Members of New Hampshire’s Republican-controlled state legislature are pushing for a bill that would make it illegal for a woman to show her nipples in public. And while the bill contains an exemption for breast-feeding, that didn’t stop representatives from sharing their opinions on the matter of public breast-feeding on social media Tuesday night.
According to the New York Daily News, Democratic State Rep. Amanda Bouldin expressed her opposition to the bill on her personal Facebook page, writing that “YES, all the sponsors are men. And Republicans. So much for ‘smaller government.’”
State Rep. Josh Moore (R), one of the bill’s co-sponsors, responded to Boudlin’s criticism by launching into a discussion of breast-feeding.
“If it’s a woman’s natural inclination to pull her nipple out in public and you support that, than you should have no problem with a mans inclantion [sic] to stare at it and grab it,” Moore wrote. “After all… It’s ALL relative and natural, right?”
Moore has since deleted the post.
Another lawmaker, State Rep. Al Baldasaro (R) responded by personally insulting Boudlin.
“No disrespect, but your nipple would be the last one I would want to see,” Baldasaro wrote, claiming that Boudlin wants to “turn our family beach’s into a pervert show.”
When another Facebook user suggested that Baldasaro owed Boudlin an apology for his remarks, the state lawmaker remained steadfast.
“I am not a shamed [sic] of a dam [sic] thing, you sit there, hold your breath and wait for my apologie [sic],” Baldasaro wrote.
Bouldin told the Daily News that initially she did not know that the bill contained an exemption for breastfeeding. The bill would make it illegal for men and women to show their genitals in public, or to engage in “any other act of gross lewdness.” And while genital exposure applies to both men and women, only women would be subject to arrest for showing their nipples in public.
“I’m pretty shocked that something’s being proposed in 2016 that starts with ‘women should not,’” Bouldin told the Daily News. “The biggest rage I felt was when I found out about the bill. Just reading it makes my blood boil.”
This is not the first time that Baldaraso has stirred up controversy with his comments. In 2011, Baldasaro told ThinkProgress he thought it was “great” that a GOP debate audience booed a gay marine.