Ahh, oui, gay Pareeee, citeee of l’amour where we Parisiens smoke les cigarettes and drink ze wine all day is, how you say? Bohémien?
Maybe not anymore. France, the country once known for indulgence, freedom, and luxury has been doing some legal housecleaning in the past few years that may change its image permanently. What, I cannot smoke here? Non! Picnic with my wine? Non!
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What your mother always told you: if you got it, flaunt it. In the U.S., that’s not so easy when “going around topless” translates to “indecent exposure.” Now, ladies in Malmö, Sweden have won the right to swim and sunbathe topless at the city’s pools. The issue was pushed by a feminist organization called Bara Bröst (translation: “bare breasts”), which gained publicity back in 2007 when two young girls were prohibited from swimming topless, one of whom explained her motive: “It’s a question of equality. I think it’s a problem that women are sexualized in this way. If women are forced to wear a top, shouldn’t men also have to?” (Amen, sister.) The city’s committee just put into action an egalitarian motion that wins the case for women, but only in a matter of wording, stipulating that everyone has to wear a bathing suit at a Malmö pool, but not insisting that a bathing suit for a female need include a top. Keep reading »
While Europeans are known for spending the summer lazing about the beach topless, we Americans have more modest sunbathing practices, which involve covering up our boobs and bums. But if you’re taking vacation in France this summer, you’ll be able to test the topless waters without showing your peaks to the entire Riviera. Starting in June, Sephora France will stock 50 of its stores with Nippies, those little stickers cute shapes like stars and hearts that cover up your nipples and are normally worn under clothing that don’t allow for a bra to prevent “wardrobe malfunctions.” While Nippes are for sale in the states, Bristols 6, the company behind Nippies, is marketing their use in France as a way to avoid unintended nipple slips at the pool when wearing teeny bikinis, and on their own as an alternative to tops (yes, the adhesive is waterproof). “While topless sunbathing is de riguer in Europe, Nippies are a chic cover-up for less courageous Americans desiring a cool Euro vibe. … Undercover or exposed, Nippies are a patch of freedom you won’t need to hide,” reads a promotional email. Would you wear these sparkly stickers in place of your swimsuit top? [Bristols 6] Keep reading »