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Federal judge rules against city’s topless ban, dismisses notion that naked breasts will cause traffic accidents

February 23, 2017

A federal judge in Denver has ruled against an ordinance in nearby Fort Collins, Colorado, mandating that women must not knowingly expose their breasts in public. U.S. District Judge R. Brooke said the ban discriminated against women and “thus, it perpetuates a stereotype ingrained in our society that female breasts are primarily objects of sexual desire whereas male breasts are not.”

Jackson refuted the two primary arguments put forward by city lawyers, who held that the law maintained public order and protected children. Dismissing the suggestion by Fort Collins Police Services assistant chief, Jerry Schiager, that topless women would prove a distraction and cause traffic accidents, he argued it “amounts to little more than speculation” and of the “danger” posed to children argued that there was little “meaningful evidence” to support this.

The complaint was filed in May 2016 by ‘Free The Nipple’ supporters — a global movement to stop the ban on females being topless in public – who demanded that Fort Collins lift its ban on female toplessness. They accused the city of violating the free speech clause in the First Amendment and the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment.

Jackson deferred to evidence from the chair of Colorado College’s psychology department that rates of sexual assault and violence were exacerbated by the sexual objectification of the female breast, and condemned the societal typification of breasts as “disorderly or dangerous” because of their hyper-sexualization.

Read the full story at The Coloradoan.


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