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Opinion

On Boobs-for-Bucks, Bill de Blasio Needs to Grow a Pair

Mr. De Blasio’s lack of backbone on the issue isn’t just an affront to free expression, it deals the city’s pearl-clutching class a victory in distracting from other more pressing social problems. And above all, caving in to such social conservatism is a betrayal of the kind of tolerance the city allegedly offers to artists and outcasts who have to flee the confines of Middle America. If Times Square, already fully cleansed of its seedy past and relatively vice free, can’t tolerate a few women legally celebrating their own bodies, what chance does the rest of the city have in upholding its reputation where anything goes.

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