Public Nudity Debate Begins in Vermont Town

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. -- A Vermont town has no problem with naked sunbathers at swimming holes or topless women on parade. But a senior citizen walking in the nude through the center of Brattleboro proved to be too much.

An art gallery owner says she was locking up for the night when she spotted the 68-year-old man wearing only a fanny pack. She says "he was trying to get me to look down there."

Now, local lawmakers are taking a fresh look at their longtime policy of allowing public nudity. The Select Board plans to introduce an emergency ordinance Tuesday that would ban nudity in some parts of Brattleboro.

One official says "just because you can" walk around town in the buff "doesn't mean you should."

Some folks don't want to cover up. A 19-year-old who likes to swim in the nude says "Vermont doesn't need to conform to the rest of society's uptight rules."

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