Judge says ban maintains stereotype that female, but not male, breasts are sex objects.
A federal judge in Denver blocked the Fort Collins ban on female toplessness Wednesday.
U.S. District Judge R. Brooke Jackson wrote the ordinance — which mandates women will not knowingly expose their breasts in public — is rooted in discrimination against women.
“Thus, it perpetuates a stereotype engrained in our society that female breasts are primarily objects of sexual desire whereas male breasts are not,” Jackson wrote.
curator’s note – Good result for top for top equality advocates. The rationale also seems sound enough to hold up to appeals.