Vavine is a reader at LA Voice who comes from Australia and apparently was chided recently for being topless on Venice Beach. She didn't actually get a ticket, but somebody must have said something:
Laying on the beach in Venice the other day, I came to discover (fortunately not the hard way) that it is illegal to be topless on the beach. I was outraged and then confused at the strange prioritizing. I wandered about how it can be that I can see levels of violence on television here that would be completely unacceptable back home, but that semi-nudity is pixilated [sic] out. I wandered how it can be considered a “right” to bear arms when I firmly believe that it's a “privilege,” but that you have no right to be in a natural state, in an appropriate place, on an appropriate occasion. Is there nothing more natural than being received naked by the ocean?
I reveal my discontent not as an attack on American society but as an attack on moral hypocrisy and simply a voicing of an opinion, that would no doubt be shared by MANY American women out there.
Apparently you can get booked for “Indecent Exposure” if you are found to be topless on the beach. I have to honestly say that I did not expect this from a state that has a Hollywood action hero for its Governor.
Good line! She has a lot to learn about America, though. One lesson is that off-season is a safer time to go topless at Venice when there are fewer gawkers and cops (and gawking cops) around.