Poor view of New Hampshire

We have Republican state legislators Josh Moore and Al Baldasaro to thank for making New Hampshire look absurd, sexist and misogynistic in the eyes of any­one who pays attention to newspapers or checks out news on the Web.

We point to a piece by Natasha Geiling on Thinknation in which she quotes a piece in the New York Daily News that quoted these two legislative geniuses reacting to a comment by a Democratic state rep.

Rep. Amanda Bouldin came out against a GOP bill that would make it illegal for a woman to show her nipples in public (with an exemption for breastfeeding), nipples apparently being far too erotic for Republicans to bear. In response, the genius Moore decided he knew something about breastfeeding.

He tweeted, according to the Daily News:

"If it’s a woman’s natural inclination to pull her nipple out in public and you sup­port that, than you should have no prob­lem with a mans inclantion (sic) to stare at it and grab it," Moore wrote. "After all … It’s ALL relative and natural, right?"

Baldasaro, another genius, wrote this:

"No disrespect, but your nipple would be the last one I would want to see," claiming that Boudlin wants to "turn our family beach’s into a pervert show."

When a Facebook user suggested Bal­dasaro owed Boudlin an apology for his re­marks, the lawmaker remained steadfast.

"I am not a shamed (sic) of a dam (sic) thing, you sit there, hold your breath and wait for my apologie (sic)," Baldasaro wrote.

Right. Geniuses.

Why are men, and apparently especially Republican men, so frightened of a wom­an’s nipple? Why are they not frightened of a man’s nipple? Perhaps they don’t find a man’s nipple erotic or disgusting or whatever it is they find a woman’s to be.

Or perhaps they think, as Frank Sinatra once said in some movie, women should be kept "barefoot and pregnant" and at­tached to the kitchen where, surely, their nipples would be covered by aprons.

This is so stupid and so embarrassing for our state. How in the name of anything do these people get elected? And do they misspell their campaign signs?

A woman breastfeeding in public cer­tainly hurts no one, so thanks, GOP, for that exception, but a woman walking around bare-chested hurts no one, either. That doesn’t mean it’s a great fashion statement, but neither is a man walking around bare-chested. It might be best for people to only go bare-chested on the beach, which is pretty much all women want to do, anyway.

Republicans should renounce these two geniuses and dump this dopey bill.