["No disrespect, but your nipple would be the last one I would want to see," another male colleague added.]
A debate over public nudity in the New Hampshire State House took a dark turn on Tuesday when male lawmakers made disturbing comments about breasts toward their female colleague on Facebook.
State Rep. Amanda Bouldin (D) wrote a post on the social media website expressing her opposition to a proposed bill in New Hampshire that would make it a misdemeanor for women to expose their nipples in the state. Bouldin wrote an open Facebook message to the sponsor of the bill, State Rep. Josh Moore (R), saying that he should scrap the bill or at least exempt new mothers who are breastfeeding.
"The very least you could do," Bouldin wrote, "is protect a mother's right to FEED her child."
The bill already does exempt breastfeeding mothers -- an oversight Bouldin acknowledged Wednesday in an email to The Huffington Post. But her comment on Facebook prompted Moore and another one of her male colleagues to snap back at her.
"If it's a woman's natural inclination to pull her nipple out in public and you support that," Moore wrote, "than you should have no problem with a mans inclantion [sic] to stare at it and grab it. After all... It's
ALL relative and natural, right?"
added that he obviously has
"more respect for a woman and her innocence and decency" than people
who support a woman's right to show her nipple, Bouldin replied, "My
nipple isn't my innocence. By the time I had cause to whip it out in public
(WHEN FEEDING MY CHILD) I was certainly no longer a virgin." Moore