There are umpteen guidebooks to Paris available for the curious traveler, but until now, one burning question has gone unanswered: Where in the city can one find the highest concentration of braless women?
Pierre-Louis Colin, a former speechwriter for France’s foreign minister, has taken it upon himself to answer that question, among others, in the Guide des Jolies Femmes de Paris, or Guide to Pretty Women of Paris.
Reports Agence France-Presse: “Area by area, Colin notes the best observation posts — bars, supermarkets, parks, museums, metro trains — and the best times of day for the connoisseur to contemplate various Parisienne archetypes.”
Those archetypes include braless, G-string-sporting “trendy youth,” the “leisured bourgeois” who frequent fancy boutiques and cafes, and certain 40-to-60-year-old women he places under the rubric of “saucy maturity.” And that’s not all! If you’re wondering where to find the best place in Paris to look up women’s skirts as they climb a spiral staircase, Colin can help you out with that, too. Dude’s thought of everything.
Predictably, Colin laments how political correctness and American-style moralizing have interfered with good old-fashioned girl watching. But before you decide Colin’s just a charming rebel and this is all in good fun, check out this tidbit:
“Colin regrets, for instance, it is no longer possible to loiter contemplatively outside high schools because ‘current legislation and a certain form of collective psychosis have created a climate of suspicion that makes every admirer of young girls a rapist of children.’”
Yeah, what a shame that creepy old men can’t lurk on high school campuses in hopes of catching a glimpse of underage flesh anymore. Gasp! What civil liberties will they go after next?
Kate Harding is the co-author of "Lessons From the Fatosphere: Quit Dieting and Declare a Truce With Your Body" and has been a regular contributor to Salon's Broadsheet.More Kate Harding.