(SEACOASTONLINE) — HAMPTON — A week after a small group of women went topless at Hampton Beach to support the movement Free the Nipple, one legislator is vowing to find a way for towns to prohibit public toplessness for women.
State Sen. Nancy Stiles, R-Hampton, said if she cannot find a way for municipalities to prohibit women going topless this summer, she will file legislation next year to make it so in 2016. She said she is working in collaboration with state Rep. Fred Rice, R-Hampton.
Free the Nipple is a movement to de-sexualize the female nipple. The movement first gained traction in 2014 with the premier of a globally supported film with the same name. It is billed as an equality movement to empower women and fight oppression.
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Free the Nipple’s New Hampshire organizers, Heidi Lilley, 54, of Gilford, and Kia Sinclair, 23, of Danbury, went topless Aug. 3 at Hampton Beach in the area behind the Seashell Stage with two women supporters. The duo is planning to lead a bigger sit-in demonstration Aug. 23.