We put patches of fabric over what are no more adult breasts than their brothers have. But does covering them up really protect girls? What is clear to any observer is that the nipples of a girl — pretty much from birth — must be covered. Surely normal sexual attraction among adults is far more common than paedophilia. It is related, she says, to our cultural discomfort with breastfeeding in public.
We're punishing children, not the small minority of predators.
I bought one of those separate bottoms for my daughter, thinking that it would be absurd to buy a top to go with it. Forcing little girls to cover up, and particularly putting them in bikinis, feels to me rather like putting them in a burkini - we're saying that there's something shameful about their bodies, that pieces of material can protect against predatory men and so we have to cover it up. Oedipus aside, sexual feelings from parent to child are not normal. Read more from Women. The swimsuit debate may seem frivolous — it is, after all, just clothing, right?