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North Carolina state representatives have introduced a bill that would "clarify" state law to specifically prohibit the baring of women's breasts. Women worried about showing too much of their "private area" should use pasties, or perhaps duct tape.
The proposed legislation, House Bill 34, would make it a Class H felony to expose "external organs of sex and of excretion, including the nipple, or any portion of the areola, of the human female breast."
Rep. Rayne Brown (R), who co-sponsored the bill, said that while it may seem frivolous and even funny, "there are communities across this state, there’s local governments across this state, and also local law enforcement for whom this issue is really not a laughing matter," according to WRAL in Raleigh, N.C.
The AP reports that, depending on the intent of the exposure, women could face up to six months in prison for an errant areola.
Oh yes, in all fairness and for a balanced story, there is an exception for breastfeeding.
But before you leave the house, ask yourself: "Do I have a potential errant areola?"