According to French Elle, women have stopped sunbathing topless in France. Two French women reveal why they do, and don't, and how little it has to do with health scares. Is topless sunbathing over? According to the magazine the answer is "yes", and the reasons are threefold. First, an increased concern over health and the dangers of skin cancer; second, the "pornified" perception of topless women indeed Elle suggests the death of the monokini — ie swimming briefs — was linked to the idea that topless women are seen as "loose" ; and third, the rise of breast-affiliated activism — chiefly Femen , who use their naked breasts as a means of attracting attention to various causes, and Free the Nipple , a recent campaign that encourages women to go topless to end the stigma surrounding female bodies. And now that they're covering up?
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Toplessness refers to the state in which a woman's breasts , including her areola and nipples , are exposed, especially in a public place or in a visual medium. The male equivalent is barechestedness , also commonly called shirtlessness. Exposed breasts were and are normal in many indigenous societies. However, western countries have social norms around female modesty , often enforced by legal statutes , that require women to cover their breasts in public. In many jurisdictions, women who expose their breasts can be prosecuted for indecent exposure , although public breastfeeding is often exempted from public indecency laws.
The following correction was printed in the Guardian's Corrections and clarifications column, Saturday 25 July In the article below we mentioned the French tradition of going topless. Taking a light-hearted stab at Latin, we went on to voice the suspicion that this "cultural more" conveniently allowed French practitioners to look sophisticated and simultaneously acquire an all-over tan. Rosie, my year-old, flies to Corfu with her friends this weekend for what I'm sure will be a wild teenage holiday. Will she, though, be sunbathing topless?