FORT COLLINS, Colo. — A flood of public disapproval swamped the movement to allow women to go topless in public in Fort Collins.
The City Council on Tuesday voted to change city code regarding public nudity, but not to the extent that women may legally expose their breasts in parks and other public places.
Exceptions would be breastfeeding women, medical emergencies and places where nudity would be expected, such as locker rooms.
The decision came in front of a packed City Council chamber after council members heard from dozens of residents about how allowing women to go topless would damage the community and its reputation.
Some predicted that permitting exposed breasts would decrease respect toward women and potentially put them in danger. Others said men and women are equal in the eyes of the law, but they and their chests are inherently different and should be treated accordingly.