I was having a discussion with a female friend of mine just the other day, about how women dress in certain environments. My personal point of view is that I have no respect for girls who parade around shopping malls and such, intentionally dressed in revealing clothes and heavy make up. I view them as being willing subjects for men to drool over, and I think their focus on impressing and pleasing the opposite sex is nothing short of pathetic. I think my friend pretty much agreed with me there.
However, I suggested that I have no problem with girls hanging out at the beach in bikinis, and would not lose a shred of respect for a girl for doing so. Rather, I would have more respect for a girl who would wear a bikini at the beach, than one who wouldn't. My reason being that I feel the human body is in no way anything to be ashamed of, and there is no need to be over concious of how you appear to other people in the flesh, granted you are in an appropriate environment. For me the beach is somewhere people go to enjoy the sun, cool off, go for a swim, surf, have fun, and be able to get their gear off without worrying about offending anyone. It's expected, and accepted (by most), that people there will be wearing very little. I mean shit, I've spent a good part of my life on the beach, and I think it's downright unpleasant and uncomfortable to hang out in the sand, or the water, in clothes.
This is where I ran into problems with my friend. She thought my outlook was "ridiculous", and that it is no different for a girl to wear revealing clothes in a place such as a shopping mall, as it is for a girl to wear a bikini at the beach. Then she went into her routine about "oppression of females" and blah blah blah........
There are, of course, exceptions to both scenarios, but I mean in general.
Anybody wish to add any of their own thoughts to this?