A law in Berkeley that prevents a woman from going topless could soon be abolished. Kriss Worthington is a progressive city councilman who is fighting to have the indecent exposure law modified. Worthington, who represents a student-heavy district near UC Berkeley for two decades, says the law is antiquated and sexist. He thinks the outdated law objectifies women and creates confusion for individuals who are transgender.
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The new proposal would allow anyone to go topless in the city, no matter what a person's gender identity is. Worthington's proposal is set to be considered at the next City Council meeting on September 12. The ambitious councilman referenced an exception to the law that allows breastfeeding to make his point in the proposal saying, "If a woman's nipples are fit to be seen by the most innocent and impressionable portion of the population, babies, and toddlers, then it stands to reason that nipples are not inherently sexual and are fit to be seen by the rest of the population, if that woman so chooses."
Despite "free the nipple" campaigns in the city there are prohibitions that prevent women from going topless in most places in the Bay Area. Dolores park, for example, has an ordinance prohibiting women from going topless. If Worthington's proposal is successful, women will be able to go topless in places such as Dolores park. San Francisco is known for being liberal, can't all sides just agree that women should be allowed to go topless?
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