Depending on where a woman
is in the world, she learns from her elders which parts of her
body must be kept covered in public. As a female visiting with
different cultures around the globe, it's wise for Journey Women
to know when and what... to uncover or... not uncover...
Come upon a women undressed
Laotian woman covers her breasts
In China, (before
the revolution) she covered her feet
In Sumatra it's
her knees that she hides
And in Samoa she
quickly covers her navel.
Should She or Shouldn't
In India, a female's
upper arms are considered sensual areas of the body and
therefore should not be exposed in public.
In North America,
when sunbathing at the beach, a woman is more apt to remove
the top rather than the bottom of her bikini.
In Mali, West Africa,
women will more easily expose their breasts than their
thighs. Shorts seem to be acceptable only for the times
when women take part in sporting events.
In France topless
sunbathing is considered the norm. Neither men nor women
think anything of it.
Outside the big
cities in Egypt, local women might swim entirely clothed
in accordance with their religious beliefs.
In Rio, even grandmothers
wear bikinis. A one-piece bathing suit is unheard of.
Words on Disrobing...
When actor Julie
Roberts was asked to do a nude movie scene, she declined
There are certain
people who should know what you look like naked. I just
don't think your high school algebra teacher should be
one of them.
Thoughts on Her Body...
Her Body Language
We should be provided
with a new body about the age of thirty or so when we
have learned to attend to it with consideration.
(Freya Stark, Letters from Syria , 1942)
If God had to give
women wrinkles, he might at least have put them on the
soles of her feet.
(Ninon de Lenclos, 1957)
Her large hips fluttered
as if a bird imprisoned in her pelvis was attempting flight.
(Maya Angelou, The Heart of a Woman, 1981)
What Should I Wear,
Journeywoman, we believe that the way a woman dresses
or undresses as she moves around the world is very important.
- It affects her
- It affects her
- It can make or
break her travel adventure.
- (And, if she packs
too much, carrying her bags can make her very tired,
very cranky and very vulnerable!)
clothing tips in over 50 countries, why not check our
Journeywoman feature entitled, "What
Should I Wear?"
(Source: Helen Couton - The Gift of Touch, Her Own Way -
Advice for the woman traveller, What Should I Wear, Journeywoman
files, Do's and Taboos Around the World)