Sunday, June 28, 2009

Topless swimmers win right to use city pools topless in Sweden

Swedish government officials get it right concerning women's rights to swim topless at city swimming pools.

For years women have been able to legally topless sunbathe on many Swedish beaches. But, starting in the 80's a backlash started growing against bare breasts. I guess maybe it is the Americanization of treating breasts as a sexual object instead of what they are mammary glands.

Now I hear from people who say that breasts should be covered because they are too sexy. But, at the same time people say some women's legs are very sexy. Should they be covered too? What about cleavage? Should that be outlawed? What about beautiful faces?

Eva Longoria is considered very sexy. Yet as far as I know she has never appeared topless. It is her face that makes her sexy judging by all the hair and cosmetic products she pitches. She we make pretty women cover their hair and faces like Muslim women do because they are sexy?

Here's the story:

"Women in Malmö have been given the right to bathe topless in the swimming pools of Sweden's third largest city.

The city's sports and recreation committee voted on Wednesday against a motion entitled: "Women with two-piece swimsuits ought to wear a top piece".

The committee eventually settled on the wording that "everybody should wear bathing suits" at Malmö pools but there is no requirement for women to cover their breasts...

But eventually the committee overcame its misgivings and the final decision was unanimous...

“Everyone is required to have a swimsuit when visiting the city’s indoor pools and if it doesn’t cover the upper body, that’s OK too.”...

"We don't define what bathing suits men should wear so it doesn't make much sense to do it for women. And besides, it's not unusual for men to have large breasts that resemble women's breasts," he said.

The Social Democrat politician feels the entire issue has been overblown.

“This is really not that big a problem,” he said...

Speaking to The Local at the time, Ragnhild Karlsson, 22, explained the womens' motives for swimming without bikini tops.

"It's a question of equality. I think it's a problem that women are sexualized in this way. If women are forced to wear a top, shouldn't men also have to?"

Outraged by what they regarded as discrimination, a group of women in southern Sweden made a show of solidarity by establishing the network, whose name translates as both "bare breasts" and "just breasts".

For the full story click here

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