What started as a rude facebook post on Tuesday by a supposedly “A+” rated state rep named Josh Moore, became a media firestorm of support for Free State Project early mover and “A+” rated Manchester state rep Amanda Bouldin, who defended topless freedom against Moore’s attacks. Bouldin is also known for creating Shire Sharing, a charity that feeds hundreds of NH families in need each year at Thanksgiving.
Despite being highly rated by the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance, Moore is the co-sponsor of discriminatory, anti-freedom legislation, HB-1525FN that would criminalize female toplessness across New Hampshire. On Tuesday, Bouldin took to her Facebook page with a response, pointing out that all the sponsors of the proposal are male republicans, calling them out on their hypocrisy, in that they claim to supposedly support smaller government, but in this case they are advocating for its expansion.
In response, Moore comments:
“I’ll see you on the house floor. I have obviously have more respect for a women and her innocence and decency than than women who are support public nudity.” – State Representative Josh Moore
“Who doesn’t support a mothers right to feed? Don’t give me the liberal talking points Amanda. If it’s a woman’s natural inclination to pull her nipple out in public and you support that, than you should have no problem with a mans to stare at it and grab it. After all, it’s ALL relative and natural, right?” – State Representative Josh Moore
Does Moore really believe that a woman going topless justifies a man committing assault and grabbing it? It’s hysteria like this that needs to end. They are breasts. Men and women both have them – it’s a basic human liberty to be as clothed as one wishes on your own, or public property.
Moore and his cohort, state representative Al Baldasaro were subsequently eviscerated on Amanda’s facebook thread, by countless libertarians. During the process, Baldasaro weighed in with another rude quip:
“No disrespect, but your nipple would be the last one I would want to see. You want to turn our family beach’s into a pervert show.” – State Representative Al Baldasaro
(All spelling, punctuation, and grammatical errors by Moore and Baldasaro were left intact.)
Somewhere along the line, Slate published a piece featuring Moore and Baldasaro’s ridiculous support of oppressing topless freedom. That then led to several more major websites picking up the story. Here’s a quick rundown:
- The Washington Times: “N.H. Republicans make crude comments about Democrat who opposes public nudity bill“
- CNN: “New Hampshire lawmakers spar over public breastfeeding“
- Huffington Post: “A Female Lawmaker Defends Public Breastfeeding. Her Male Colleague Threatens To Grab Nipples.“
- Raw Story: “‘Family values’ Republican: Men should be allowed to grab breastfeeding women’s nipples in public“
- Cosmopolitan: “State Representative Defends Public Breastfeeding, Gets Her Nipples Mocked By Colleague“
- The Daily Mail: “‘Your nipple would be the last one I’d want to see’: Two male lawmakers leave crude Facebook comments on colleague’s page after she opposed public nudity bill“
- NY Daily News: “Male N.H. state lawmakers make crude Facebook comments after female legislator expresses opposition to public nudity bill“
- Reason: “Misdemeanor Nipple Exposure and Misogyny in New Hampshire Politics“
- Jezebel: “Female N.H. State Representative Condemns Sexist Bill, Gets Harassed By Male Colleagues“
- Think Progress: “Male Legislator Mocks His Colleague’s Nipples In Push To Ban Public Exposure“
- BoingBoing: “NH Republican lawmakers harass female state rep who objected to sexist law“
- NH1: “Bill to ban nipple showing touches off sharp attacks, viral interest on the web.“
- NECN: “Opposition to Nipple Bill Draws ‘Sexist’ Responses From Lawmakers“
Thanks to the prudish state reps who just helped skyrocket Bouldin’s name into the publicity stratosphere! Here’s a bunch more of the coverage she received today.
Here’s the NECN piece:
The articles have had tens-of-thousands of shares and countless comments. Stay tuned here to Free Keene to see how this awful legislation fares once it gets heard by the state house committee to which it is assigned. It will be open for public comment, and I plan to be there to capture it on video. With these prudish state reps promoting the bill, the hearing should be quite ridiculous.