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In Vegas, Of All Places, Nipples Cause A Public Outcry

At the Erotic Heritage Museum in Las Vegas (what, your town doesn’t have one?), a public mural that features a pair of exposed breasts and their inevitable nipples has caused a city scandal. Apparently, the painted nips violate a city code that bans the public display of areola in Vegas. (I guess you gotta police that something fierce in the City of Sin, where working girls are always looking for new, more graphic ways to sell their, er, goods). As a result, the (I’m not making this up, people) Ho-Down Mural Project was forced to self-censor, and the museum’s curator, Laura Henkel, covered up the offending areola with some gold star pasties. In fact, the incident is just the latest in a series of similar complaints, as Vegas residents with traditional values butt heads with the results of an increasingly sexualized culture. Apparently, the City of Las Vegas has yet to reconcile being the home of the so-called “Academy of Awards of porn” (which takes place this weekend) and the fact that it can’t stand the sight of a painted lady’s bared breasts. [LA Weekly via Laurenn McCubbin] Keep reading »

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