Last Sunday, a large group of women protested at Venice Beach in Los Angeles against laws forbidding them to go topless on the beach. Being a Puritan country at heart, it shouldn’t be a surprise that in the early 30’s men were not allowed to go topless as well. It was only after Johnny Weissmuller in the role of Tarzan flaunted the censorial Hays commission and bared his chest that men began going topless on the beach. A few years later Clark Gable did the same. The ladies loved it but their mammary glands continued to be considered indecent and had to be hidden even when they are being used to nurse her baby.In the 50’s even burlesque queens had to cover their nipples with pasties.
What is hidden and mysterious causes wonder and American men in particular are fascinated by women’s breasts. Maybe its a latent memory back to infancy when they were weaned on breast milk, but millions of American men go bonkers when they see a woman’s breasts. Russ Meyer made a whole career around movies of big breasted women. I have had friends who would jump out of their seats if a woman with large breasts walked by the window while we sat at Starbucks having a coffee.
Truth be told, they are soft and pleasing to the touch on a young woman, but after they begin to sag from age they are not that appealing. Thanks to the bra, women can continue to use them as an attractive force to lure males who still have fantasies about what they can’t see, but going to the beach and being required to wear a bra that remains wet and uncomfortable after coming out of the water just seems stupid.
Women have begun to rebel against these stupid laws that are hangovers from the days of the Puritans. When European explores began to conquer the new worlds, one of the first things they did was make native women cover their breasts. This last Sunday at Los Angeles’s famous Venice Beach, a large group of women staged a topless protest. Police surrounded them in case a few barbarians in the crowd of on-lookers tried to touch the girls, but most people walked by giving the demonstration little more than a perfunctory glance.
It was no surprise, that the loudest and most obscene display against the girls came from religious fanatics still hanging on to the myth that Adam and Eve were cast out of the Garden of Eden because Eve ate a forbidden apple. From that time on breasts had to be covered. Are we insane or what?