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Younger French Women Reject Topless Sunbathing

Once-familiar beach sight is no more, says Elle magazine

(Newser) - France's summer is fast becoming a memory, and so is one of its iconic beach sights: the topless woman. As few as 2% of French women under 35 now say they want to bare their breasts, according to an Elle magazine poll this summer. It's a far cry... More »

How Topless Sunbathing Restored My Confidence

The South of France is the perfect antidote to insecurity

(Newser) - After Lee Harrington got a breast reduction, she had “moments of neurosis,” looking down at her size Bs and wondering, "Did I make a mistake?” A summer spent topless in the south of France finally restored her confidence once and for all. “It seemed like the... More »

Women Rally to Go Topless

Over the top protest against 'gender discrimination'

(Newser) - The protesters wanted to get something off their chest—namely, their tops—and most passers-by were thrilled they did. A Los Angeles beach yesterday became the latest site of the growing "Go Topless" movement by women who are demanding the same rights as men to go bare chested. Some... More »

Mon Dieu! Topless Sunbathing Is Passe in France

Country that made it fashionable goes 'prudish'

(Newser) - The Italians are debating topless sunbathing, so it might come as no surprise that the French seem to be turning conservative. A generation ago, it was oh-so-chic when French women pioneered the movement, but now 88% of the French describe themselves as pudique (prudish.) Says one 23-year-old, "Mostly... More »

Case of Topless Sunbather Triggers Fierce Debate

It's bound to be sensuous, says woman's attorney

(Newser) - An Italian mother who called the cops on a topless sunbather who was "troubling" her young sons by sensuously applying sunscreen has sparked a furious debate on the lack of couture on Italy's beaches. "Something like this happening in 2010 is absurd," snorted the Roman attorney for... More »

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