So [as a Phuket resident] I’d like to comment here on how it is apparently perfectly acceptable for the male walking along the beach in the accompanying picture to have his nipples and rather prominent breasts uncovered.
I’m quite sure that up until the religion-obsessed colonialists began spreading their uptight, sexist anti-female doctrines, indigenous women walked around the tropics all over the globe, freely bare chested in order to best enjoy the cool breezes.
The genital-izing and criminalization of women’s chests has been fought in the US and women in New York City now enjoy freedom like most of their European counterparts.
I urge resistance to blatant, unfair sexism.
[A readers’ comments section will soon be added to the Gazette Online’s new Phuket Lifestyle pages – Ed.]
— Christy K. Sweet
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