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Originally posted by chiron613
My guess is that we've got a lot more Fundamentalist Christians here, who form a significant political segment and who are vocal beyond their numbers. These Fundamentalists believe in the Bible when it's convenient. Among other things, there is the prohibition (probably in Leviticus) against displaying the body. In the olden days that probably meant showing your face or anything south of there, but things have changed. Nevertheless, they believe Thou Shalt Not Show Nipple. Or Any Other Naughty Bits.
Remember, we had a Federal official who had a statue covered because it showed a woman's breasts. This statue was in a public building, but he wouldn't tolerate it. Some of these guys are seriously hard-core. Probably that wasn't the best choice of words...
Don't you remember the "wardrobe failure" of Janet Jackson? She appeared to flash a bit of nipple (I'm told that this didn't even happen, that it was actually covered). The US was in an uproar over that. Oh, my God, a nipple during prime time! It's the end of the world, our children are all corrupted. Yadda-yadda-yadda.