Fort Collins, Colorado rejects allowing women to go topless in publicThe issue came about after gender equity protests this summer
The Fort Collins City Council Tuesday night rejected the idea of allowing women to go topless, but unanimously approved on first reading an option to tweak the current law to allow breastfeeding and clarify how it applies to children under 10.
The option also defines the breast as beginning at the top of the nipple….
“As city staff, we drafted some ordinances,” said David Young, city of Fort Collins spokesman. “The first one is, essentially, keeping the ordinance as is, with a few exceptions like specifying that women were allowed to breastfeed in public. The second one would permit toplessness for everyone in public.”
Both updated options continue to prohibit any nudity from the waist down by any person over the age of 10 and provide exceptions for medical emergencies, performance venues and changing areas, Young said.
During the meeting, which is a first reading of the proposal and will have to be followed by a second reading in November that will make the vote official, council members will have to select either the first option or the second.
Clearly from the comments reported from the city council meeting, the message that breasts and nipples are not inherently sexual still needs to be spread…
Councilman Ray Martinez said he didn’t want to see “Fort Collins turned into a strip club.”…
Fort Collins resident Rachel Dozier said if public nudity were allowed, she would have to reconsider staying the city and raising a family here. Exposure to sexually explicit material is harmful to children, she said…
Erin Kisling said she did not want her daughters treated as sexual objects. The matter was not as simple as proponents of changing the law claimed, she said.
“It’s about decency, respect, protecting oneself, teaching your children the value of their body and not giving in to the few who seek to cause noise and shock value,” she said.
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you….