Women of France are slipping into something a little less comfortable on the country’s famed nude beaches.
Just 19% of breasted sunbathers in the country now say they feel comfortable removing their tops at the beach. Compare that with 2009, when 34% said they do, or in 1984 with 40%.
Around half of the respondents cited concerns that perverts would attack, harass or otherwise violate them while topless, reported Le Parisien.
French pollster Ifop conducted the survey in conjunction with “World Topless Day” on Thursday, which includes responses from over 5,000 Europeans, including 1,000 French women.
For 48% of French ladies, physical safety was the primary concern; 46% also said they feared photos of their bare chests might end up on social media.
Women are also exhibiting a healthy fear of skin cancer as 53% said they opt to cover up to avoid unnecessary sun damage.
The French are notorious for their unrepressed sexuality as long depicted in the media and reflected in pop culture. In step with the women’s liberation movement seen across the US and Europe, topless sunbathing was popularized in the country in the 1960s as a response to the double standard — arguing that women had a right to sunbathe their bodies just like men.
Source: New York Post
Original publication 26 August, 2021
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