Do Indian girls avoid swimming due to swimwear?

You can’t please everyone, and you can’t make everyone like you.”

                              - Katie Couric.

Social causes should not become a reason for someone to give up on hobbies and interests.

Is it the discomfort in showing the skin or a stereotypical belief that restricts Indian women from wearing the right swim fit?

There’s the right apparel for every occasion, and understanding that is enough to uphold values. Is it that women avoid swimming due to the “dress code,” or it is something else?

In the West, wearing swimwear on beaches, poolside getaways, and other such occasions is very common; however, women in India avoid swimming classes because apparently, the outfit goes against their’ values.’

Is it just the swim-fit that keeps Indian women from learning swimming lessons? Or, more reasons further exaggerate the cause.

Sometimes, the fear is not just in exposing the body; it is also the fear of body shaming that keeps women from wearing the right fit for the right occasion. The chubby belly and thighs make them feel unacceptable in clothes that flaunt the body parts. However, what one wears is ultimately an individual choice, and the fear of someone’s opinion about clothing should not be a reason for anyone to go against personal decisions. We need to be comfortable in our own bodies because that is the ultimate place for comfort for everyone.

“My great hope for us as young women is to start being kinder to ourselves so that we can be kinder to each other. To stop shaming ourselves and other people: ‘too fat, too skinny, too short, too tall, to anything.’ There’s a sense that we’re all ‘too’ something, and we’re all not enough. This is life. Our bodies change. Our minds change. Our hearts change.” 

                                                        -Emma Stone

When women build comfort in their bodies and feel light in wearing what they want, some men’s ugly stares or stares make them feel uncomfortable carrying certain outfits. The perception that women want attention needs a tremendous change. What women really want is a normal attitude towards their choices. 

It’s unacceptable in society! That’s the most probable reason for all that exists. The fear of opinions from someone else leads to a life that is prohibited from one’s desirable choices. Women know what to wear, when to wear it, and how to wear it. What integrates value with options is understanding what graces the purpose exceptionally well. 

Wearing swimsuits while swimming is as normal as wearing track pants while running, shorts while cycling, dance costumes while dancing, and everything related. As much as men are acceptable with just one undergarment while swimming, society must accept women in swimsuits without improper glaring and comments. That’s when we can grow into a decent socio-cultural country.

“Women should have choices, and Women should feel good in what they wear.”

                                 -Phoebe Phib

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