Mainly....there's lots of places for me to go to see shirtless men. An amusement park shouldn't be one of them. ;)
In one of my many trips to Cedar Point last year we actually saw two shirtless women. They did have bras on, and were trying to play it off as bathing suit tops. But anyone who is somewhat familiar with women's undergarments and bikini tops could easily tell the difference.
It was really trashy, two stereotypical biker looking women in thier late 30's in jeans and thier bras. Almost Gross.
Again, I say keep your shirts on!
(no offense meant to bikers here, as my mother-in-law rides, and I would too if I could afford a bike)
I was approached by a security guard and told I would have to put my shirt back on or leave the park. When I explained the situation we were told the girl would just have to deal with the embarassment or buy a park t-shirt.
I might be able to understand that IF the parks didn't let women walk around in just bikini tops that don't hide anything. What really is the big deal anyway? Ever been to a beach or over the the waterpark that most of these parks have anyway?
Shirts on for rides...that I understand.
I don't think I'm trashy. . .
TRY DOING A SEARCH!!!! ;) Just kiddin'... it's been awhile...
Anyway, I was always used to Six Flags Darien Lake's leignient policy where shirtless goes anywhere throughout the park. You see a lot of man-boobs, as well as the teens trying to show off their ripped abs.
I always thought of it as ok & acceptable, not because it turns me on (puh-lease), but because how many fat lards out there are proud to be showing off their kegger. I wouldn't think there'd be too many.
Then I went to Cedar Point in 2000 for the first time, and I saw that there were posted signs where nobody was allowed shirtless passed a certain point. I was a little floored and noticed everybody was obeying it.
It disappointed me a little because I had to put on a soaked shirt just so I could walk out of the park to change into a dry one instead of carrying the soaked shirt out... and putting it on made it a lil' chilly.
So I never saw it as being a problem...
There are lots of parks who don't give a rats behind... I think that being Six Flags properties & some indie parks... and there are those parks who won't allow it what-so-ever beyond their water park or desiginated areas.
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Personally I think it shouldnt be allowed for sanitary reasons as well as to protect the vision for every living object on the planet. But then again you have to commend people who are of a larger stature to be comfortable go topless. Although, for the most part I think people should keep shirts on unless in the waterpark or on a ride that allows the shirt to be taken off.
The situation I presented was that most of the people without shirts that day resembled bubble-gumballs bouncing down the midways, and when I once encountered a "ripped" guy without a shirt on coming from the waterpark, he was harshly told to put his shirt back on by a ride-op, and then laughed at by a woman who could barely walk her own massive gut down the midways, but felt the need to expose her bikini-clad body ... and of course, the woman walked past the same op without a word being said.
If its hot out, I don't see anything wrong with guys and girls (with some sort of sports bra or biniki top) without shirts on when its incredibly hot out. It's the same thing you'd see at a beach, and in Cedar Point's case, you can be in line for a ride and not be allowed to have your shirt off, but 50 feet away, no one one the beach has a shirt on. But I guess in the name of keeping some of the "less desirable" characters with their shirts on, everyone has to suffer the heat (and of course, buy drinks at $3 a pop ... )
Ban vulgar language. THAT detracts from the family atmosphere.
Ban smoking. THAT detracts from the family atmosphere.
Ban $2.50 bottles of water. THAT detracts from the family atmosphere.
The other reason is aesthetic- do you want to see naked people around you? Are other people responsible for looking great in your opinion?
I sometimes think, Americans have some issue with 'nudity' - and I think this has to do with the puritan tradition of the society in the U.S. more than anything.
I agree, I'd prefer to look at naked bodies when they're shapely, and many people don't have that kind of body, but on the other hand, I think well - that's the way god - or whatever you think - created us, so what's the big deal about it?
I think the most important thing is that you have to feel well yourself.
What I experienced during my time in the U.S. is that people generally get naked for reasons of "provoking" something - I'd say, just come over here to Germany in the summer and see people undress just because they like it sitting around in parks, in sauna-lands etc. - not because they want to engross, have sex, provoke, or any other questionable reason.
Get naked, but do it responsibly!
That being said, I could care less who goes around without a shirt whether they be large or small or whatever size. Doesnt matter. The fat ugly ones have just as much right to go topless as the good looking thin ones. Our society is so preoccupied with how people look. It shouldn't matter. I would gather to say that most of you *****ing about people not looking good without shirts wouldnt look too great without one either. I myself wouldnt go without a shirt but I'm sure not gonna rail on someone that does go without no matter how they look.
EDIT: My man superman above stole my thunder :) He's got the right idea. *** Edited 4/26/2004 6:48:52 PM UTC by Kick The Sky***