We do Love, we do

Sunbathing topless should be a pleasure we can all enjoy
Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett

17 thoughts on “We do Love, we do”

  1. “… the #MeToo movement has been an influence, with women between 18 and 25 citing harassment and ogling. No doubt the fear of unwanted photographs ending up on the internet also plays a part in persuading young women to keep their bikini tops on when they go to the beach.”

    Happy to show your tits to whoever is on the beach, but not to the Internet? What’s the difference?

  2. women between 18 and 25 citing harassment and ogling […]

    Since Brigitte Bardot became famed for it on Riviera beaches in the 1960s topless sunbathing on the Côte d’Azur has occupied a rather romantic place in the Anglo-Saxon cultural mindset

    What demographic changes have taken place since the 1960s that might make young women more fearful of harassment or ogling? Are they worried about Anglo-Saxons?

  3. Typical patriachy. If a man see a naked woman sunbathing, the man gets arrested; if a women sees a naked man sunbathing, the man gets arrested.

  4. Walking along the beach, yesterday afternoon, looking at the acres of tattood sunburnt breastflesh* on the visiting Brit lardbuckets, I’d say “should” & “can” are doing a great deal of work in that sentence.

    *And that’s just the geezers!…

  5. BiS… There was a TV news item yesterday that featured Michael Gove in shorts and T-shirt returning home from his morning jog. He appears to have a bigger pair of moobies than many of the opposite sex.

  6. Bloke In Westerville

    I’m not sure our Rhiannon should be sunbathing topless with her complexion.

    I’m not sure our Rhiannon should be sunbathing. Period.

    There, I fixed it for you.

  7. Legal in Canada for women to go topless as otherwise it would be sex discrimination, though I’d argue changing the law to stop men walking around without a top might be a better solution.
    The cops still stop topless women though and a couple of years ago there was a small demonstration about it locally, we were having lunch at a cafe across the road and my wife called over to one near naked woman and asked if she had enough sunscreen as given her complexion she should be careful.

  8. The Grauniad is wrong as always. Topless was very common on the Riviera in the 1930s and there were dozens of nude beaches in Germany (not as warm). Brigitte was mere following a standard practice which (I am informed) was still reasonably common thirty years later so did not merit any media attention apart from her.

  9. Lawks, seeing RLC topless would spoil my afternoon. I don’t generally wish to be ungallant, but I’ll make an exception here.

  10. After 6 decades of scientific observation and impartial inquiry, I have concluded that those young ladies who shouldn’t go topless invariably do, and those who should go topless invariably don’t.

  11. @ Kevin Lohse
    Not QUITE invariably – the “Free the Nipple” campaign in the USA featured some celeb who could go topless (albeit some commentators said that her mother still looked better topless than she did).
    My mother’s reminiscence relating to a decade-and-a-bit before I was born, so pre-dating your observations was that – when she was doing Mod Lang and on an exchange visit – those, like her friend, with access to the semi-private beach inaccressible to the oiks all went topless if young and not needing support.

  12. Article would have more credibility if Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett’s pic showed her topless.

    Warning

    Mind Bleach

    Jo Brand topless on beach

  13. “Walking along the beach, yesterday afternoon, looking at the acres of tattood sunburnt breastflesh* on the visiting Brit lardbuckets, I’d say “should” & “can” are doing a great deal of work in that sentence.”

    As I started reading this comment I thought it was going to be a riff on the Stranglers song Peaches……..

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NuT5KUA7iaY

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