A British woman was told not to show her backside—in her own home. I’m Amy E. Feldman.
A British woman was arrested in June for creating a public nuisance by indecently exposing herself. She was in her own home, near a window. As a condition of her bail she was ordered not to show her backside—or front side, for that matter—near the window in her home where passersby were likely to see her.
Can the court really prevent people from being naked in their own homes? It’s not about being naked per se, it’s about being naked where unsuspecting people could see you. State laws vary, but in many, even if you’re not in public, you can be convicted of indecent exposure if you expose yourself in any place where people are likely to be, in the words of Pennsylvania’s law for example, offended or alarmed. It’s generally a defense to argue that the exposure was unintentional, but to avoid the charge in the first place, invest in shades rather than having to invest in legal fees.