Thursday, June 19, 2008

The Washington Post is reading my thoughts

From yesterday's Washington Post:

. . . girlfriends and spouses who look at [men without shirts] and think: That's just unfair. A woman can't strip to her waist, not without breaking the law anyway. And even if a woman is willing to break the law, nobody would consider her shirtless. She'd be considered topless. There is no such thing as a shirtless woman, just like there's no such thing as a topless man.

For the record, I have this exact thought all summer long.


Gilahi said...

Surely this is a holdover from old styles. Men wear shirts. Women wear various articles of clothing (including shirts) to cover the top halves of their bodies. A woman could be shirtless and still be covered. Women wear "tops", but you never hear of a man wearing a "top".

That's my rationalization and I'm sticking with it.

dara said...

Still, two points remain: (1) There's a world of difference between "topless" and "shirtless" and (2) even if it's 110 degrees outside, women can't just walk around topless, unlike men, who can walk around shirtless.

matt said...

Topless-ness for everyone! That's my vote. I've never understood why guy chests are ok to be seen but woman chests need to be kept secreted away.