NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Wednesday, December 30, 2015, 9:16 PM
Republican lawmakers responded to a Facebook post by Democratic State Rep. Amanda Bouldin with crude comments Tuesday.
A public nudity debate turned ugly Tuesday when two male New Hampshire lawmakers made crude comments on their female colleague’s Facebook page.
Democratic State Rep. Amanda Bouldin had expressed her opposition to a bill that forbids women from exposing their nipples or breasts, writing on her personal Facebook, “YES, all the sponsors are men. And Republicans. So much for ‘smaller government.’”
One of the bill’s co-sponsors, State Rep. Josh Moore, and fellow Republican State Rep. Al Baldasaro responded with typo-filled comments.
“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 to stare at it and grab it,” Moore wrote. “After all… It’s ALL relative and natural, right?”
State Rep. Josh Moore later deleted this comment he made underneath Bouldin’s post. Other users screengrabbed it and the comment was provided to the Daily News.
Moore’s comment had been deleted Wednesday night. Baldasaro steered the debate away from the hypothetical with a personal insult to his fellow legislator.
“No disrespect, but your nipple would be the last one I would want to see,” Baldasaro wrote on the thread. “You want to turn our family beach’s into a pervert show.”
Neither Moore nor Baldasaro responded to phone calls and emails as their posts turned into national news. But Baldasaro did answer a fellow user who said Moore and Baldasaro should apologize and retract their comments.
“I am not a shamed of a dam thing, you sit there, hold your breath and wait for my apologie,” Baldasaro wrote.
Bouldin, who admits she didn’t initially know the bill would exempt public breastfeeding from an indecent exposure or lewdness misdemeanor, was laughing about the situation Wednesday after she “spent 6 hours in front of my computer enraged” Tuesday night, she told the Daily News.
The bill would make it illegal for men or women to expose their genitals, have sex in public or show off their anuses. Yet only women would be prohibited from going topless.
“I’m pretty shocked that something’s being proposed in 2016 that starts with ‘women should not,’” she said. “The biggest rage I felt was when I found out about the bill. Just reading it makes my blood boil.”
Her colleagues’ social media smears won’t deter her and she hasn’t heard from either of them since their comments went viral, Bouldin said.
“I’ll never back down on how I feel about this and I’ll say it to their faces,” she said. “The next time I see them in about a week — it’ll be awkward.”
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