A story reaching us from the Village Of Red Hook, New York tells of a topless woman watering her plants who has become a warrior for the equality of women:

A topless gardener says the cop who busted her for public lewdness is a boob.

Jenica Igoe, 30, says she didn’t do anything wrong while working in her own yard last summer without a shirt on, even if another woman driving down Igoe’s rural Hudson Valley road took offense and called cops.

Igoe, a restaurant cook, shed her shirt because it was so hot, she claims in a lawsuit she filed against authorities for violating her civil rights.

Cops who had fielded previous complaints about Igoe’s topless yard work simply advised her to cover her nipples, so she bought pasties.

She was wearing them when the priggish passerby snapped a picture of her watering her plants, according to the federal lawsuit.

Before long the prude patrol showed up in the form of Village of Red Hook Officer Travis Sterritt, who arrested Igoe.

“Like many people, including millions of men, she prefers to be topless in the summer heat while performing work outdoors,” Igoe claimed in court papers filed in White Plains federal court against Red Hook, where she lives, and Sterritt, over the August incident. She seeks unspecified damages.

A judge dismissed the charges against Igoe; it’s been legal in New York state for woman to be topless in public since 1992, when two female activists challenged the state’s public lewdness law in court.

The women, Ramona Santorelli and Mary Lou Schloss, were among nine ladies who ditched their tops at a picnic in a bid to get arrested so they could challenge the law. Their convictions were later tossed.

I wonder, though: do they make topless men wear pasties while doing yard work in the state of New York? What’s specially lewd about lady-nipples?

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