A Connecticut woman is facing charges for allegedly removing her bikini in front of a child at a public beach last month.
Anna Lee Halderman, 28, turned herself in to Westport Police on Saturday for the July 15 incident at Compo Beach, Fox 61 reported.
Police say they were called to the scene by a woman who said she confronted Halderman for sunbathing topless in view of the woman’s child. The parent accused Halderman of subsequently becoming belligerent and removing the bottom portion of her swimsuit, exposing her buttocks.
“The complainant reported that in addition to her inappropriate behavior this woman appeared to her to be under the influence of alcohol at the time of the interaction,” police said.
Initially, Westport law enforcement officials were not able to locate Halderman and issued a warrant for arrest.
According to police, Halderman did not recall the incident but apologized for her behavior.
Authorities charged Halderman with violations of risk of injury to a minor and breach of peace in the second degree. She is scheduled to appear in court later this month.
Anna Lee Halderman and the “Well behaved women rarely make history” maxim
In a 1976 academic essay, Harvard professor Laurel Thatcher Ulrich famously claimed that, “Well behaved women rarely make history.”
Although Ulrich intended the sentence as a lament for the “Virtuous Women” neglected by history, in the decades since her essay was published, it’s taken on a life of its own. Plastered on coffee mugs, t-shirts and bumper stickers, the line has become a sort of feminist exhortation – misbehavior as a big middle finger to the patriarchy.
In recent years, comedians such as Chelsea Handler and Amy Schumer have been celebrated as “edgy” for giving audiences raunchy glimpses into their private lives, shattering traditional notions of how a “lady” is supposed to behave.
And as incidents such as the one involving Halderman show, it appears to be the case that men certainly hold no monopoly on boorish behavior.