Rick Reilly tells the story of a woman's efforts to swim topless after a double mastectomy.
We have deeply ingrained social norms about what is and is not acceptable within public spaces. Certain cases come along that show that these norms often treat the world as though it is black and white without varying shades of gray. In this case, a woman who has had both of her breasts completely removed after breast cancer, discovered that conventional swimsuits physically pained her and she wanted to swim topless in a public pool. Controversy predictably ensued. What do you think? Big deal? Non-issue? Acceptable in public or not? Why?