Skip to comments.Victory for topless bathers
Posted on 01/12/2008 1:04:36 PM PST by marthemaria
A swimming pool in northern Sweden has said it will allow women to bathe topless, following a campaign by feminists.
A spokesman for the pool, part of Sundsvall's municipal leisure centre, said that employees there had decided they would not act if women tried to bathe semi-naked.
"We're used to naked people. Nobody cares," Per-Erik Ulander told local paper Dagbladet, adding that women could still be asked to cover up if other bathers take offence.
The Bara Bröst network - which translates both as 'bare breasts' and 'just breasts' - last year started its campaign for women to be allowed to swim without tops by stripping off at a pool in Uppsala. The protesters were ejected from the pool. Since then, campaigners have launched protest actions across the country, which have usually resulted in them being asked to leave.
The decision by the pool is the first real victory for the group, which has around 40 members.
"This is positive," said group member Ragnhild Karlsson to news agency TT.
The group faced a setback in November after the Swedish sexual equality ombudsman (Jämo) ruled that it was not discriminatory for women to be banned from bare-breasted bathing. Karlsson rejected the ombudsman's conclusions:
"The only sensible thing is to have the same rule for men as for women. If women can't be without a top, then men shouldn't get away with it either," she said.
I love Sweden.
So far as I know, nobody in my family has ever been naked.
|I lived in Germany for three years. European gals are always topless at their swimming establishments. It's great if you like looking at hairy armpits too. < /sarcasm>
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They won a similar victory in the NY State legislature.
At least it was voted in by a democratic institution. It seems like the anti-topless lobby must be impotent in NY.
” hairy armpits “
You don’t have to go to Europe to see that. Lots of them French gals in Quebec are like that.
The women most likely to take advantage of this ‘victory’ are the ones least likely to look good doin’ it. :)
I can think of one moment when everyone was naked. ;)
This thread is worthless without pictures! :0)
Which is why it was probably illegal in the first place. ;)
Guess this makes me a feminist!
Hey, what good is a thread like this without pictures???
The ROP will not be pleased
I always swim topless, but isn’t it too cold in Sweden to swim topless?
As is often said:
Those feminsts who are braying so loudly about the right to go topless....
...... are the LAST things on earth you wanna see topless!
Actually, when this controversy first arose a few weeks ago, someone here posted a story about it and it included photos of two of the gals who wanted to expose their boobies. To be kind, they weren’t exactly Miss Sweden candidates.
It usually works out that way. There was a “breasts not bombs” anti-war demonstration in San Francisco last year where women exposed their breasts to protest the war. Imagine Helen Thomas or Rosie O’Donnell topless and you get the picture.
What happens when topless = headless? I hope it won’t come to that.
Actually due to the high mineral content of the lakes in Sweden they warm up quite nicely.
Also, teh Romney’s look like they may have some Swedish blook in them, when is Huckabee going to blame Romney for topless women swimmers in Sweden?
I’ll assume the bikini wax business is a little slow up there.
So long as their women don't show their faces, Muzzie men don't mind if they show their breasts.
The Swedish bikini team - brought to you by Old Milwaukee.
Do Muzzie men use sacks like we used to many years ago?? LOL
Swedish women are actually way more intelligent than females from most other countries.
They give birth to more children too.
One day Sweden will beat the US in a major sport..
.....sorry, kinda forgot....ice hockey...
But I digress.....
Maybe it’s just me, but I actually think real Swedish females are better looking than American models in wigs:
Sensible; if one is three years old; and if older; one is simply, reason impaired.
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