NC lawmakers want to pass bill to end Asheville’s topless rally

A file photo from a previous  Go Topless rally in Asheville.

A file photo from a previous Go Topless rally in Asheville.

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — North Carolina lawmakers are hoping to pass a bill that will put an end to Asheville’s annual topless rally for women.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported that Rep. Tim Moffitt, R-Buncombe, and Rep. Rayne Brown, R-Davidson, want to get a beefed up indecent exposure law passed.

House Bill 34, titled Clarify Indecent Exposure Law, is in the House Rules Committee. It was filed at the start of the long session last year.

The law would make it a misdemeanor to expose private parts in public. It would be a felony to expose private parts to people younger than 16 for sexual gratification. Breastfeeding is exempt from the law.

Women are currently allowed to be topless in North Carolina, although it is banned in many cities.

Asheville’s annual topless rally downtown has been going on for the past three summers. Organizers said the event is to show support for the rights of women to go topless.

Read full story: The Asheville Citizen-Times

16 comments

  • D.

    Very well put. Spend that time and tax money on something of importance. These are adults, not hurting anyone. Do we really need another useless law on the books?

    • Kat

      Exactly. Don’t we have more important things to worry about? Who cares if some ladies wanna walk around topless? They’re just tits. They won’t bite you and you won’t go blind.

      • Mate Jozic

        We should all care about that, Come on, give me a break, topless women out on the streets !? There should be an end to feminist demands! Women MUST be properly covered, we don`t live in Amazona jungle.

  • SINNER !

    A one day protest and they want to whine why not make a week of it ? Just think about the tourist money it could bring in !

  • Meredith

    Why is okay for men to go around topless but as a woman it is wrong? This kills me, the double standards; if you are going to make the women put on their shirts then you should also make the men wear theirs, maybe I don’t want to see a man’s breasts any more than you want to see a woman’s. There are some overweight men have bigger breasts then women but it is okay for them to go without shirts. This is just soooo wrong and they know it.

  • Robert B Bracey

    There has got to be something in the Constitution somewhere that would make covering these breasts an infringement of my right to admire a beautiful women’s breast. Where is the ACLU when something really important like this comes up?

  • Nate

    Typical repressed Republicans. Violence on TV to indoctrinate our youth into being cold-blooded killers is fine but breasts?!? Oh that’s right, the right-wing industrialists want to do away with them so children will only have big pharma to supply synthetic formula for those formative years.

  • Wayne

    I guess we have it pretty good here in NC if this is the most pressing problem the legislature can find to address.

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