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Why Is Europe Becoming More Prudish? Or Is It?

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European or at least countries like France, Germany, Sweden, etc have always had a reputation for being more open to things like topless on beaches, nudity in public parks, films and TV shoes that regularly show bare breasts - even on regular channels.

But is that changing and why?

For example a discussion of toplessness on French beaches shows that a once prevlant thing is now rarely seen except by old hags that no one gives a glance at! I recall taking my French son to the local piscine - great name for swimming pool - and nearly all women of any age were topless and the boys never seemed to get agog or whatever American boys would in a similar setting. I always thought that was a healthy thing. But now by French friends say topless is a thing of the past.

Germany - For years I saw blatant nudity in public parks - like Munich's Englischer Gardens - hundreds of naturalists laying all over - even right by the footpaths and no one batted an eye lash - now I hear such nudity in public parks is fairly rare.

Amsterdam - Vondel Park had once reserved secluded areas for open-air gay sex - not sure that is the case anymore.

Years ago in a youth hostel somewhere in Europe everyone in the room were commenting on Swedish guys sleeping naked - no pjs.

I recall seeing a volleyball game amongst high-school age kids in a German resort area and all the teen girls were topless - this I presume is no longer the case. It seemed so so normal to them all.

Iwonder why Europe seems to be getting more prudish and puritanical or is there some other explanation for the cover up?

Curious - would like to hear your experiences.

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