In a recent Facebook post, New Hampshire state representative Josh Moore said that if a law to ban topless female nudity fails, men should be able to squeeze exposed nipples in public.
Moore was responding to a post by a Democrat colleague who opposes the bill, when the two got into a squabble, prompting Moore to make the comments.
Currently in New Hampshire, it is legal for both men and women to expose their nipples in public, but a state bill would make it a misdemeanor for women to expose their nipples, even for breastfeeding. The bill is backed solely by Republican men.
State representative Amanda Bouldin went to Facebook to voice her issues with the bill and its Republican support. Bouldin found irony int the fact that Republicans claim to believe in freedom and small government, but are now attempting to ban the female breast.
Representative Moore chimed in on Bouldin’s brief post with a typo-riddled comment, presented below unaltered:
Who doesn’t support a mothers right to feed? Don’t give me the liberal talking points Amanda. If it’s a woman’s natural inclination to pull her nipple out in public and you support that, than you should have no problem with a mans inclnantion to stare at it and grab it. After all, it’s ALL relative and natural, right?
Although Moore deleted the comment shortly after it was posted, many Facebook users grabbed a screenshot.
Unfortunately, more Republicans harassed Bouldin on Facebook, even sinking to throwing personal insults. Another Republican, state representative Al Baldasaro, made an unprovoked insult about Bouldin’s body. Again, the grammar is atrocious:
Baldasaro and Moore both went on to comment again on Bouldin’s post, fearing that the state would turn into a “topless bar” and corrupt the minds of children. However, exposing the female nipple is currently legal in New Hampshire and there are no reports of the state descending into chaos.
Bouldin did not comment on her colleague’s strange comments or personal attacks, but stayed focused on the bill at hand when speaking to Slate. Bouldin said that she believes that the demonization of the female nipple is pure sexism, as the male nipple is equally sexual.
“We shouldn’t be introducing new legislation that only applies to women,” she said. “If we had any laws that started with the sentence ‘women should not,’ they should have been repealed by now.”