North Carolina’s new GOP controlled legislature is living up to all my expectations….
With all the important issues like unemployment, education and infrastructure needs being ignored, they are focusing on ….
Maybe, after all, we are safer if that’s where they keep their focus. But sadly they really are making themselves – and by default the state of North Carolina- a laughingstock to the rest of the country.
These Church Ladies seem intent on dragging us back to the days of Jesse Helms and the Andy Griffith Show.
But, I don’t think even Aunt Bea and Thelma would take too kindly to putting duct tape on their nipples…
Well, Aunt Bea might….
North Carolina Republican state Rep. Tim Moore says that women can protect themselves from a new law that makes baring female breasts illegal by simply applying duct tape to their nipples.
On Wednesday, the state House Judiciary Committee C approved House Bill 34, which makes it a Class H felony to purposefully expose “private parts” for the “purpose of arousing or gratifying sexual desire.”
The bill expands the state’s definition of “private parts” to include a woman’s “nipple, or any portion of the areola.”
Republican state Rep. Rayne Brown told lawmakers that she was co-sponsoring the bill because activists had held a topless women’s rights rally in Asheville last summer, where as many as a dozen women bared their breasts
Although Brown’s district is 100 miles from Asheville, she felt it was important to act before women tried to assert their rights again by going topless at another rally.
“You’ve got local governments passing ordinances to protect themselves from just this thing,” she explained. “These folks don’t need to be doing that, but they do it because they’re not sure about the law.”
Under the proposed law, women could spend up to six months in jail for a first offense. “Incidental” nipple exposure by breastfeeding mothers would be exempt from the law.
Democratic state Rep. Annie Mobley said she worried that women wearing “questionable fashions” could be prosecuted under the new rules.
But Committee Chairwoman Rep. Sarah Steven (R) suggested that women could use pasties or nipple coverings just to be safe.
“They’d be good to go” with nipple coverings, Stevens said.
“You know what they say, duct tape fixes everything,” Republican state Rep. Tim Moore agreed.
via NC lawmaker: Women should ‘duct tape’ nipples to stay out of jail | The Raw Story.
Yesterday, Once More
I’ll take us back to the 1960’s one more time…
I just came across a few snapshots in time. Some “time capsule” moments on YouTube.
I keep looking back because I keep wondering where the energy for change has gone.
It’s hard to believe how much times have changed…for the better– since the early 1960’s. But I never realized how depressing the 1960’s–which I always thought of a as a decade of hope and change– could be…It’s remarkable, given the restrictive society at the time, how much hope was alive then.
I wonder if it still is…
There were so many people afraid of change then– just like now.
Today, the Afghanistan war has just surpassed Vietnam as our longest war. Bush’s personal vendetta/ war or choice in Iraq is still going on. Ghetto’s still exist. The Tea Baggers prove racism is still alive . The old “Silent Majority”, which isn’t either, is still around. Post-feminism wants to return women to the kitchen and subservience, while the Men of the Religious Right still try to take away their right to control their own bodies. I’m almost relieved we haven’t come far enough on Gay Rights to start dismantling them…
I think we need to look back to see “the way we were” to see how far we have come.
Then, maybe, we can gain the courage and the energy to keep moving forward.
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