Berkeley topless ordinance debate ends with nude demonstrator rant

A Berkeley, Calif ., dame molted her robes and ranted atop city council members’ tables Tuesday night after lawmakers tabled a proposed rule that would allow females to bare their breasts in public.

Gypsy Taub, 48, wrote about what she described as the “naked riot” on her website, My Naked Truth. She singled out two female council members over their reaction to the proposed ordinance.

“[ Eight] beings made public statement, ” Taub wrote. “Every single one of them was in favor of the legislation, in favor of giving females decide for themselves whether to wear a bra or not.”

Taub and her two children were among those who constructed speeches supporting the proposed regulation.

“But[ Councilwoman] Sophie Hahn didn’t grant a damn about the public. She steamrolled over everything that was said in the public explain and expended a good 10 hours spewing unrelated incoherent nonsense into our ears, ” Taub resumed. “Once she was done[ Councilwoman] Susan Wengraf assembled her and said that ‘we can’t waist[ sic] period on this’ and then the legislation was tabled.”

Taub responded by get naked and clambering onto the witness table before forming her space to the dais and slamming the gavel.

“I expressed my frustration and my violence at the power-tripping bureaucrats who had no view for the will of the people, ” she wrote on her website.

Berkeley’s current nudity regulation realizes it a misdemeanor or infraction for the status of women to uncover “any portion of the breast at or below the areola.”

In her word at the gather, Hahn questioned whether changing the ordinance was a top priority for the feminist movement.

“I looked at the websites of major women’s organizations and this[ edition] is not on any of their rosters, ” she said. “The types of issues that are on those rolls … are trafficking; domestic violence; sexual abuse; shortfall of access to safe abortion; lack of representation of women in politics, law, discipline, management; low pay for women, et cetera.”

The hearing then took a outlandish become when Hahn were of the view that boys could be prohibited from going topless in public in the name of equality.

“I could imagine some kind of a hybrid solution, maybe everyone could be allowed to go topless at commons and ponds, but everyone would have to wear a shirt elsewhere, ” the councilmember said. “We could take this idea of equality and is moving forward in both directions and encounter somewhere in the middle.”

When asked by SFGATE about Taub’s protest, Hahn wrote, “She seems to have enjoyed herself, and it was a lively distraction at the end of a very long meet( we started at 3 p. m. and discontinued at midnight) – where we thankfully got a lot of important business done for the people of Berkeley.”

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