Moobs. Man Boobs.

A familiar word in the UK, is it one that has travelled abroad? (Or did it even originate in the UK?)

This week, a funfair in Essex, a county on England’s east coast, decided to ban topless males from its grounds.

Not, strictly speaking, because overweight males put breasts larger than a thin woman on display, a display that offends some. I’m not bothered. An overweight male is likely to display such a physique, and I would suggest that, while overeating and over drinking may have made a male out of condition, and may thus be regarded as unhealthy, I also apply the naturist mantra that being comfortable in your own skin is the main issue. We’ve become obsessed with, and imprisoned by, the concept of industries…fashion, health, beauty…creating what is, for most, an unachievable yardstick to which we measure ourselves. Thus has grown a culture of fake tan, fake hair, fake nails, fake boobs….fake everything! And all because these industries must get their pound of flesh if we happen to be carrying the same in excess weight.

So men with their shirts off aren’t even something that should be making news. But they do.

Imagine the position reversed. Would women with shirts off be tolerated in a legal framework? No. They would risk arrest, and a police caution at the very least. If the world was equal, women would have had the right to go topless decades ago. If the world was equal, males parading topless in public would be subjected to the same legalities.



The odd thing is that we, society, worships and reveres large female breasts. Yes, ‘we’…males and females alike. Men are drawn to big boobs, and there’s practically an SL sub-culture going on with the mega-boobs industry. And women, if they don’t have them, generally want them, with boob jobs being possibly one of the top earning areas of cosmetic surgery.



In RL, I’m not overly well blessed in the boob department, but I’d never contemplate the surgeon’s knife to enhance myself.



I also feel there’s a sense of tyranny involved in headlines like that above, Miley Cyrus ‘feeling like a boy’ beforehand, the clear inference being she’s not all woman with a decent pair of boobs. And the reader should feel the same way….is essentially the sub-text. I don’t buy it.

In a world where we’re all shoe-horned into convenient boxes, pigeon-holed, demographicised, categorised and exposed to a need to make us ‘fit’, it’s rather nice that naturism allows us -naturists- to accept and acknowledge that there’s no perfect body, that we come in all shapes and sizes. Big boobs, small boobs, fat, thin and all sizes in between, large penises, small penises. After a while the tyranny of the fashion industry floats away and we begin to judge one another on the basis of their personality, not what size our boobs or penises are.

It’s something naturists have said for decades, to the point where it was -and maybe still is- cringing cliche. It also happens to be true.

So, fellas of Essex (and elsewhere), if you want to take that T-shirt off on a hot day, be my guest, and try to remember that it’s not illegal and the UK -for all of its surveillance culture and erosion of freedoms, still a reasonably free country. The one thing I would say in support of the theme park, and quite obviously linked to the old naturist etiquette of carrying and sitting on a towel (no one wants to sit on your sweat or sun tan oil) please put the shirts back on if you’re using the rides, or chairs in restaurants. And get your other half to apply sun block if you do strip off.


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