History[ edit ] The issue of flashing or indecent exposure can be traced back in the United States as early as the s as demonstrated in this Sacramento Daily Union article which reads: This morning complaint was made at the police office, and the officers Keane and Vance were detailed to arrest him.
About 4 o'clock this afternoon, after the officers had arrested him In , Annette Kellerman , an Australian swimmer, was arrested on a Boston beach for public indecency for wearing her trademark one-piece swimsuit.
After a public outcry at the arrest, the style had become generally acceptable by the s. Some states permit local governments to set local standards. Public nudity itself has not been a crime throughout California since a Appellate Court ruling, and prosecutions and convictions are unheard of, but arrests do still occur, though they also are unusual,  and Vermont only prohibits "open and gross lewdness and lascivious behavior"  so many forms of public nudity are legal.
The changes to Article c became part of the Manual for Courts-Martial in the edition. Public Law Sec. The issue was whether Indiana 's public indecency law prohibiting total nudity in public places violated the First Amendment. Chief Justice Rehnquist said that the law was clearly within the State's constitutional power because it furthered a substantial governmental interest in protecting societal order and morality. Public indecency statutes reflected moral disapproval of people appearing in the nude among strangers in public places, and this particular law followed a line of State laws, dating back to , banning public nudity.
A year-old woman was ticketed in for appearing naked in a bar in Lincoln, Nebraska and posting the pictures on the Internet. In a case out of Massachusetts, three thirteen-year-old girls who were leaving a Catholic school reported that a man, in a nearby car, pulled down his pants, and revealed his bare posterior and a red thong. The man was arrested and read his Miranda rights.
The police reported that he waived his rights and spoke to the police. He reportedly called the officer a bad word and stated, "I did not pull my weewee out. I only pulled down my pants. It's not against the law to pull your pants down and show people your thong.
The Supreme Court of Massachusetts ruled that the law could refer to sudden, unexpected exposure of the buttocks, but that the defendant did not have fair warning that his conduct was prohibited.