Judge rules bare breasts are not free speech


Sacramento — A federal judge denied on Friday a request from a group of Mendocino women who wanted to protest topless on the grounds of the state Capitol.

U.S. District Judge Garland Burrell said the group made no compelling argument that showing their breasts constitutes free speech.

“Being topless is not inherently expressive” speech, Burrell said. The group, Breasts Not Bombs, had scheduled a protest for noon Monday. The California Highway Patrol threatened to arrest anyone who went topless.

Speaking both as a staunch proponent of free speech rights and a lover of all things boobies, I could not possibly disagree more with this Judge's decision. If the way that we choose to display our bodies does not constitute freedom of speech, then I don't know what does.

I think women everywhere should rise up in protest to this decision, and bare their breasts regardless of what this judge says! Who's with me?


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