Toplessness refers to the state in which a woman's breasts , including her areola and nipples , are exposed, especially in a public place or in a visual medium. The male equivalent is barechestedness , also commonly called shirtlessness.
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However, media reports in recent years note that the number of women sunbathing topless on French beaches has markedly declined, and that younger French women have become more disapproving of exposing breasts in public. Physician at the Court of Siam p. The allowance of exercise and athletics for Spartan women, though highly looked down upon by the rest of the Greek world particularly Athens , was not seen as a freedom per se by the Spartans. The laws of Sparta were developed and written by Lycurgus, a legendary lawmaker who, in the 7th century BCE reorganized the political and social structure of the polis , transforming it into a strictly disciplined and collective society. Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History.
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Wilmington Morning Star. Isis , an Egyptian goddess who represented, among many other things, ideal motherhood, was often portrayed as suckling pharaohs , thereby confirming their divine status as rulers. In most Western societies, once girls enter adolescence , it is the social norm for them to behave modestly and cover their breasts in public.