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to think women should be able to go topless?

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BegoniaBampot Mon 11-Feb-13 23:55:43

just watching telly. two young people handing out flyers in london and they take their tops off in the street. policeman asks girl to put her top on but not the guy a she is deemed indecent but why can a man take their top off but a woman is seen as indecent?

GregBishopsBottomBitch Wed 13-Feb-13 17:07:34

Ewwwwwwwwwww, Builders bum, oh so gross.

Latara Wed 13-Feb-13 16:53:28

I don't go topless in my garden because all my nearest neighbours are male... in fact i think twice before wearing shorts - i don't want them perving (which a couple of them would do - bleurghh).

Same applies to going topless in the street - many men would indeed be very happy if that was legalised for women.

I only look at topless men if they have fit muscly physiques; sorry but i can't help looking.

I saw an unwelcome sight of male fat bum cleavage while eating lunch out today - not good to see anyone's bum cleavage. Gross gross gross!!!!

HecateWhoopass Wed 13-Feb-13 16:51:40

I wish I knew.

Nothing more than our decision as a society for there to be a difference, I think.

GregBishopsBottomBitch Wed 13-Feb-13 16:47:56

But men have nipples too, so whats the difference.

HecateWhoopass Wed 13-Feb-13 16:35:06

I know. Weird, isn't it.

It seems it's actually the nipple that's the issue. You see some really skimpy things but as long as the nipple area is covered - it's not obscene grin Hint of areola and it's smelling salts all round. grin

GregBishopsBottomBitch Tue 12-Feb-13 19:21:49

What is the fascination with tits, just masses of fat and flesh, with a nipple attached.

somedayma Tue 12-Feb-13 19:10:50


catgirl1976 Tue 12-Feb-13 18:24:22

I go topless (and nude) abroad and it's nice because you don't feel your nakedness is something sexual

Whereas here it very much is

That said I wouldn't wish to be topless in a restaurant or at work

Sallyingforth Tue 12-Feb-13 18:18:22

I don't care in the slightest who sees my body, it's nothing to be worked up about. I'm usually sunbathing topless in the garden on the rare occasions it's warm enough, and in really hot weather I'm often around the house in just knickers or nothing at all. I'm quite happy to pop outside to the bin like that. Yes we are overlooked a bit but I have more important things to worry about than who can see my tits.

StuntGirl Tue 12-Feb-13 18:08:48

I can see the girl's point but you can't just change the whole of society by one girl making a statement like that.

Tell that to Rosa Parks. Or Mohammed Bouazizi. Or Emily Davison. Or Martin Luther King... One person can have the power to be pretty revolutionary.

Many people get aroused from people touching their necks too pumpkin, I don't see any issues requiring to cover that body part up.

Bunfags Tue 12-Feb-13 11:25:08

YANBU, but why would anyone want seedy men oggling their tits? Some blokes might go away and fap about it afterwards. Maybe I'm reading too much into it, but the idea of pervy old men fapping over my boobs makes me feel rather ill.

LadyBigtoes Tue 12-Feb-13 11:00:16

I've thought about this too. I often think when it comes to arguments about burqas etc - it's oppressive if women and not men are either supposed or forced to cover their hair or face, and I don't like it, but UK culture and law are the same, in that there are different rules for men and women re their top halves. I don't actually think topless is particularly a good look for either sex, but the expectations and the law should be the same for both.

So the Canadian system seems like a good idea.

BegoniaBampot Tue 12-Feb-13 10:56:24

but what about mens nipples then. can they not be sexual. tbh, i don't get turned on by my breasts being touched or sucked. my arms and back though...

TheFallenNinja Tue 12-Feb-13 10:55:51

Men have enough trouble concentrating.

Oh ffs

crescentmoon Tue 12-Feb-13 10:53:15

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

pumpkinsweetie Tue 12-Feb-13 10:46:49

Breasts are natures way of feeding a baby, but they are also a sexual bodypart-Fact.
If they were not, the majority of women wouldn't get sexual feelings from them being touched!

ErikNorseman Tue 12-Feb-13 10:40:19

But breasts are sexual. It's not an idea, it's a fact. They are dual purpose. Nature's multi tasking.

BegoniaBampot Tue 12-Feb-13 10:37:03

so the law IS reinforcing the idea that breasts are sexual. interesting.

Branleuse Tue 12-Feb-13 10:27:33

i dont think it should be illegal

CajaDeLaMemoria Tue 12-Feb-13 10:19:50

Legally, the Sexual Offences Act 2003 forbids the exposure of genitals, buttocks or female breasts in a public place. In some Middle Eastern companies, exposure of any part of the female body is considered indecent, but that's a bit long-winded to get into here.

You do not need to commit a sexual act, just to expose any of the body parts listed. If you do commit a sexual act, you'll also be guilty of public indecency, which carries a harsher sentence.

Sallyingforth Tue 12-Feb-13 10:12:35

There is a time and place for everything.
I love the feeling of the sun on my body and always have my breasts uncovered on the beach or at home in the garden. But not in the street, it just doesn't feel right.

BegoniaBampot Tue 12-Feb-13 09:49:33

guess i would rather see the rule applied to both sexes as sometimes i have felt uncomfortable in certain situations with guys topless. don't know if the laws are different, anyone know? always been a little interested in naturists, looks really liberating, might have to give it a go.

manicinsomniac Tue 12-Feb-13 07:33:47

I think YABU really. I've seen that tv programme before and I can see the girl's point but you can't just change the whole of society by one girl making a statement like that.

Unless you have personally breastfed a child I don't think breastfeeding is seen as the primary function of breasts at all. Biologically it may be but societally they are sexual body parts. Neither gender could go bottomless because it would automatically be seen as indecent and, perhaps unfortunately, women are seen as having sexual parts on both top and bottom halves of our bodies.

Plus, it would be rather uncomfortable!

TeWiSavesTheDay Tue 12-Feb-13 07:30:58

I didn't know their was a legal difference! How unfair.

I agree, should either be both covered or neither have to be. (tempted by both...)

pumpkinsweetie Tue 12-Feb-13 07:28:19

Yanbu if you had said on the beach, but seeing titties everywhere on the street would be rather ott and would be yet another thing for men to get rocks off too!
I'd prefer men to be given the same rules, especially with all the hairy 9m preggers looking mens bellies round here last summergrin!

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