The North Carolina State House Judiciary Committee recently approved House Bill 34, which makes it a felony to purposefully expose “private parts for the purpose of arousing or gratifying sexual desire.”
According to WRAL.com, the bill's definition of “private parts” includes a woman’s “nipple, or any portion of the areola.”
Women could spend up to six months in jail for a first offense. However, any incidental nipple exposure by breastfeeding mothers would be exempt.
State Rep. Sarah Steven said that women could use pasties or nipple coverings: “They’d be good to go."
“You know what they say, duct tape fixes everything,” added State Rep. Tim Moore.
State Rep. Rayne Brown is co-sponsoring the bill because GoTopless.org activists held a topless women’s rights rally in Asheville, North Carolina last summer (graphic video below).
“You’ve got local governments passing ordinances to protect themselves from just this thing,” Brown said. “These folks don’t need to be doing that, but they do it because they’re not sure about the law.”
WARNING: GRAPHIC VIDEO