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23rd Aug 2017

Topless sunbathing woman seems to have sparked an online debate

The person said they were "uncomfortable."

Jade Hayden

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Ah, 2017.

The year of Love Island, off the shoulder shirts, and Beyonce’s iconic pregnancy pics.

It’s also apparently still the year of questioning whether boobs are inherently sexual, and wondering if they should or should not be allowed out in the real world.

Topless sunbathing has been a thing for many, many years.

Women have been doing it on their holidays, out their back gardens, and on beaches since as early as the 1960s.

However, some people are still of the opinion that women should cover up their boobs when they’re catching some rays… and it’s not because they’re afraid of them getting burnt.

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A user of popular parenting website Mumsnet has sparked debate online by asking whether a woman sunbathing topless in a holiday resort around children is being “inappropriate.”

The person did not specify whether they had any children themselves but said that the woman in question had her children with her.

They said they felt “uncomfortable” by the woman.

Their post read:

“We r on holiday in a family resort in sunny country. There is a lady who keeps ending up on the sun loungers opposite us, who seems to enjoy lying topless by the pool everyday. She has a DS (son) who looks about 15, and a DD (daughter) who looks about 5.

I think it’s really inappropriate to sunbathe topless on a family resort in full view of everyone and right by the toddler pool, and with her own DS (son) around. Am I being unreasonable in feeling uncomfortable and wishing she’d cover up??”

The query received over 500 responses.

Many said that the user was being “unreasonable” and that there was no reason for them to be uncomfortable.

“Eh, yeah…. you’re off your rocker to be honest. Have a cocktail and relax on your holiday,” read one reply.

“What exactly is offensive about her breasts – are they spouting curse words as people go past? I assume you’re also offended by any topless man around as well?” said another.

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Scrolling through the post’s responses, it appears that most people are of the opinion that the sunbathing woman is doing absolutely nothing wrong.

Some respondents even suggested that maybe the user should stop looking if they had such a problem with the sight.

However, there were a few that agreed with the post’s sentiments.

One user said that they “wouldn’t hugely like someone sunbathing topless in a family resort.” This person added that they are “very prudish.”

Another tried to argue that there is “sexual arousal associated with” boobs so they should not be on display.

It remains to be seen whether this Mumsnet user has abandoned their previous feelings about the woman’s boobs, or if they are still “uncomfortable” about their presence at the resort.