How far will we go to protect ourselves?

This was going to be a purely funny post about a trend that started a few years ago in China. Fair skin is prized over there so people are going to extraordinary lengths to protect their faces from the sun. Enter.. The Facekini.

I was surprised to learn that several European fashion houses actually incorporated this “trend” into their 2016 summer line up. Their gamble was that women in Western cultures would want to protect their skin from the sun’s damaging rays as well.


My question is probably an obvious one; if your motivation is to protect your skin from the sun, why would so much of it still be showing? I’m just not sure the woman picking out a revealing bathing suit like the one above is the same woman who will cover her face with a lizard mask.



But then again..what do I know?

Obviously covering every square inch of skin is more clear cut with children..


Judging from these pictures, drowning is also an additional, parental concern.

Like I said, this was really meant to be nothing more than a silly post about goofy stuff..but as I looked at these pictures through the lens of the horrific attack in France yesterday I realized that there’s a message here:

  We have to take care not to be swept up in neurotic, reflexive, restrictive and overwrought responses to that which threatens or worries us. Surely we can find a way to protect our loved ones, preserve our freedoms (esp our freedom of movement) and not become unrecognizable versions of our former selves in the process.

This is truly the challenge of our time.





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