By Lynh Bul - WaPo
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/le ... 9f3ce4f16dA federal judge in Maryland is scheduled to hear arguments Friday morning about “whether public sensibilities are accurately reflected” in an Ocean City ordinance that bans bare female chests in public places.
The hearing is the latest in the legal battle between the popular resort destination arguing it wants to protect its family-friendly image and a Maryland woman who says the ban violates equal protection laws.
Chelsea Eline, who describes herself as a “topfreedom” advocate filed a complaint in federal court earlier this year challenging an “emergency ordinance” Ocean City officials passed in summer 2017 barring bare breasts in public. Lawmakers approved the legislation saying bare breasts in public “is still seen by society as unpalatable” and the ordinance was designed to “protect public sensibilities.”
Lawmakers passed the public nudity ban after Eline, a regular beachgoer who runs a blog called Breasts are Healthy, asked the city to give the beach patrol and police officers clearer instructions so women could sunbathe bare-chested without confrontation.
A very interesting question, why should women have to cover their breasts when men can go topless? When I lived in Japan (early 1980s) the Japanese had no problem with nude breasts, saw them on Japanese TV all the time.