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against sexism? Berlin public swimming pool? Sex will be allowed to swim topless

  Recently, according to foreign media reports such as the Associated Press, the British “Daily Mail” and the German “Der Spiegel”, the German capital Berlin announced that the city will soon allow women to be topless in public swimming pools like men. The new rules follow a successful anti-discrimination complaint and were hailed by a local anti-discrimination ombudsman as a step towards establishing “equal rights” for all city residents.
  Swimming in a public swimming pool with the upper body exposed is generally only for men and only men are allowed to do so, women are not allowed. Such common behavior is now considered by many to be sexist. In the past, women swimming in Berlin pools were asked to cover themselves or leave the pool if they exposed their private parts, and in severe cases, they were even banned from entering the pool in the future.
  According to reports, the trigger for the introduction of the new regulations was a complaint from a woman. In December 2022, a 33-year-old woman visited the facilities in a swimming pool in Berlin, during which she was asked by the staff to cover her chest. After she refused, she was kicked out of the pool by staff.

  The woman then lodged a complaint with Berlin’s equal treatment and anti-discrimination agency and sought equal treatment with the ombudsman’s office, requiring women to be topless as men. In her complaint, she pointed out that the swimming pool only requires customers to wear “commercially available swimwear” and does not have any gender-specific clothing regulations, but the staff drove her away. The discrimination complaint was successful.
  As soon as the information broke out, it caused a thousand waves.
  Opponents insist that women’s breasts need to be covered to prevent undesired temptations to men, and even crime. However, supporters believe that in the new era, people’s understanding of sex is becoming more and more comprehensive, both men and women should emancipate their minds, and women have the right to decide whether to wear tops to enter public swimming pools. Supporters also believe that nude swimming for women can help completely release their pressure, especially when sunbathing, it can promote blood circulation, which is comfortable and beneficial to physical health.
  There is a popular nudist culture in Germany called “FKK”, which is the abbreviation of “Free Body Culture (Frei-Körper-Kultur)”. Many people think it means relaxing, being in nature, enjoying freedom, and does not contain “sexual overtones”. This culture has become widely accepted in Germany, where many saunas are co-ed and require customers to undress for hygiene reasons.
  The German media explained that Germany “has a tolerant attitude towards ‘textile free’, and even likes it very much in some cases.” citizens are known for taking their clothes off without hesitation.”

  In fact, Berlin is not the first city to do this. As early as a year ago, “Forbes” magazine reported that in May 2022, the city of Göttingen, Germany, passed a temporary policy that allowed women to swim topless in public swimming pools every weekend, but this policy only started from that year. It expires from May 1st to the end of August.
  Another well-known city, Barcelona in Spain, introduced similar regulations earlier than the Germans. In August 2019, the Barcelona government announced that women are allowed to swim topless in public swimming pools. Because there have been complaints that many people discriminate against women who want to show more skin. A female government spokeswoman told CNN that topless women are completely normal and nothing new.
  The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) also pointed out in its report that Berlin allows women to go topless in public swimming pools that the question of whether nudity is allowed in public swimming pools and to what extent has been troubled by many German local authorities. The implementation date of the new regulations has not yet been determined.
  Women are free to go topless. Is this grandstanding, or is it really a fight for equality between men and women? What do you think?