Munich’s topless women spark heated debate about nudity as temperatures soar across Europe
Germans have been flocking to lakes and pools to cool off as the country experiences a heatwave. A group of women sunbathing on the banks of Munich’s Isar River over the weekend were ordered to cover up by security guards.
However, other sunbathers were outraged at the clampdown and took their own bikini tops off in solidarity, Süddeutsche Zeitung reports. The security guards then called the police, who told the women they had to cover up.Also on rt.com German Transport Ministry gets dressed down after releasing ‘naked’ bike safety ad
The Green Party has taken the issue to Munich’s city council to be debated. “It’s incomprehensible if men can lie in the sun topless but not women,” said the Greens’ Dominik Krause.
The Christian Social Union (CSU) has gone in the other direction and introduced an urgent motion Wednesday calling for the bathing costume statutes of Munich to be amended “to the effect that bathing costumes must completely cover” the breasts and genitals.Also on rt.com ‘My body should be celebrated’: Teacher sacked over topless selfie sues for sexual discrimination
Germany allows nudity but only in designated areas, of which there are six in Munich. An ordinance on naked swimming applies to the rest of the city and says people must wear swimwear.
Locals complained on Twitter that they thought Munich “stood for tolerance” and are appalled at women being told to cover up, with some suggesting Germany has become too ‘prudish’ in recent years for topless sunbathing to be considered acceptable.
When did Germans become prudes? I worked there for 2 years about 20 yrs ago and on my walks always came across naked people sunbathing. Also from the office window we could see people walking around their gardens nude.— Daz (@DazSanddancer) June 26, 2019
Note to Men:Breasts are not 'sex organs.'— FOP30 (@SOPage30) June 26, 2019
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