Nudity Law and Legal Definition

Laws governing nudity vary by state and local area, often under obscenity statutes. Indecent exposure, public lewdness, public indecency, disorderly conduct, and other statutes and regulations may also apply. Often, exposure of areas above the waist is socially exceptable and doesn't fall under legal prohibitions. Some laws define public nudity to include payment or promise of payment or an admission fee.

The following is an example of a state statute governing nudity:

"It is unlawful to expose or exhibit one's sexual organs in public or on the private premise of another, or so near thereto as to be seen from such private premises, in a vulgar or indecent manner, or to be naked in public except in any place provided or set apart for that purpose. Any person convicted of a violation hereof shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 755.082 or s. 775.083. A mothers breast feeding of her baby does not under any circumstances violate this section."