It is extraordinary the things that some legislators worry about. The Judiciary Committee of the state legislature of North Carolina has approved House Bill 34 that seeks to protect the citizens of that state from being traumatized by seeing the ‘private parts’ of people who may willfully expose them in any public place. This was apparently triggered by a topless rally held in Asheville last year by women protesting that men are allowed to be topless in public while women are not, and demanding equality.
The bill is quite specific, specifying in section (a2):
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. [Underlining in original-MS]
What about breastfeeding in public? The law has got that covered, so to speak, in section (b):
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a woman may breast feed in any public or private location where she is otherwise authorized to be, irrespective of whether the
nipplenipple, or any portion of the areola, of the mother’s breast is uncovered during or incidental to the breast feeding. [All markings in original-MS]
A first offense under the proposed law could result in up to six months in jail.
The question arose of what might happen to a woman who suffered a ‘wardrobe malfunction’ because her casual clothing revealed these forbidden parts. One legislator suggested that the strategic use of duct tape would prevent such mishaps.
So soon you may be free to go to North Carolina without fear of being exposed to the danger of a suddenly flashed areola. And if you are a woman, take along some duct tape, just in case.