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Amazed That Vermont’s 15′ ‘Middle Finger’ Statue Is Not Covered By SOME Ordinance.

by Anura Guruge


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What I find most incongruous is that this is Vermont which doesn’t let McDonald’s have their iconic arches or permit any billboards. But, somebody can get away with this. I am delighted BUT it just seems fishy. Not all kosher.

OK, so I think I understand the ‘waivers’ that protect it. It is NOT advertising a business or service, so it is NOT considered a sign. Any sign would be regulated. This is deemed to be Public Art. I will buy that, but there has to be limits. It then appears that ‘giving the middle finger‘ is normally protected by the First Amendment. I can understand that. So, that is what probably allows this to bypass any obscene ordinances. But, but, but … Just doesn’t feel right.

What about height?

I am sure I couldn’t get away with this in New Hampshire.

What happens if these 15′, 700-pound statues start popping up everywhere around the country?

What then.


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by Anura Guruge

Latest “Free The Nipple” Arrests In Weirs Beach A Waste Of Laconia (N.H.) Taxpayer’s Money.

by Anura Guruge


A New Hampshire judge, in Laconia no less, has already stated, quite clearly, that Laconia nor Gilford or for that matter any other city or town in New Hampshire CANNOT make female toplessness illegal when it is not illegal per the State. Simple as that. It is referred to as the “Home-Rule” clause.


From May 31, 2016  “The Laconia Daily Sun“.

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These arrests are already a mockery of the law (and common sense) and just gives the New Hampshire “Free the Nipple” folks an irresistible rallying point. As long as there are arrests they will provoke the police and the citizens to make the pointless arrests.

The claim that “female toplessness isn’t appropriate because there were small children at the beach” is but laughable. Small children, especially, should be familiar with female breasts. IF not their mothers must have been negligent. Please don’t try to blame these stupid arrests on small children. They are innocent in every respect.

This is just going to make Laconia look silly and pathetic — and I like Laconia too much to see that happen.

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by Anura Guruge

Laconia (N.H.) Take Note, “Free The Female Nipple” Folks Sue Fort Collins, Colorado For Local Ordinance.

by Anura Guruge


We already know that the Laconia ordinance really has no foot to stand on. Somebody should sue them to get this stupid ordinance off the books.


From Wednesday, June 1, 2016 U.K. “Daily Mail“.

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by Anura Guruge

Laconia Continues To Stoke The New Hampshire “Free Female Nipple” Movement!

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE and read here. From Wednesday, March 30, 2016 “Laconia Daily Sun”. Visit ‘laconiadailysun.com’. You will need to logon to read original.


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From Thursday, March 3, 2016 “The Laconia Daily News“.


I could NOT believe this when I saw it in the “Laconia Daily Mail” last week. I knew we were close to April Fool’s day BUT, alas and alak, this was not a prank.

What is Laconia trying to achieve? What is Laconia trying to prove? A Laconia judge has already ruled, twice, that local ‘anti-toplessness’ ordinances do NOT Trump New Hampshire’s “female toplessness is not a crime” law. Attempts to change that law failed just a couple of months ago. So how does Laconia think that they can get around this when Gilford could not.

Yes, I understand Laconia’s concern about ‘Bike Week’. Been there, seen that. Long time ago a female that I was with, while visiting Bike Week (from Meredith) by boat, was urged, repeatedly, by men standing on the Weirs overpass bridge to ‘bare a chest’. Much to my surprise, given that she was not noted for being shy or inhibited, she was mortified! She rushed into the cubby cabin of the boat and refused to come out. That was interesting.

So, let us NOT do a Trump on this; i.e., blame/punish the woman. Toplessness, per NH law, remains a WOMAN’S CHOICE. Pro-Choice when it comes to toplessness. But keep and enforce the ordinance that says that men can be arrested and fined for ‘asking’ women to bare it all (though I have a feeling that this would not also hold up in court due because of 1st Amendment AND because you are not asking the lady to do anything that is a crime in NH.

To I this is all crazy. Just let it be. Pro-Choice for women. 


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by Anura Guruge

‘Free The Female Nipple’, New Hampshire & Laconia Multicultural Festival.

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In “Live Free Or Die” New Hampshire the ONLY city (or place) with a law against female toplessness is Laconia — the dowager city of the Lakes Region. Well, ever since “Free The Female Nipple — NH” came to be we all knew that Laconia would be where the rubber would meet the asphalt. And to be fair the “Free the Nip” ‘organizers’ have talked about tackling Laconia. Now that the poorly ‘visualized’ Hampton Beach event has come and gone (thankfully) it is time to focus on Laconia. To be fair again there was a lady at Hampton, who I think was topless (though it was hard to tell), who claimed that ‘they’ planned to have ‘flash’ demonstrations in Laconia in the coming weeks — the ‘flash’ in this context, as in ‘flash mob’, meaning that it was be unannounced, unpublicized surprises. I can’t wait.

Laconia’s ordinance is onerous and has to be repealed. That has to be #1 goal of the NH movement (and I think they know it).

And then it came to be in a blinding flash. — Laconia Multicultural Day, now a.k.a. ‘festival’.  BINGO.

The perfect, made-in-heaven venue. Multicultural Day, and here I speak of one who has attended 12 of the 13 ‘days’, is all about diversity and inclusiveness (though 90% of Laconia appears to stay away from the park).

This is THE venue to make a stand — if they really have big enough ‘kahunas’. Let’s face it. In Laconia the good ladies face the real risk of being arrested and facing a fine — a risk that wasn’t that high in Hampton, unless they got busted for ‘disturbing the peace’. IF you are going to be arrested WHAT better venue than the Multicultural Festival? IF publicity and attention is what is required this is IT.

IF I had a say, I would go even further. I would contact the Festival organizers and ask for a SPOT on the PARADE! Think about it. That is how the LGBT movement got much of their EARLY publicity. They demanded their right to be in parades. Go see the Mayor. Ed ‘University of Whales‘ Engler probably will be sympathetic. Go ask him whether the NH movement can appear in the parade. Worse case make a COMPROMISE. Agree to appear in the parade clothed, but with appropriate signs and apparel protesting the infringement.

Well, you got the IDEA — and that is all it is. An idea. A suggestion. And then remember, Laconia PUMPKIN festival. I can JUST see it. Painted PUMPKINS!

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