Two women strolled the streets of Asheville topless Wednesday evening and Thursday morning. The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that the women were with activist Jeff Johnson, who has organized a topless rally in downtown for the past couple of years. Topless Asheville background here and here.
Meantime, N.C. Rep. Tim Moffitt of Asheville has been trying to get a bill passed that would make it illegal for women to bare their nipples in public. That bill’s gone nowhere so far.
And former Asheville City Councilman Carl Mumpower and Chad Nesbitt continue their crusade against the bare-breasted ones at GoBrainless.org. From Mumpower:
The part-time children’s clown and pediatric practice manager who organized Asheville second topless street party is back. Yesterday he and a couple of his prey/performers did a repeat street walk through Asheville’s downtown. That activity, under current state and local law, is legal. Uplifting to women? Not by any stretch of the imagination we can muster.
For two and a half years Asheville city leaders have dithered and avoided instituting a local ordinance to stop this activity. They have stood behind a call for an unnecessary state ordinance that is stuck in committee for good reason. Claims by the city attorney that there are risks of constitutionality do not match with the passage of similar unchallenged ordinances by other cities in North Carolina. There is a reason that Asheville is the only city in our state targeted by this activity – our reputation as an “anyway you like it – cesspool of sin” is strong and our enforcement courage is weak.
The issue with these exhibitionist driven street parties (don’t buy the protest nonsense) is sexual performance, not nipples. Our city leaders and police administrators have allowed bad things to happen two times in a row. Some of those include-
Sexually suggestive dancing on the city fountain.
Nursing and fondling of women’s nipples in our public park.
Participants squeezing their breasts toward the crowd.
Breast fondling by men in attendance.
Participation by underage girls.
All the above in the presence of minors.