Sweden: Swimming topless

Two Swedish women want full equality with men and demand to swim topless. The swimming pool throws them out. Since it's obviously not the norm for the 'regular' Swede, what does this have to do with Islam?

But a spokeswoman for the leisure complex stood by their decision not to allow the women to bathe topless.

"Swimming pools generally require men to wear swimming trunks and women to wear either bikinis or one piece swimsuits," Inger Grotteblad told The Local.

"There are three reasons for this. First, there is a security aspect, then there is a hygiene issue and finally there is what we call 'prevailing manners and customs'. It is above all this last point which is important here," she added.

She also pointed out that the swimming complex always needed to bear in mind the preferences of its guests.

"We have a lot of visitors here, ranging from families with children to the elderly. We also have people from different ethnic backgrounds. We want all of them to be able to enjoy themselves when they come here.

"This issue is new to us and we welcome the debate. It is important that everybody gets to voice their opinion, from families with children to naturists, older people and Muslim women. We have asked our governing body to look into this and hope they will come back to us with recommendations," said Grotteblad.

Source: The Local (English)


FreeSpeech said...

People moving to a western country should learn to control their impulses. Seeing topless women swim is a good exercise. If they feel they can't control themselves, they beeter go out, drive to some lonely forest and, well, just blow themselves up.

Anonymous said...

Surely this shouldn't be an issue at all? Sheikh Faisal Mawlawi clearly states "...If this demand (for a women-only pool) was not achieved, a Muslim woman is not allowed to swim in public and mixed swimming pools". If it bothers you, just don't go!!