817. Topless In Times Square


817. Every day this summer, women have stood topless in Times Square, offering people the opportunity to take photos with them or of them in exchange for tips. On some days, hundreds of men of all ages gawk at, and take photos with, these women. On some days, as many as a dozen women accept tips from these men. Being topless in public is not against the law in New York. But Anthony Zeiner, a state legislator, proclaiming that such women "are corrupting our youth," has introduced a bill in the state assembly. The bill would make toplessness a felony statewide for both sexes, except at public beaches. Asked if seasonal changes might make his bill unnecessary, Zeiner said, "Cold weather doesn't trump empty purses. We simply can't let topless women get their foot in the door. We've got to nip this in the bud. We must protect our innocent youth." 7.3

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