Women can wear -- no, are encouraged to wear -- bikinis and clingy bathing suits. The thong is no longer a scandal; women's side straps leave little thigh unexposed. Show it off! And no snickering goes on; leering perhaps. But for me there is this cult of Speedo shame.
It's hard at first to work out what is going on in these images. The subjects have surrendered to their environment and must have no pretensions of privacy; they look as if they are sunbathing in the dark.