Overheard

 

Since France’s summer vacation season
kicked off in early July,
the press has repeatedly sounded the alarm
over the shrinking number of topless women
on the nation’s beaches.
As eagle-eyed reporters have made quite clear,
the prevailing trend
among sun-loving women these days
is to actually use both pieces of their bikini.
Le Monokini, C’est Fini! shouted Le Parisien
in its July 21 report from a Mediterranean beach,
using the preferred term for toplessness.

“Nude Breasts Are Less Trendy”
concurred free daily Metro France.
“The fashion has become common,
and as a result, less appealing.”

“If burning bras and going topless
were the way
French women of the 1970s and ’80s
demonstrated their freedom,
their daughters and grand-daughters
seem less comfortable with exposed flesh.
“We’re seeing a return
to more [conservative] and families values.” …
“Modesty and discretion are in fashion now.”

 

Time

 

 

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~ by eaesthete on 07/28/09.

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