A much-hyped protest for the right to go topless on Rio de Janeiro’s beaches fell flat on Dec. 21 last year when only a handful of women bared their chests for the movement.
More than 100 photojournalists stampeded across the golden sands of Ipanema beach when the first woman took off her bikini top to flout Brazilian law. Just three or four other women joined in.
“A breast isn’t dangerous!” said Olga Salon, a 73-year-old Rio native, as she stripped off her black tank top. “It’s a false-Puritanism and indicative of our macho culture that we have a law forbidding that a woman can go topless.”
Internationally, Brazil has a reputation as a nation of liberal sexual mores, where nudity is not only tolerated but enthusiastically embraced during Carnival parades. The hundreds of thousands of foreigners who will descend on Brazil for this year’s World Cup and the Olympics a year later will indeed see the famed “dental floss” bikinis that expose the wearer’s rear end.
Under Brazil’s penal code, which dates back to the 1940s, however, female toplessness is an “obscene act,” punishable by three months to a year in prison, or fines.
1. fall flat v. phr.
未達預期效果；失敗 (wei4 da2 yu4 qi2 xiao4 guo3; shi1 bai4)
例: This marketing strategy fell flat. (這套行銷策略失敗了。)
2. stampede v.
大批湧來；爭先恐後奔竄 (da4 pi1 yong3 lai2; zheng1 xian1 kong3 hou4 ben1 cuan4)
例: A false fire alarm caused the crowd to stampede outside the building.
3. flout v.
藐視；輕蔑 (miao3 shi4; qing1 mie4)
例: He was charged for flouting court orders. (他因藐視法院命令遭起訴。)