August 28th 2006 23:01
My experiences in Europe have opened my eyes to different cultures and the way that certain daily practices are considered fundamental in some cultures, yet in others they are frowned upon. This is especially true with public nudity. The beaches are full in the height of summer and comparing beaches in New Zealand with those in Europe are like chalk and cheese. Firstly I am not saying that I disapprove of nudity on beaches, but it takes getting used to.
In Sweden when I went on a recent holiday to the beach, I was amazed by the overall appearance of females on the beach. As a population they are very rich in slender blonde genes with fine facial features. The Swedes in general mainly wore bikinis although there were some people who went topless. Nothing is wrong with this. I just hate people who obviously partake in this practice looking for attention, and cringe if you lay your eyes anywhere near them. Is this not the reason for them partaking in such a practice?
This public nudity is also apparent in other parts of Europe, although it varies depending on the culture of people in that particular area. I recently visited Switzerland and they are far more reserved as people. They do not have as fine features as their northern European counterparts, but they more conservative as a result. They also wear far more on the beaches Do you think that public nudity is a sign of an attractive population?
This raises the interesting question of whether public nudity is part of a culture and embedded into young Europeans as children as being acceptable behaviour or do you think it is more of sexual practice seeking attention of other bathers as a grown up?
What is different about being naked in a sauna compared with naked on a beach?
Do so many Europeans not wear sunglasses on a beach to not appear to be perverts? Or do they just not want tan lines?
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