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Topless bathers conspicuously absent at Malmö pools

The Local · 20 Jul 2009, 12:58

Published: 20 Jul 2009 12:58 GMT+02:00

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Few women it seems have rushed to exploit a recent ruling by the city's sports and recreation committee, in which it rejected a call for women to be obliged to cover their breasts while taking a dip in local pools.

"We haven't noticed any significant difference. My colleagues and I have not seen any women who have made use of the possibility to swim topless - not while we have been on duty anyway," said Zakrea El-Falou at Aqua-va-kul in central Malmö to The Local on Monday.

Neither has the warm summer weather encouraged Malmö's female bathers to take a stand as the news from the city's outdoor facilities is much the same.

"I haven't seen a single woman bathing topless during any of my shifts," Robert Nilsson at open-air Lindängsbadet said to The Local.

The Local reported in June that the Malmö council committee had been forced into taking a stand on the issue after a spate of visits by the feminist direct action group Bara Bröst ( which means both 'Just Breasts' and 'Bare Breasts') had opened political gulfs over the issue.

"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," Bengt Forsberg, chair of the sports and recreation committee on recreation, told The Local after the decision.

But it now seems that the stand was a false dawn for the liberty of the female form.

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The Bara Bröst network launched a campaign in 2007 to raise awareness over the issue and calls for new legislation to "break the culture of discrimination" and which "stands on the side of the victim and not the side of the sex offender".

The Local has on Monday tried to contact representatives for the network for a comment on recent developments, but without success.

The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

18:38 July 20, 2009 by conboy
The Local yet again keeping us abreast with the news!
19:20 July 20, 2009 by peropaco
Small knockers is holding them from baring it all. The combination of wide hips and flat chest is a no, no.
23:35 July 20, 2009 by Kaethar
This is good news. It puts through the idea that the law is to end discriminatory practices. Even if most women don't choose to bathe topless it should not be illegal for them to do so. Just as it should not be recquired in Iran for all women to wear headscarves, even though most would (presumably) choose to do so.
23:54 July 20, 2009 by conboy
These knockers have got to stop before things go tits up!
09:08 July 21, 2009 by Bölö
They must be in vaccation
16:57 July 22, 2009 by svenskdod
Looks to me like they wanted to do it when they were told that they couldn't. Now that they can, they are not "sticking it to the man" and its no fun:(
01:24 July 23, 2009 by Norum
No surprise. With a large muslim population in Malmö, Swedish women are afraid that muslim men are gonna start stalking them or even worse.
05:38 July 23, 2009 by lundsvalley
It is great that justice and equality prevail in Malmö, whether or not women chose to exercise their equal rights. I must admit that , as a swimmer and formal resident of Malmö, I am just a little disappointed though. I could use a little titillation while bathing in Malmö.
05:52 July 23, 2009 by Torontonian
I am completely busted by the news.
17:45 July 25, 2009 by Decedo
Women in Vancouver fought and won top-less ruling too. Unfortunately the only ones who used the 'option' were 70-80 yr old granny's and lesbians that looked more like Sly Stallone then Victoria Silvstedt
21:56 July 25, 2009 by Streja
Victoria doesn't have big breasts though.

I think there should be a law that makes it ok to go completely naked. Then I would laugh at all the small penises.
23:30 July 25, 2009 by Pacey
Why would you laugh at small ones? As long as they do their part then they are good!!

Small or large dont matter !!

We wont be able to judge te depth if the completely naked law gets enforced?

Another geneder discirmination


this should clear the misconception about large or small Dicks...
09:35 July 26, 2009 by Dazzler
What?!! You must be sportin some 40HH if you think hers are small! When will you be at the pool!?
14:50 July 26, 2009 by Streja
Dazzler, I saw her before she had her operation. She was in the Miss Sweden contest in the 90's. They were not small but certainly not made of saline like now. Gee mine would look huge if I had an operation too. But I won't. I'm the way I am and they are beautiful even if they are A cups. I'm very skinny but have a nice Spanish behind and lovely legs so I think men would look at me anyway if I was naked in the pools. They actually do even when I have clothes on.

Why is it ok for you guys in this thread to say nasty things about women's breasts but it is not ok for me to say nasty things about small penises? At least penises have a function for women but breasts only have a function for breast feeding. Men always think that breasts are genitalia. They are not.
15:01 July 26, 2009 by conboy
eh no "we" don't...
15:07 July 26, 2009 by Streja
You sure treat them as such. You talk more about breasts than women's genitalia. Stop doing that and I'll stop talking about small penises which actually are worse for a woman's sexual pleasure.
06:41 July 23, 2010 by Tutu
i dont think women are in favour of nudity law. most women have dignity. it is just some few misguided, narrow minded and confused minority that are fighting for unjust cause. Now that they have succeeded in passing a law that is not needed. thye claim to fight for people that supposed to send them to hospital for mental check up in the first place.
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