We were almost kicked out because 7yo dd didn't have a bathing suit top. Update Pg 16
I can't get past the irony. Here I am, just having posted the "Boys can go topless why can't I?" post then I find myself in almost the exact same situation.
My family and I went to a city pool last weekend. I thought I packed everyone's bathing suit but I forgot DD's top. This pool is 30 mins away from our house and is only open for 2 1/2 hours so going back wasn't an option. I was just going to let her go topless but luckily one of the workers had a spare bathing suit top that dd could use. That made me think. I asked what would have happened if they didn't have one? She told me that we would be asked to leave. A female without a bathing suit top is inappropriate and would cause a distraction. I was dumbfounded. Here we are looking at 10's of shirtless little boys and men, my husband included, no one cared and yet my daughter would be asked to leave.
Audi looked up at me and asked, "What's wrong with my chest??" With that, my cause was born.
After swimming I asked to speak to the manager. I explained the situation and she responded the same. Girls have to wear swimming tops, if she didn't have one we would have to leave. Her reasons why wavered between amusing and infuriating.
#1 It's just the way things have always been done. Doesn't mean it's not time for a change?
#2 It's for sanitary reasons. What's unsanitary about my daughters chest?
#3 They want to protect her from perverts. Are perverts not also looking at bare chested boys?
#4 They have to follow the law. There is no law against prepubescent girls being topless in public.
#5 She could cause a distraction to other patrons. Someone getting riled up over the sight of my 7yo's chest is not my problem.
In the end she conceded that she really didn't have a good reason why and gave me the number for her boss. I called and his response was even more amusing. First he apologized for any inconvenience then he went on to say that this is the first time this situation has ever come up in the 33 years he's been working there. He wanted to tread carefully so if I could please give him a week he would contact his boss, his colleagues, the city and the police department to see if he could find any precedent for a case like this and come up with a solution.
All of this because a 7 year old girl wants to go swimming in her shorts just like the boys...