BEEFCAKE SWIMWEAR (BEEFCAKESWIMWEAR.COM)

Bitch: A Feminist Response to Pop Culture - - BITCH LIST - —KATE LESNIAK

When I was lit­tle, I had a pair of navy-blue Ba­hama shorts plas­tered with huge white flow­ers and cinched at the waist with a draw­string. I can’t re­mem­ber ever wear­ing them ex­cept for when I was in my room, wish­ing in my heart of hearts that I could sport swim trunks to the beach in­stead of a girly Speedo. That’s when I’d throw ’em on, peel off my t-shirt, and jump off my bed, all the while imag­in­ing that I was div­ing into a pool on a warm sum­mer day. In the 20 years since, not much has changed for folks who don’t quite fit into the bikini-or-board-shorts bi­nary. But here comes the sun, fi­nally! Meet Beefcake Swimwear, a queer-owned, Kick­s­tarter-funded com­pany that of­fers 1920s-in­spired one-piece suits. It’s made for those of us who want a sea­wor­thy out­fit that won’t force our looks back into the bi­nary.

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