Topless women win big as Colorado city drops ban


It’s a victory for “Free the Nipple,” a global movement seeking equal treatment for women.

In February, when it was cold enough that few would want to go topless in the community north of Denver, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a federal judge’s conclusion that the law amounted to unconstitutional discrimination. It was based on “negative stereotypes depicting women’s breasts, but not men’s breasts, as sex objects,” the court concluded.

The ruling rejected the city’s concern that striking down the ordinance would lead to women “parading in front of elementary schools or swimming topless in the public pool.” The nearby communities of Boulder and Denver allow female toplessness, but there was no evidence of “any harmful fallout” in those cities, the court said.

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