305-294-8729
Fax Number: 305-809-3847

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