Go­ing top­less in On­tario? It’s com­pli­cated

Toronto Star - - WORLD -

Re On­tario city’s top­less pol­icy sparks complaint, July 11 Sev­eral years back, it be­came le­gal to go out top­less in pub­lic. But in Western cul­ture, naked breasts are a loaded is­sue be­cause they mean dif­fer­ent things at dif­fer­ent times. The breast is more than a food source for ba­bies or a snug­gle spot for a young child. For young girls, this new stage means they are grow­ing up. For older women, sag­ging breasts are a re­minder that youth has gone. Breasts are very much tied to body im­age for many peo­ple. For women who lose their breasts or part of their breasts to can­cer, an im­por­tant part of their body has been changed — for many, this is not an easy tran­si­tion. Breasts are com­pli­cated. Maria Van Zoomeren, Toronto

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