'Indecent exposure laws only apply to men.'By Today we often see feminists protesting for the right for women to walk around topless. Surely this would imply that women do not have this right.
Women have the right to go topless in public, de facto or de jure, in most Western jurisdictions. Many jurisdictions have made it explicitly legal while many others simply don’t enforce laws against women going topless. Most of the US permits women to go topless alongside several Canadian provinces. Further, in an increasing number of jurisdictions women may go entirely naked in public. This means that we yet again see feminists protesting for rights that they already have.
In Queensland, Australia a retired law professor, Dr Craig Burgess, confirmed what had long been suspected: Indecent exposure laws only apply to men. Section 9 of the Summary Offences Act 2005 (Qld) makes it clear that a person must expose their genitals to commit this offence. Queensland courts have always considered men’s genitals to be exposed merely by the man standing naked in public (or in a place that can be seen by the public) while women’s are considered to be covered.