WORCESTER (CBS) — A Worcester woman’s choice to ride her bicycle topless has raised questions about the clarity of some state and local laws. Stacy Schnee is part of a group called “Topless Equality,” which advocates for women to be able to go topless, like men. Schnee undoubtedly has a unique perspective. She used to live as a man. According to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, the 38-year-old mother of two had gender reassignment surgery in June 2011 and breast augmentation last year.In the past, Schnee has gone topless at her home but on Thursday around 4 p.m., she decided to take a bike ride to Leicester. The ride tied up traffic as people slowed down alongside Schnee.“She is out there riding around, appearing to be topless and exposing herself for the shock value,” Leicester Police Chief James Hurley said. At the time, Schnee was wearing “pasties” to cover a portion of her breasts. Now, police and the district attorney’s office are trying to decide whether charges should be filed. Massachusetts General Laws imply if only a small part of the breast is covered, it should be considered nudity. Other sections of the law state a breast is uncovered if there is no covering “below a point immediately above the top of the areolae.”
You want to know what this thing should be arrested for? It’s not that she drove her bike naked, but that she didn’t wear a sign that said she used to be a man. That’s the real crime here. Like I got no problem with anybody letting their titties flop in the wind. But I do want to know what I’m looking at first. I don’t want to pull up and whistle at this chick and then find out a day later she’s a man and puke all over the place. That ain’t right. Transgenders should have to wear like a scarlet T when they are naked in public or something. Hey maybe transgender titties float your boat. Maybe you’re into that type of thing. But you got to be clear about the situation. It’s only fair.