Should women have the freedom to be topless in public in Berkeley?

Monday, September 04, 2017 06:06PM
The city of Berkeley is no doubt a mecca for the progressive movement. But now there's a push to go topless, so to speak, and equalize gender nudity laws.

BERKELEY, Calif. - Prior to 1994, it was legal for anyone to roam the streets of Berkeley naked. It took a Cal student showing up to class naked for the city to change the law. To this day, men can go shirtless in Berkeley while women cannot. And that's what the council could soon change.

Several women raised the question about equalizing gender nudity laws, and Councilmember Kriss Worthington listened.

"I just don't think Berkeley should be defining (that) women are not allowed and men are allowed," he said.

Since Worthington proposed it, he's been hearing from people who want him to go further by letting anybody wear their birthday suit in public.

The proposed change applies only to public streets. Private businesses could refuse service to people not wearing shirts or shoes. The city council is scheduled to take up the topless issue on Sept. 12.

Watch the video player above for Lonni Rivera's full story.
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