September 25, 2022 #1 Local News, Forum, Information and Event Source for Venice Beach, California.

Top 10 Reasons There Will Be No Topless Bathing At Venice Beach

By Steve Stajich

Sorry to race right to the finale, but … there will not be any nude or “topless” sun bathing on Venice Beach. Not because of any lack of support for rights or women having parity in the ability to cast off their tops… but because I am offering this sensible list of Top 10 Reasons There Will No Topless Bathing At Venice Beach.

One: Sometimes, unlike the song “Bobby McGee”, freedom is actually another word for “Your idea is terrible.” The word “freedom” has been bantered about after a vote by the Venice Neighborhood Council asserting that allowing topless sunbathing for all would support women getting the same right as men to take off their upper body clothing. But where will that Council stand on defending the privacy of those women, if they are topless in a public space? Their privacy, or what we might call their freedom to be free without harassment or… Okay, this gets us to…

Two: Sorry that I wasn’t older during the 1950’s when a lot of Freudian thinking manifested itself in the early Playboy magazines. Because I might have been one of the voices who said about Playboy, “Fellas, I think this is going to make entire generations of males obsessed with certain parts of the female anatomy in a certain juvenile way.” Let me put that in digital terms: Enter “affordable colleges” into Bing… and you get 65 million results. Enter “big boobs”… and you get 94 million results. That’s too close, people, in a country trying to get smarter.

Three: There’s no argument that it helps… anything. Proponents have called it “a serious equality issue.” Perhaps, but again… that’s only if you are completely unaware of every single other thing that is happening in society. Would Venice ban children under 18… or are we to view the thinking here that somehow the long-term impacts would be educational, so the sign would read “Nude Venice: Fun for the Whole Family!”

Four: The idea that it’s a cultural statement is hooey. In an April 23 piece in the LA Times, the neighborhood council noted that Venice Beach was “founded and designed around the European culture of Venice, Italy” and that “topless sun bathing is commonplace throughout Europe, much of the rest of the world, and many places within the U.S.” But why stop at Italy? Let’s have the council vote for the sophisticated elegance of having mistresses as in France and to adopt the economy of Greece.

Five: This is the worst kind of nostalgia. Forty years ago, some Venice residents basked on the beach in the altogether. The LA Times reports that it brought media, creepy men in leisure suits with their cameras, and life guards struggled to bring people in from the surf who wore nothing the rescuers could hold on to. People say that revivals of burlesque shows are charming and quaint. Take sun, add beer, stir in groups of young men in their 20’s and 30’s… and I think the charm goes away and is replaced by something more akin to “Two and Half Men” if it had been produced for Spike by nine-year-olds.

Six: I think there’s a little bit of a denial in play, wherein women who would bare their breasts at a beach would achieve some sort of liberated and fair treatment and be recognized for a kind of social courage, rather than finding themselves objectified by observers who have no concern whatsoever for any thinking behind the women taking off their tops. That’s not right, it’s not us at our best, and it’s certainly not fair. But we’re talking about some serious rewriting of the code of male socialization here. Enter the name of “Mad Men” actress Christina Hendricks into your search engine and see how far male-dominated media has evolved since the “Playboy” era often represented in that series.

Seven: Um, this is what the Venice Neighborhood Council has time to dwell on? I’m dying to hear the connection between assisting the homeless in Venice and nude sunbathing. On second thought, if there is any kind of connection I’d rather not hear it.

Eight, Nine, and Ten: I readily concede that Americans have some real hang-ups when it comes to their bodies and the sexualizing of something as simple as lying out in the sun and not wanting the silhouette of a swimming suit on your tan. But you don’t magically erase retro attitudes overnight, and we’re already suffering a huge crisis of civility in this country. Make a sandwich out of Rush Limbaugh, “fans” beating other fans into mental handicap at baseball games, the too often banal level of attack in partisan politics, the reduction of important and critical social agendas to memes with pictures on them, the expression of anger against injustice by means of burning buildings, the shouting on television “discussion” shows, the Neanderthal insistence on gun “rights” in the face of gun deaths… and you don’t have any argument for untethering the civility of clothing.

Thanks for the chuckle, Venice. Now, everybody, back to work.

Tags: in Opinion
Related Posts

Retired LA Councilmember Ruth Galanter Endorses Erin Darling in CD-11

September 20, 2022

September 20, 2022

The iconic former Councilmember, a victim of a knife attack and slow-growth supporter for change was responsible for the transformation...

Assemblyman Richard Bloom Endorses Erin Darling for LA City Council!

September 20, 2022

September 20, 2022

Former Santa Monica Mayor joins long list of elected officials backing the Venice local By Nick Antonicello Richard Bloom, the...

Handicapping the “Big Four” Races Facing Venice Voters and the Rest of LA This November!

September 16, 2022

September 16, 2022

Political Consultant & Strategist Crystal M. Litz offers her insight and take on the LA Mayoral Campaign, the Race in...

Column: Why Is Park Campaign Placing Political Placards on Public Traffic Poles?

September 13, 2022

September 13, 2022

By Nick Antonicello Why would a supporter(s) of Traci Park place political placards on poles designed for traffic signage? This...

Column: LAHSA Claims 50% Reduction of Homeless Population in Venice, 39% Drop in CD-11!

September 12, 2022

September 12, 2022

By Nick Antonicello In what is being touted as an improvement of the homeless condition on the streets of Los...

Column: “Justice Does Matter”

September 7, 2022

September 7, 2022

Judicial candidate Patrick Hare seeks “collaborative versus adversarial” court system for LA County! By Nick Antonicello LA Public Defender Patrick...

Jane Fonda Pac Endorse Darling in CD-11!

September 6, 2022

September 6, 2022

By Nick Antonicello Jane Fonda, the longtime Hollywood actress and daughter of the legendary Henry Fonda has endorsed the candidacy...

Park Piles Up Building And Trades Support

September 2, 2022

September 2, 2022

Job Creation And Commitment To Working Families At Core Of Private Labor Support By Nick Antonicello  In a clear trend...

Scaling Up Solutions: Candidate Erin Darling Promises To Visit Homeless

September 2, 2022

September 2, 2022

Encampments, Status Quo Is “Not Working” By Nick Antonicello The Homeless Committee of the Venice Neighborhood Council (www.venicenc.org) hosted the...

These Nights The Lights Still Remain “Out” At The Venice Pier

August 30, 2022

August 30, 2022

A Yo! Venice Update These Nights The Lights Still Remain “Out” At The Venice Pier By Nick Antonicello It’s been...

Review: Marina del Rey Hotel’s Restaurant Gets Revamp

August 25, 2022

August 25, 2022

An almost-perfect meal at SALT By Sam Catanzaro SALT, the Marina del Rey Hotel’s dockside restaurant, recently got a complete...

LA City Controller Ron Galperin Endorses Traci Park for Council in CD-11!

August 22, 2022

August 22, 2022

Galperin joins Villaraigosa, Ma in Support of Venice employment attorney By Nick Antonicello Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin, the...

West LA Dems Deliver Overwhelming Endorsement of Erin Darling, Receives 80.6% of Club Ballots

August 16, 2022

August 16, 2022

Darling picks up additional labor support, Park secures the endorsement of California Treasurer Fiona Ma! By Nick Antonicello On a...

A Venice Eyesore: When Will Thoma’s #16 Be Finally Torn Down?

August 16, 2022

August 16, 2022

Abandoned for nearly a decade, when will someone do something? By Nick Antonicello It was never a  “Tomy’s” or even...