Topless sunbathing in France falls out of vogue amid harassment, ogling by men, and health concerns
– One in five Frenchwomen under 50 said they still sunbathed topless, compared to 28 per cent a decade ago and 43 per cent in 1984
– The current heatwave has also reignited debate around the full-body Islamic burkini swimsuit
Once widespread in France, topless sunbathing is going out of fashion, a survey has shown, with fears about harassment, body image and health seen as prompting a trend to cover up more at the beach.
Fewer than one in five Frenchwomen under 50 said they sported a “monokini”, compared to 28 per cent a decade ago and 43 per cent in 1984, according to the survey by French pollster Ifop.
Young women aged 18 to 25 said harassment, criticism of their bodies and being ogled by men were their biggest barriers to going topless.
And while France may be the country of liberty, equality and fraternity, Frenchwomen are more shy than their European neighbours about stripping off at the beach, compared to Spaniards (48 per cent) and Germans (34 per cent).
Source: South China Morning Post
Original publication 30 Jul, 2019
Posted on NatCorn 6th August 2019
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