Women set to go topless in public swimming pools after discrimination complaint

Nudists rejoice, because German officials have announced that women can now go swimming topless in all of Berlin's public pools.

The decision was made after a woman made a discrimination complaint after being banned from doing so.

The new bathing rules allow everyone to go swimming without covering their torsos – both men and women.

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The woman, whose identity was not revealed, had turned to the senate’s ombudsman’s office for equal treatment to demand that women, like men, can swim topless, the Berlin senate for justice, diversity and anti-discrimination said in a written statement.

In reaction to the complaint and the ombudsman’s involvement in the case, the Berliner Baederbetriebe, which runs the city’s public pools, decided to change its clothing rules.

Doris Liebscher, the head of the ombudsperson’s office, said: “The ombudsperson’s office very much welcomes the decision of the Baederbetriebe, because it establishes equal rights for all Berliners, whether male, female or non-binary, and because it also creates legal certainty for the staff at the Baederbetriebe.

“Now it is important that the regulation is applied consistently and that no more expulsions or house bans are issued.

In the past, women who bared their breasts at Berlin pools were asked to cover themselves or to leave the pool, and were sometimes banned from returning.

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It was not immediately clear when exactly the new bathing rules would be applied, but they went down very well on social media.

One wrote: “Honestly shocked this wasn't already the norm in Germany.

And a second posted on Twitter: “This is not the big deal that commentors here think it is.

“Most beaches and bathing areas are already topless in Germany.

“It’s just not a big thing.”

However, a third added: “There are both men and women who are better off not going topless.”

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