Of course it's absurd that society forces the wearing of clothes to cover up what is after all just skin. But let's forget about that and just focus on the reality, which is that getting half-naked on a beach in Thailand is a big cultural no no. On Koh Tao on Sairee beach a busy beach , not more than 2 minutes walk from where that Hannah girl was murdered, I saw two women on different days, one lying on a towel face up and one playing in the sea with her bits flapping about, both without a care in the world. It's not just Koh Tao, it's everywhere. And Thailand is much, much more conservative than Europe. Are these women just ignorant?
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Fox News Flash top headlines for July 25 are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews. Topless sunbathing is increasingly out of vogue for French women, the report claims, with respondents citing skin cancer concerns and safety in a MeToo world as their impetus for keeping their bikini tops tied. The statistic marks a notable change compared numbers from only three years ago, when 29 percent of women polled in that demographic said they often tanned in public without a top on, according to the Local. That average, too, is a far cry away from times and trends of , when 43 percent of women said they often sunbathed without a top. Topless sun bathing is increasingly out of vogue for French women, a new report claims, with respondents citing skin cancer concerns and safety in a MeToo world as their impetus for keeping their bikini tops tied. Further elaborating on the apparent phenomenon, researcher Janine Mossuz-Lavau also referenced shifting cultural attitudes about feminism in recent decades.
Digging into the figures, it emerges that 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. For me and other women growing up in a culture of British discomfort with all things bodily, these confident French women in Cannes or St Tropez seemed glamorous and worldly. At the time I treated such nudity with deference: It was, I thought, cool.
Best Beaches. Facebook Twitter Email. CNN — Although still taboo in many places, casting aside your clothes at the shore has become a customary practice around the world in recent times. From rocky coastlines to talcum powder fine sands, and big city bays to secluded shores, there are now hundreds of beaches where it's perfectly legal or at least de facto legal to sunbathe, swim and otherwise frolic beside the sea in nothing more than your birthday suit. While clothing-optional beach destinations may seem like a modern invention, it's actually quite an old idea, a product of the otherwise prudish Victorian era.