Duluth woman asserts right to go topless on Park Point

An incident on Park Point about two weeks ago has raised the question of whether it’s legal for women to be topless on Park Point beaches. Fox 21 reported over the weekend that Duluth photographer Michelle Bennett was “approached by a Duluth officer who didn’t know if he could arrest her” for exposing her breasts in public.

Fox 21: “Duluth woman raises questions regarding ambiguous language used to define ‘indecent exposure’ in Minnesota laws

Minnesota Statute 617.23 defines indecent exposure as “willfully and lewdly” exposing one’s “body, or the private parts thereof.” It also notes it is “not a violation of this section for a woman to breastfeed.” But it doesn’t specify whether displaying breasts in general is a violation.

The Minneapolis-based tabloid City Pages followed up on Fox 21’s story today.

City Pages: “Duluth cops are called as a woman asserts her right to sunbathe topless

Bennett was featured on Perfect Duluth Day in 2017 in a “Selective Focus” piece showcasing her photography.

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