So Janet Street-Porter reckons no woman over 20 should be seen out in a bikini – HERE is what she says. Really, Janet? Well, I’m here to tell you that I’m going to carry on wearing my bikini with… well, perhaps not pride, but certainly with defiance.
OK, I’ll admit her article is funny. I can relate to her description of walking to the sea sucking everything in so much you look like you need the loo. But I really, really don’t agree with the series of old-fashioned assumptions she makes.
- She assumes that women wear bikinis to look alluring.They don’t.
- She assumes that only skinny people look good in bikinis. They don’t.
- She assumes we all want to be a “pin-up”. We don’t.
- And she assumes that if you don’t look alluring (by whatever standards) in a bikini you shouldn’t wear it. Nonsense.
I’ll be the first to admit my body isn’t lithe all over like a model’s (though I should note it wasn’t when I was 16, either). There are bits of it that move independently, without my permission. And having children hasn’t left it unscathed. As I’ve said before, I don’t always feel super-confident in a bikini. But why the hell shouldn’t I clothe my body in two tiny strips of fabric if I want to? Why shouldn’t I “cavort” (her word, not mine) on the beach looking my age and enjoying the sun on my skin?
So sorry, Janet. I’m 47 and I’m going to carry on wearing a bikini for as long as I like. To the beach, to the swimming pool, wherever the hell I fancy. And if that’s not OK with you, that’s OK by me.