20 years ago, the topless beaches of Europe were one of the main attractions for people from other continents. But toplessness has declined enormously in recent years, so finally a poll has been taken to find out why.
1. I see no reason to have tanned breasts. 2. There is no reason to show everything and be ogled. 3. Cancer risk. 4. I am shy. 5. Feminism no longer needs such symbols. 6. I've had work on my breasts and it shows. 7. My breasts are too big. 8. My breasts are too small. 9. I can't wear a bra for two weeks if I get a sunburn. 10. It is forbidden in my country.
I don't spend much time at the beach, but have definitely noticed a tendency for women to cover up (by putting on the top of their bikini) over the past few years. Mind you, in the Landes there are nudist beaches close to those for everyone else, so the men and women there are still uncovered.
It took a Court challenge here for women to go topless. We had one women here in my town who for a few years walked our waterfront topless. I think she did not receive much attention, she either moved or stopped doing it.
On our trips to France and Germany we have encountered a few topless bathers, we were expecting there to be more. I was thankful that my husband checked inside a sauna once before I entered as there were quite a few nude men in there.
I like the beach, but not during the middle of the day in the summertime. I love listening to the water hit the shore, but Hawaii or one of the Caribbean islands would also not be my choice for a holiday. I have very fair skin, so am now paying for the damage done during my teen and college years. The days of tanning with baby oil and being a pool rat are definitely showing. I rarely get too much sun now, despite living in North Florida. Oddly enough, I have gotten more of a tan in France during the past several summers than I have in Florida during the rest of the year. That's probably because I consistently spend more time outside while on vacation.
The young topless women I saw in La Rochelle were definitely working on their tans, so I doubt skin cancer was given much thought.