Dec 31, 2015 2:43 PM
MANCHESTER - The online attacks on a female legislator reacting to legislation about women showing their nipples has gone viral on the web.
State Rep. Amanda Bouldin, a first-term Democrat from Manchester, triggered the reaction by criticizing as unconstitutional the measure for making the act of showing nipples a crime since it would only apply to women.
"It’s not only sexist; it’s unconstitutional and it’s unnecessary."
This reaction on Bouldin’s Facebook account triggered a blizzard of critical comments including some from Republican colleagues of her in the New Hampshire House.
Merrimack Republican Rep. Josh Moore, one of the bill's sponsors, responded to a comment from Bouldin about how the measure would affect breastfeeding by accusing her of spouting "liberal talking points" and suggesting that if a woman wished to show her nipple in public, she "should have no problem with a mans inclantion [sic] to stare at it and grab it."
Bouldin later admitted her original posting was incorrect and the bill specifically exempted breastfeeding from the proposed crime.
State Rep. Al Baldasaro, R-Londonderry, said he sits near Bouldin in the 400-person House.
"Amanada: No disrespect but your nipple would be the laast one I would want to see," Baldasaro wrote. "You want to turn your family beach’s into a pervert show."
Moore and Baldasaro removed these posts from Facebook but when asked online by an observer to apologize, Baldasaro pushed back.
"Christopher, I am not a shamed of a dam thing, you sit there, hold your breath and wait for my apologie," Baldasaro answered.
Supporters of the bill said it was a reaction to the Free The Nipple protest by women on the Seacoast this past summer.
Bouldin said she’ unsure whether lawmakers will pass the bill during the 2016 session.
"It’s hard to know how this is going to turn out but I think after the global attention to this terrible legislation I hope there is a little more attention to kill a bad bill," she added.
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