Bikini top that looks like bare breasts


The $28 Tata Top is a bikini top with nipples situated to suggest that the wearer is topless (should the wearer have skin color that matches the top, of course!). It's a pretty effective illusion, at least for the model used in the publicity photos, and the maker suggests it's a way to challenge discriminatory laws that hold that bare chested women in public are damaging to the social fabric, while men are able to wear as much or as little above the waist as they choose.

(via Crazy Abalone)

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  1. So the merkin predates Copernicus, and the tata top is not invented until the age of robotic exploration of the solar system. I have no idea what to make of that.

  2. I'm a little disappointed that it seems to only come in white.

  3. Think of it as coming in "tan lines" - it doesn't have to match exactly, though it would be cool if they had more options...

    Not really sure I need to see the matching bottoms, especially the dude version...

  4. Would completely transparent/sheer tops satisfy the letter of the law vis-à-vis boobphobic ordinances?

  5. I was on the beach in the South of France with my family yesterday. Some women did wear tops and some didn't, but the children were fine and didn't really notice. Nobody else paid much attention either and public morality didn't seem to suffer too much that day. It was fairly clear that the women were going topless for their own reasons and not to be looked at. The same applies in Spain, which is more religious. Even teenagers don't seem to act any differently around each other when some of them are girls with no top. This is about swimming/enjoying the beach, not sex. In contrast, the idea of topless women seems to be treated as almost exclusively about sex in the UK and USA and breasts seem to be considered as primarily sexual organs (so even breastfeeding in public is controversial).

    While there isn't the restriction for men on top, there's quite a bit of social pressure to cover up the bottom half. I once tried to wear tighter fitting swimming shorts (not speedos) in Kansas in an outdoor public pool because I wanted to swim laps and don't like having board shorts acting like a sea anchor. The dirty looks I got basically meant that I didn't risk it again.

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