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Could be worse than bare butt cheeks. Just look at what Nantucket is doing...

 

Zachary

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This thread is gonna get bad quick, isn't it?

I believe parks have the right to determine for themselves what is and is not objectionable. I support park dress codes especially as they relate to content many people would find obscene.

The Water Parks/Beaches parallel is a bad one. One is (typically) a private business and the other is (typically) a publicly owned space. Hence, each is held to different standards legally and culturally.

I doubt Aquatica is actually policing attire in all but the absolute most egregious situations. This sign is likely just to encourage people to consider their attire in the context of a family park which I think is a perfectly reasonable thing to request.

To put it simply, in public spaces (like most beaches), I skew far more liberal on this issue. That said, in the case of a private business, I believe dress codes are perfectly reasonable.
 
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Jonesta6

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On the one hand that stance makes sense - a private business with outdoor spaces is likely to want to ensure as many potential guests as possible are comfortable during their visit. Dress codes are a way to assist this effort.

However - part of the reason why some may be uncomfortable is due to ingrained social norms. Things like the Free the Nipple movement are an effort to normalize exposing female breasts as a non-sexual cause. Though members of these movements practice in public spaces, the thing that would help their cause more is to practice anywhere male breasts are able to be exposed without restraint.

So... Assuming there's no drastic increase in assaults or harassment as a result, I think having private businesses on board to allow guests of all genders to go topless if they choose would help strengthen these movements
 

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I think there may be a practical issue, as well. A bathing suit is a layer of protection between you and a slide. I honestly can't imagine a body slide in a thong.

Beyond that, Aquatica is a a for-profit business and has an obvious interest in setting policies that are in keeping with general societal norms.
 
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The problem is by the time someone gets there and sees that sign they are already wearing or carrying their bathing suit. Most people do not bring multiple options with them.
 

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Could be worse than bare butt cheeks. Just look at what Nantucket is doing...

Been growing up spending my summers in southern France at the beach. Barely anyone was wearing tops there.
Do not see the problem with this.

And I can understand the reasoning very well after some of the man-boobs I saw at Water Country this year.
 

Jonesta6

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I think there may be a practical issue, as well. A bathing suit is a layer of protection between you and a slide. I honestly can't imagine a body slide in a thong.

Beyond that, Aquatica is a a for-profit business and has an obvious interest in setting policies that are in keeping with general societal norms.

Good points.

Btw, I do want to point out that in my previous comments I'm not necessarily advocating that anything should change, more just recognizing that having businesses alter dress codes helps with changing the social norms so that one day, perhaps, nobody will care that anyone's chest is exposed.
 

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I was at the beach a few weekends ago and noticed a few young women wearing thongs that barely exist (from the back it looks like they're not wearing anything). I saw this once a couple of years ago but it seems to have become a fashion trend. No problem at the beach but I agree with @Nicole that for a water slide you might want something more protective that provides addtional cover. Regarding the article, up to 3 years in prison for going topless seems a little excessive. I have to wonder what the judges criteria is for a full sentence of three years.
 

Jonesta6

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I was at the beach a few weekends ago and noticed a few young women wearing thongs that barely exist (from the back it looks like they're not wearing anything). I saw this once a couple of years ago but it seems to have become a fashion trend. No problem at the beach but I agree with @Nicole that for a water slide you might want something more protective that provides addtional cover. Regarding the article, up to 3 years in prison for going topless seems a little excessive. I have to wonder what the judges criteria is for a full sentence of three years.

I'd think that if that's on the books it's either unenforceable or there's a process in place to prevent the judge from discriminating based on how attractive they find the defendant (consciously or otherwise).
 

Jonesta6

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Sounds like someone is giving our political system too much credit.

Judicial policies should be above political reproach... But that discussion is best placed in the political thread.

Otherwise, if there wasn't any dress codes by either the park or law, I guess that people would figure out real quick how much skin-to-slide ratio is acceptable or painful.
 
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