An Arresting Affair

An Arresting Affair (Limerick)
By Madeleine Begun Kane

A gal in New York was arrested
For strolling outdoors while bare-breasted.
But courts say, “No fair!
You can not make gals wear
Shirts and blouses, cause men go bare-chested.”

Yesterday, CNN reported that Jill Coccaro has received a $29,000 settlement of her civil rights lawsuit against New York City. She’d been arrested for topless strolling and was detained for twelve hours, despite a 1992 New York State appeals court ruling that women have the same right as men to remove their shirts.

(You can find more of my legal verse and humor here, my feminist humor here, and my New York humor and limericks here.)

UPDATE: August 26th is Go Topless Day, sponsored by

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5 Responses to “An Arresting Affair”

  1. Jenny says:

    Wow. It’s true though. If men do it, why can’t we? You can’t say men don’t like to see tittys hanging out there for all to see! xD

  2. Paul says:

    Though I don’t mind my top being bare
    In New York I’m afraid folks would stare
    Of my features my best
    Isn’t really my chest
    It’s like King Kong’s, all covered with hair.

  3. madkane says:

    Paul, I can always count on your to up the limerick ante! :)

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  5. Bob Dvorak says:

    Didn’t matter if gentlemen lusted —
    Her rights, in this country, she trusted.
    If men could bare chests,
    Why should she fare less?
    “Sorry, Ma’am, can’t go shirtless. You’re busted.”