February 15, 2022
A new proposal aimed at achieving gender-equal sun tanning rights would allow people to go topless on all Nantucket beaches.
Dorothy Stover, 40, proposed the “Gender Equality on Beaches” bylaw amendment, which would allow women, as well as men, to go topless on the Massachusetts island’s world-famous beaches.
“In order to promote equality for all persons, any person shall be allowed to be topless on any public or private beach within the Town of Nantucket,” the amendment reads.
The proposal is on the agenda for consideration at Nantucket’s next town meeting, scheduled for May 2, CBS Boston reports. If the amendment is approved in the meeting, state law would still need to be changed to allow women to go topless in public.
“This is really antiquated and this is inequality,” Stover said of the law, according to the Cape Cod Times. “Some men have bigger breasts than I do.”
“I’m not saying that everybody has to be topless,” Stover continued. “I want to support the love of the body.”
Stover posted on Instagram earlier this month that her proposal gained the support of the local finance committee.
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“You’ve done your research Dorothy. Well done,” a committee member told Stover, according to the post.