In this Aug. 26, 2017, photo, women go topless as they participate in the Free the Nipple global movement during Go Topless Day at Hampton Beach, N.H. (Ioanna Raptis/Portsmouth Herald seacoastonline.com via AP)
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — In a case that pits freedom of expression and equality against public decency, three women are challenging a New Hampshire city ordinance prohibiting public nudity and taking it to the state’s highest court.
The three women argue there’s no state law forbidding female toplessness and that the ordinance is discriminatory since men are allowed to go shirtless.
The women are part of the Free the Nipple movement, a global campaign that argues it should be acceptable for women to bare their nipples in public since men can.
A U.S. District Court judge ruled in October that a public indecency ordinance in Missouri didn’t violate the state constitution by allowing men, but not women, to show their nipples.