Freedom! Swedish Rec Dept. OKs Topless Bathing

There are a lot of problems in the world, but every so often fate spares the rod and administers a tender mercy. Today is one of those days. Sports and Recreation officials of the Swedish city of Malmo have voted to allow women to go topless in the city’s public swimming pools. Following a series of protests by a group calling itself Bare Breasts, the committee voted on Wednesday against a motion entitled: “Women with two-piece swimsuits ought to wear a top piece”.

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“I’m satisfied with the decision,” said Bengt Forsberg, chair of the sports and recreation committee on recreation. “Everyone is required to have a swimsuit when visiting the city’s indoor pools and if it doesn’t cover the upper body, that’s OK too.”

Forsberg, a Social Democrat, said he believes the entire issue has been overblown.

“We don’t define what bathing suits men should wear so it doesn’t make much sense to do it for women. And besides, it’s not unusual for men to have large breasts that resemble women’s breasts,” he said.

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