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A Minnesota woman who has been proudly swimming topless for two years is challenging her state’s indecent exposure law.
Michelle Bennett, a photographer in Duluth, was tanning topless at Park Point beach at Lake Superior on June 26 with friends when a concerned parent approached her and asked her to cover up saying her kids, sitting about 60 feet away, were uncomfortable.
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She refused and about a half hour later a Duluth police officer arrived on the scene to ask her to put her top back on.
'He told me it wasn’t a nude beach. I said no one here is nude,' a defiant Bennett said to the Post Bulletin.
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'I wasn’t being lewd, I was just laying in the sun, minding my own business,' she added to Fox21.
What followed was a 45-minute discussion of Minnesota's vague indecent exposure law where Bennett argued that women's bodies were being sexualized in public places and debated the terms of 'private parts' and 'lewd behavior'.
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In the end, she covered up and wasn’t arrested, insisting that it’s not illegal to be topless on the beach.
'They really couldn’t establish if I was breaking a law because of that ambiguous language [in the law],' she said.
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