Saturday, August 06, 2005
Nude Beaches And Dirndls
Many Europeans find the Americans prudish about sex and nudity. They have way more nude or topless beaches over there, and I have even known Germans to get quite self-righteous about it. (Warning! Ugly nude people!) (Truthfully, I do find Americans incredibly prudish about nakedness. It's a cultural thing, and I'm not self-righteous about it.)
So exposing your breasts to the sun on the beach is just fine, but....an employer, on the other hand, is supposed to provide adequate clothing for their employees to protect against the harmful rays of the sun. I guess you are only allowed to get skin cancer on your own time. And this is now a crisis for Biergartens:
Bavarian barmaids typically dress in a costume known as a "dirndl", a dress and apron with a tight, low-cut top whose figure-hugging effect is enhanced by a short white blouse.I guess it's going to be bad for business. This could be a new weapon for the anti-Hooters lobby; after all, our Supreme Court has referred to international law several times before. I can see it now - OSHA having to rule on Hooters' uniforms....
Under the EU's Optical Radiation Directive, employers of staff who work outdoors, including those in Bavaria's beer gardens, must ensure they cover up against the risk of sunburn....
"This is European law-making at its most pedantic," said Munich's mayor, Christian Ude. "A waitress is no longer allowed to wander round a beer garden with a plunging neckline. I would not want to enter a beer garden under these conditions."
Cover up you hussy! Don't you know you're going to get an ugly tan line that won't look good when you're naked on the beach?
How about the mayor who just won't be able to go in the beer joints if the barmaids aren't showing cleavage?
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