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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Women With Mastectomies Can Now Officially Swim Topless in Seattle Public Pools

Posted by on Tue, Nov 20, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Jodi Jaecks can now swim in this pool.
  • Jodi Jaecks can now swim in this pool.
If you're a breast cancer survivor who's undergone a double mastectomy, or a transgender man, congratulations: You may now execute topless breaststrokes to your heart's content in any of the city's public swimming pools without fear of being censured by city employees.

On November 7, Christopher Williams, superintendent of the Seattle Parks Department, signed off on new rules outlining acceptable swimwear and guidelines on how employees should respond to people who require special accommodations to swim comfortably. "I have directed staff to implement the recommendations beginning immediately," Williams writes in a letter. Some of the recommendations are typical Seattle woo-woo speak (.pdf), but here's the meat of the swimwear change:


The changes come five months after the Seattle parks department banned Jodi Jaecks, a woman with a double mastectomy, from swimming topless in Seattle's Medgar Evers Pool because the sight of her bare (albeit breastless) chest was deemed inappropriate.

In addition, all public pool signage will be updated to read, "You are welcome to enjoy this facility. Please wear appropriate swimwear. If you feel you need an individual accommodation, we invite you speak with the Pool or Swim Beach Coordinator." All coordinators are being retrained this month with a special emphasis on "strengthen[ing] welcoming access" for everybody.

Jaecks, who helped craft the new language, says she's excited for the changes but hasn't yet taken an inaugural swim. "I have intended to, but my work schedule keeps getting in the way," she says. "I am so looking forward to getting that initial dip out of the way!"


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passionate_jus 8
I'm not sure why women can't be topfree anywhere a man is. Breasts are not sex organs; they are for feeding children.

Damn our society is stupid at times!
Posted by passionate_jus on November 21, 2012 at 9:50 AM · Report this
raku 7
So are the state equal rights amendment and city equal rights law just jokes? I cannot believe how government and businesses can keep getting away with sexist rules with no consequence. Can you imagine if this was done with any other protected class?
Posted by raku on November 21, 2012 at 7:51 AM · Report this
Genitals--- non gender specific
Buttocks (thong)----- non gender specific
Breasts----gender specific

?.... Is this age related?
Is pubic hair "genitalia"...
Do "man boobs" count if they are big enough?
Are there minimum square inch size definitions???
Is "Plumbers Butt Crack' display (serious swim trunk sag) the same level of offense as labial display or emphasis(camel toe or low cut bikini)?
What about a "Chili Pepper Sock'??

Enquiring minds want to see pictures...;-D GBSEGWW
Posted by pupuguru on November 20, 2012 at 1:14 PM · Report this
Nightmare@4: Yeah, because burn victims, people who've had cancer, amputees, etc, they're all "circus freaks", especially if they want to get their freak on, by, you know, going for a swim. I can't imagine a worse nightmare than having in to live 24-7 in your twisted head. Condolences, freak.
Posted by Eric from Boulder on November 20, 2012 at 12:58 PM · Report this
/sexist clothing rules? When a rule is specific to gender, it deserves scrutiny.
Posted by wxPDX on November 20, 2012 at 11:41 AM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 2
How soon until we can do away with puritan clothing rules entirely?
Posted by Urgutha Forka on November 20, 2012 at 11:35 AM · Report this
Too bad they felt the need for that second point, but at least it is progress.
Posted by Hanoumatoi on November 20, 2012 at 11:33 AM · Report this

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