Monday, November 19, 2007

Totally Swede

They're "just breasts"!

This is the rallying cry of a network of women who have launched a campaign for the right to bathe topless at Sweden's swimming pools.

In a preliminary action in the middle of last month, seven members of the Bara Bröst network (literally translates both as 'Bare Breasts' and 'Just Breasts') hopped into a pool in Malmö wearing only bikini bottoms. Before long, they were whistled to the side and asked to leave.

"We want our breasts to be as 'normal' and desexualized as men's, so that we too can pull off our shirts at football matches," spokeswomen Astrid Hellroth och Liv Ambjörnsson told Ottar, a magazine published by the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education.


I am behind these women 100%. If I'd have known that feminism involved chicks getting their kit off, I would have paid a lot more attention during that women's studies course I took last year, you know, rather than trying to mack onto the totally hot lecturer after class.

Ps. I'm moving to Sweden.


eleanor bloom said...

My memory banks are all used up at the moment (you'll see what I mean) but I do recall there is some European country in which women can sunbake topless in the parks (I seem to imagine hairy armpits along with this, which might not narrow it down a hell of a lot...). Anyway, I always thought that was a good idea.

When I was younger I really wished that women could go about shirtless just like men. Now I'm not so sure. I guess because I understand more how men think (and I use that term loosely)... plus it just means extra (a whole LOT extra for some!) sunscreen to put on. A tiresome deed. Although, in this case I'm sure there'd be a few volunteers...

Oh, and you is tagged.

Jo said...

You should get in front of these women instead. Much better view.

Thank you! I'm here all week! Try the veal.

davey said...

Hairy armpits, great, umm like.. thanks for completely ruining my fantasy there. Just because you've managed to somehow deduce that mens brains have been modeled on a vacuum sealed room with a naked chick chewing gummed to the wall doesn't mean you can take advantage of us.

Oh ps: Totally looking forward to this memory thing. How did you struggle? I've got a plethora, except, none of them are that good. Stay tuned.

Veal. You just said the magic word. Hey, is it wrong to like veal? And also, why is everyone down with eating baby sheep, but not baby cow? Is it because baby cows are somehow cuter, and if so, why doesn't this apply to mini M&Ms?

I must be missing something obvious.

Milly Moo said...

Hmm, yes the 'hairy armpits' might be in Germany and parts of France (my backpacking is 15 years ago).

By all means move to Sweden Davey, but bear in mind that, oh, after the age of 25 (which most of the female population are), gravity starts to exert control - a sad fact that only gets much worse if bras aren't worn....

The last thing you'd want to fantasise about (I assume?!) would be a hairy-armpitted, non-support using Swede over 25 with breasts so droopy she could fling them over her shoulders....

rossoneri said...

everyone should support these women in the quest!

davey said...

Oh, you can't just go and join Eleanor's camp. Are you two actively trying to scare me sterile?

I don't care what you say. Unless Wayne's World has lied to me all these years, I'm going assume that all Swedish woman look like Drew Barrymore until they die of old age, still hot. Nyah.

Everyone *except* bras, Rossoneri.

alyndabear said...

Good on the Swedes. ;)