La Femme editor Gillian McAinsh takes a bright and breezy look at all things female
Friday, September 26, 2008
Most men should not wear Speedos
We may make an exception for Ryk ... Our fashion ed here at The Herald, http://www.theherald.co.za/ Barbara Robertson, passed on photographs of this new“modesty suit” from Speedo. In case you are wondering, it is not a joke, you can buy these and you’ll read about them in La Femme one of these days. In fact, the suits are a pretty good idea as they cut back radically on your risk of contracting skin cancer, always a worry here in sunny South Africa. Plus I would imagine there would be a market among Muslim women, who would love to romp in the surf at Hobie Beach but don’t want to be “bare”.
Now I would imagine that most women know already that there is an unwritten rule that no man, except for Ryk Neethling, may wear a Speedo. I could post a pic of Ryk wearing exactly that (and you'll find one at http://www.rykneethling.com/ ) but I fear it would be labelled a cheap shot so let’s rather take an example of man who is in flagrant disregard of this rule.
Sadly, very few men are aware of this rule. As cricket season gets moving, just take a lookaround Castle corner at St George’s and those magnificent bodies fed by the frothy brew. Those very same men are the ones who I reckon could consider buying themselves a modesty suit for the beach.
It is perhaps redundant to say there is no such rule for women. Of course, you do get the tannies from Gauteng who descend on our beaches at Christmas, broil themselves to a polony pink and then desport themselves in costumes that don’t cover half enough. However, on the whole, women don’t need this type of rule because we are often our own fiercest critics and hate being on the receiving end of the withering comments.
But take a look at these two photographs and tell me if there is not something just slightly crazy about it all ...
I am the women's editor at The Herald in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, working on the weekly tabloid insert La Femme. I believe men and women have more in common than they think ... OK, we do tend to eat more chocolate ... so this blog, although ostensibly about all things female - the F-World - is really a light-hearted look at life.