If the SPD has its way, women and non-binary people will soon be allowed to swim shirtless in Amesbuttel pools.
Are all breasts the same? At least not in the pool. there, bare-chested, flat-chested swimming is mostly reserved for men. SPD Eimsbüttel wants to change that. Through a motion at the borough meeting, the parliamentary group wants to ensure that everyone who wants to can skip the top of the pool.
“Discrimination has no place in Amesbuttel”.
“The fact that such gender differences are emerging in 2022 is no longer relevant,” Paulina Reineke-Rügge of the SPD said in a press release on Sunday.
“It is clear to us that discriminatory dress codes have no place in Eimsbüttel.” Anyone who wants to should be allowed to go shirtless in the pool.
SPD needs support
Regulation should also lead to greater clarity. For example, when bathing regulations state “appropriate clothing”. That leaves a lot of room for interpretation. “Topless for everyone” should become a clear and modern rule.
On Thursday, June 30, the regional assembly will vote on the application. The SPD depends on support there, for example from the Greens, who have the most votes there. If the application is successful, the specialist body should work to ensure that women and non-binary people are also allowed to bathe topless in the interests of equal rights.
He imagines that this is non-bureaucratic. for example, rules for swimming in swimming pools may be adjusted. “It’s important for victims to know that you won’t be thrown out of the pool naked,” says Reinecke-Rüge. And not only in the pools in Eimsbüttel, but if possible in all of Hamburg.
“Topless”. discussion elsewhere in Germany
The discussion about the incident in Göttingen gave impetus to the application. there, a man with an uncovered chest was kicked out of the pool. She stated that she did not present herself as a woman, and the swimming pool described all that as a violation of bathing rules.
This led to discussions in local politics, with the result that women and non-binary people are now also allowed to swim shirtless in Göttingen’s pools. If only on weekends and during the test phase until August 31.
Sexualization of the female breast
These and similar cases became the occasion of the initiative “The same breast for all”, which campaigns, among others, with a petition, so that everyone, regardless of gender, can move around bare-chested. At least where flat-chested men are allowed.
The movement protests against the sexualization of women’s breasts. The first thing most children see is the breast,” the initiative writes. “How can it be that this is perceived in public as inappropriate for minors, as sexualized in itself?”