Why is this the first I'm hearing of this?

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When backers of the "Free the Nipple" movement spread the word of a topless sit-in scheduled for August 23rd at Hampton Beach, the outrage began.

Hampton Beach Village District Marketing Director John Kane said he was “absolutely against it" and that it was detrimental to Hampton Beach’s status as a “family resort.”

Chuck Rage, chairman of the Hampton Beach Village District commissioners, said Thursday “there must be a law” that prohibits toplessness for women.

Guess again.

 645:1 Indecent Exposure and Lewdness. –
I. A person is guilty of a misdemeanor if such person fornicates, exposes his or her genitals, or performs any other act of gross lewdness under circumstances which he or she should know will likely cause affront or alarm.

Nothing about women's breasts. This is the law that governs NH State beaches including Hampton Beach. Cities and towns can put ordinances in place to keep women from baring their breasts.

Laconia, for instance, did such a thing to prohibit women from going topless during bike week.

For the rest of us, we can live up to our states motto "Live free or die", and go topless, both women and men.

As a Shark listener commented 'when was the last time a nipple killed someone?'


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