The Bikini Debate

Summer is here and we all know what that means…It’s beach season!  For some women, the work outs during the winter have paid off as it’s also bikini season.  But, recently there has been an increase in the “Bikini Debate.”

It was announced several days ago that, Vietri Sul Mare’s Mayor has banned women from wearing bikinis outside of the beach areas.  This is because he deemed it inappropriate to be showing that much skin in town.  Now, for those of you who don’t know, Vietri Sul Mare is located on the southern coast of Italy and literally means “Vietri on the sea.”  Hm. Interesting.  Hate to break it to you, Mister Mayor, but it seems to me like your town is built on the beach.

The biggest controversy over the bikini that I can take note of is the Jessica Rey incident.  Rey has designed her own line of one piece “modest” swimsuits and to help promote it, she delivered this speech.

If I’m to be honest here, I actually like her speech.  It was well done.  Organized and specific.  I don’t necessarily agree with certain points, such as our “innate” need to be “modest” or what the implications the research in which “scantily-dressed” women were viewed as objects propose.

Her speech sparked a huge debate.  I’ve read a lot of blogs and articles on this topic.  But it seems to me, that a lot of the “pro-modesty” blogs propagate the mentality of “victim-blaming”.  I’ve read a lot of “bikinis are a temptation to men” and “think how hard it is for them to control themselves.”  I think we need to give men more credit here.  They’re not animals who are unable to control their actions.  Decent men exist…and guess what, despite all the complaints, they are EVERYWHERE.

But here are my two cents.  “Modest” or “exposed”, if you like it, if it makes you feel comfortable, then heck, dress so.  Just make sure you look good. ;)

Stop using men as a scapegoat.  If they’re the only “reason” you’ve got for condemning how much the bikini exposes, then you need a better argument.  Besides, according to my friend, she’s a bigger danger to half naked men than half naked women are to most men.  (So, let’s discuss those thongs and speedos, eh, guys?)

And both sides need to stop the “too ugly” reasons.  One pieces and bikinis are both cute.  Here’s proof.

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