In what could only be described as the most astonishingly ignorant and stunningly misogynistic comments from a politician’s mouth yet — and there are certainly plenty to choose from — an elected politician said women who expose their breasts in public should have no problem with men gawking at or grabbing their breasts.
Men and women in New Hampshire are legally allowed to bare their nipples in public, but State Representative Josh Moore and others are attempting to pass a bill that would make it illegal — for women only, of course. According to the bill, a woman could be charged with a misdemeanor if she “purposely exposes the areola or nipple of her breast or breasts in a public place and in the presence of another person with reckless disregard for whether a reasonable person would be offended or alarmed by such an act.”
Though the bill ostensibly makes exceptions for breastfeeding, Moore does not. After State Representative Amanda Bouldin rightly criticized the absurdly backwards bill on Facebook, Moore — a politician people chose to author policy — responded with a post of his own, which Slate archived for posterity:
“Who doesn’t support a mothers [sic] 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 [sic] you should have no problem with a mans [sic] inclantion [sic] to stare at it and grab it. After all… It’s ALL relative and natural, right?”
Yes, not only does Moore have jaw-droppingly chauvinistic ideas about women, as well as radically out-of-touch assumptions about his own gender, but his basic command of the English language appears to be on rather shaky ground. If Moore’s disgusting display weren’t godawful enough, State Representative Al Baldasaro hastily inserted both feet in his own mouth with this equally stupefying statement:
“Amanda, No disrespect, but your nipple would be the last one I would want to see. You want to turn our family beach’s [sic] into a pervert show. Liberterians [sic] want a nude beach, put your money together and buy one, if you want to expose you [sic] kids to nudity, go for it. Some of us liberty minded [sic] Reps do beleive [sic] in family values.”’
Before you ask, the answer is no — though their spellcheck apps apparently quit in disgust — these elected politicians’ accounts had not been hacked.
Twitter responded brilliantly, with some praising Moore for taking the lead in 2016 “DOUCHEBAG OF THE YEAR!” and one user promising Moore, “fine, we’ll be by to kick you in the balls.”
Despite the mind-numbing ignorance of Moore’s and Baldasaro’s misogynistic and quite public statements, Bouldin told Mark Joseph Stern at Slate she wasn’t ruffled at all — and only wants to ensure the bill doesn’t pass.
“We shouldn’t be introducing new legislation that only applies to women,” she explained. “If we had any laws that started with the sentence ‘women should not,’ they should have been repealed by now.”
Besides inane and backwards legislation in need of repeal, perhaps the 2016 elections could be best employed to rid the state legislature of a few inane and backwards legislators, as well.