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Bikini contest
A bikini contest is a beauty contest where women compete against each other in bikinis. Bikini contests can take place in bars, nightclubs, strip clubs at beaches, and beauty pageants. Related companies regularly sponsor such contests to discover and attract new talents to promote their products. Bikini contests can also take place over the Internet by women submitting pictures of themselves in bikinis.
Thongs are descended from the earliest form of clothing, the loincloth, which were generally a male's clothing item. Thongs are similar to g-strings, the main difference being that thongs have more material between the legs and back whereas a g-string has less, usually an actual "string" of material. The first direct descendant of the loincloth, in the direction of thong, was the jockstrap, created by Chicago sporting goods company Sharp & Smith in 1874. More recently, men's thong wear has begun to gain popularity for fit and supportiveness, especially for activities such as running, exercising, at the gym, or as daily wear. Thong underwear for males are similar to an athletic supporter, as they both provide support while using minimum fabric. Nevertheless, the typical athletic supporter is not a thong as the straps at the rear are not at the garment's center.

A primary advantage of thong underwear is that when wearing close cut jeans or pants you don't have visible lines from the underwear. Thongs can also be more supportive, more comfortable, provide increased freedom of movement, and minimize tan lines when sunbathing.

It is becoming more common for men to wear thong swimsuits on the public beaches. Men in thongs can be spotted on the more cosmopolitan beaches in the USA and Europe. The number of women wearing thongs to the beach still out numbers the men, by a good margin, but modern discussions of thong swimsuits will generally refer to both men and women.

And while the thong represented 24 percent of the $2.5 billion annual market in women's underwear, it stopped growing since end of 2004.[13] By 2007, accounted for only 12 per cent of the knicker market.[8]

visible panty line (VPL) is a big part of the success of these undergarments
The New York Times claimed that the thong, with straps worn high over the hips, exposed by fashionable low-rise jeans and Juicy Couture sweat pants, became a public icon. It says, "Just as Madonna made bras a public garment in the 1980's, Ms. Lewinsky, Britney Spears and Paris Hilton transformed women's panties into a provocative garment intended for public display." It also quoted web sites chronicling bad celebrity thong moments, including a caption on — "Ginger Spice in a fiery red thong with the tag hanging out — CLASSY!"[13]
A tanga is an undergarment and swimwear for both sexes which has no material around the sides other than the waist band. A string tanga is a type of tanga swimwear which has the waist band replaced with strings which are tied. The term originated from the Kimbundu term "ntanga", meaning loincloth. Often, the name tanga is used to refer to thongs or g-strings as well.
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  • Vida Samadzai (b. February 22, 1978) is Miss Afghanistan 2003. As the first Afghan woman to participate in an international beauty pageant since 1974, her appearance in a red bikini in the 2003 edition of Miss Earth pageant created controversy in her native country.

    Cheryl Tiegs is best known for her long-running affiliation with the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, which featured her on the cover in 1970, 1975, and 1983. The 1978 poster of her in a pink bikini became an iconic 1970s pop culture image.

    Elle Macpherson has the most swimsuite covers, 5.

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    YouTube - Will the c-string replace the g-string?
    The end of panty lines! the end of wedgies..
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    History of the String Bikini Featuring former model and the inventor Rose de Primo
    Bill Day's fun look at a very small piece of fashion history.
    Speedophobia forum at
    The Bikini Turns 60:
    Bikini girls making waves, BBC, 2004-08-25; Olympic volleyball 2004

    Forget the G-string - can ANYONE wear the new C-string? By ALICE SMELLIE for the
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    Wicked Weasel’s trademarked Microminimus style – which was launched in 1999. ranks as the world’s number one site under three categories: “bikinis”, “swimwear” and “womens”.
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    So times change, as well as views on sexuality, nudity, and the human body. Each society and culture has its own views, and inside each has subcultures with differing views and values.
    The 60s in Brazil
     gave the world a new more revealing bikini
    The thong bikini, which first appeared in Brazil in the 1970s was slow to be adopted in North America but since the dawn of the 3rd millennium has been increasing popularity on the beaches of North America and even more so as a practical undergarment.

    Perhaps no decade has had and continues to have as great an impact on global multicultural society as the sixties. This was also the period when Rio de Janeiro's urban beach culture rose up to become known throughout the Brazilian body-beautiful culture is fun and flirty, and the people love anything that is pleasing to the eye. The bikini best represents this social leap involving body consciousness, moral concerns, and sexual attitudes.

    In modern clothing, thongs first became popular as a swimsuit style in Brazil. The origin of the word "thong" is from the Old English thwong, a flexible leather cord. The Brazilian thong, can be defined as where the back of the suit is so thin that it disappears into the buttocks or bunda. Fashion designers claimed the origin of the thong bikini to be from the traditional clothing of Amazonian tribal groups in Brazil.

    So much style and breaking fashion in such small pieces of fabric. In Brazil there are no lines drawn over what body type can wear a bikini. It has been many decades since the very pregnant mother to be made headlines wearing a bikini. Hot babes, teens, and old ladies all will wear one and it simply says they feel good about their bodies and themselves.

    Today, Brazilian bikinis generally measure from 2-3 inches smaller than their American counterparts, in any direction. Brazilian bikini tops are significantly smaller than the American counterparts, while Brazilian bikini bottoms are cut lower at the back.



    by Ana P, 2007-02-05:
    "There's nothing wrong with nudity on TV, the human body is beautiful and should be showcased, also sex is a natural thing, a beautiful thing...

    Telling kids to not have sex only will make them want do. Remember when you were young and your parents told you to no go somewhere? What did you do? You went there, right? We are not sluts just because we are ok with nudity and open sexually. USA was founded by Puritans that believed nudity and sex is evil and god forbid if we say we enjoy sex. Women can never say they enjoy sex, they just do because it is their obligation.
    I am a neo-feminist and believe in women's sexual liberation. I believe in educating kids about sex.....

    Expressing one's sexuality has nothing to do with having sex with a lot of people. See you guys are always linking nudity and being sexually open with having sex and being promiscuous. I happily married for 5 years , I don't cheat but I am very free about my body.
    Like I said everything here has to have a sexual connection. Example: Me and my girlfriend walking around holding hands and someone yelling at us: get a room, girls! We are not lesbians just friends and friends do hold hands.

    by bo, 2007-02-05:
    the "culture" of brazil promotes women as sex objects. All one has to do is turn on his tv on sunday in brazil and see on nearly every brazilian channel you have gorgeous girls shaking their nearly totally nude asses in front of the tv. What does that promote?? For women to be aerospace engineers??
    A brazilian, 2007-02-05:
    None of those women are forced to do such and aren't prevented from following a carreer and studying. Americans can't accept the fact that some women actually enjoy sex and enjoy such things. Sex and nudity aren't things that should be avoided as if they were bad.
    e harmony, 2007-02-05:
    This is a pretty stupid comment when not taking in to account many areas of Brazil's renowned body culture. I mean Brazilian male beach wear are popularly small, tight, speedos. That is like the opposite of what is popular amongst U.S. males for beach wear (baggy shorts)....Brazil is like ancient Rome and Greece in her appreciation for the male and female form. One upping antiquity,
    Brazil perfected the physique of the emerging third-gender [source]
    Brazil has never claimed to have the answers but we do admire their zest for life and Carnaval. Brazil was the LAST country in the Americas to have a law against domestic violence and it has been slow to recognize women's rights. Today Brazil is emerging as a global economic power and more people want to understand its culture and relationship with spirituality. [more]
     Martha Rocha. She is the legendary "2 inches too many" that lost her a Miss Universe contest in the 1960s. According to legend her hips her were 2 inches bigger than her bust. From that time on, it is frequently said that Brazilian women (unlike Americans or Europeans) have big bundas and small seios.
    According to legend, Raimunda is a woman "Feia de rosto, mas boa de bunda". It rhymes: Raimunda and bunda. "Bunda" is the popular term for the human rear end. In Brazil, everybody knows what you mean if you say she is a "Raimunda", a woman with an ugly face, but a good body (or bunda).
    1964: monokini
    A big development came from Rudi Gernreich, when his monokini was introduced in 1964. With its thin straps attached directly to the bottom brief, the wearer's entire upper torso was revealed, to the dismay of more conservative bathers

    In the 1960s, the monokini led the way into the sexual revolution by emphasizing a woman’s personal freedom of dress, even when her attire was provocative and exposed more skin than had been the norm during the more conservative 1950s. Today, many monokinis are designed as the ultimate in sexy swimwear, using chains, strings, and strategic strips of fabric to join the upper and lower portions of the suit while still covering the basics of the female form.

    Also the term monokini has come to be used to indicate any topless swimsuit, particularly a bikini bottom worn without a bikini top.

    A stick-on style of Microkini attaches with adhesive.
    A stick-on style of Microkini attaches with adhesive.
    The designs for both women and men typically use only enough fabric to cover the genitalia. Any additional straps are merely to keep the garment attached to the wearer’s body. Some variations of the microkini use adhesive or wire to hold the fabric in place over the genitals. These designs do not require any additional side straps to keep the garment in place.
    The modern microkini’s origins can be traced back to the early-1970’s in Venice Beach, California, USA, where, after legislation was passed banning nudity there, beach regulars began making their own tiny bathing suits to comply with the new laws. [More]
    The tankini is a swimsuit combining a tank top and a bikini bottom. A string bikini is a more revealing alternative style where both top and bottom are reduced to triangles of cloth connected by strings. This type of swimwear is considered by some to provide modesty closer to a one piece suit with the convenience of a two piece suit, e.g. the entire suit need not be removed in order to use a lavatory.
    whale tail
    A "whale tail" - when a thong is visible above the waistline of the trousers or skirt.
    A "whale tail" - when a thong is visible above the waistline of the trousers or skirt
    Thong vs. G-string
    Thongs as underwear — a traditional thong on the left, a G-string on the right
    Thongs as underwear — a traditional thong on the left, a G-string on the right
    Sling Bikini
    A sling bikini is a one-piece woman's swimsuit which provides as little coverage as a bikini. Usually, it is worn like a bikini bottom with the side straps, instead of going around the hips or waist, extending upwards to cover the breasts and go over the shoulders, leaving the entire sides of the torso uncovered. The straps then reach down the back to become a thong.


    Men's Bikinis

    -Speedos & Sungas

    In recent years, many underwear retailers have begun selling Men’s bikini underwear. For men, a bikini is a type of undergarment that is smaller and more revealing than men’s briefs. Sometimes the term bikini is used to describe the type of man’s swimsuit also known as a speedo although men’s bikini swimsuits do exist that are not brief like. Men’s bikinis can have both high or low side panels and normally rest lower than the true waist or at the upper hips. Most men’s bikinis lack a button or flap front. Many do not have a visible waistband like briefs.
    A sunga is a Brazilian term for a men’s swimsuit. The bikini to U.S. citizens is typically a small bikini, but in Brazil—andMen' SILVER FOIL Brazil Style Bottom Cut Swim Brief especially Rio—you’ll see the sunga. It is a modern and updated men’s bikini. The shape is similar, but the side is an inch thicker: it’s a cross between a bikini and a square cut.
    Speedo Blogging Gems
    "Once again the media and straight men (and some women) are trying to scare the general public into thinking that something is wrong with trying to be comfortable and practical and wearing a Speedo. If you go to Europe, many public swimming pools only allow racing suits. (Paris public indoor pool next to the police station has a big sign showing only Speedos are allowed.)
    When I go to the beach or pool or a cruise, I proudly wear a Speedo. I'm 46, and in good shape and athletic, but all bodies look better in Speedos that big floppy swim suits. I know I may be alone in this thought, but I believe it to be true.
    I go to a gym with mostly straight me. You may be surprised to see the number of Speedo tan lines on men who don't wear a Speedo in the pool or hot tube. The are wearing them somewhere and must think they look good in them to some degree.
    Speedophobia forum at
    "Men too wear sungas (Speedo) to the beach and pool for many reasons none of which have to do with their sexual preference. The Speedo is similar to the underwear Brazilian men wear. Their underwear is different from ours. To see a Brazilian man's underwear and a Speedo made of the same material, anyone would say they are the same.

    Because Speedo's are made of less material and cover less of the man's body, they are lighter and cooler. They also allow the man to get a tan on 95 percent of his body that he can then show off to the rest of the population. Why would he want a tan?
    [more on being a single American male in Brazil  ]




    The EU country where the Roman Catholic church is most influential is Malta which has strong Carnaval traditions. Here a bikini battle took more time to be introduced than anywhere else in Europe. In the 1960s the police fended off Bishop Michael Gonzi's request to ban bikini clad tourists following fear of compromising Malta as a tourist destination. Malta Labour Party girls felt protected to put on bikinis during beach parties but this was unacceptable by those supporting the Nationalist Party.

    In Brazil
    In 1948, three Argentine girls caused a storm on the beach by sunbaking in two-piece swimsuits on the beaches of Rio Sul. This moment has been cited as the point where Rio de Janeiro would determinedly march to the forefront in world swimwear fashion.
    The Garota from Ipaneam, Helô was one of the few girls on Ipanema beach to wear a two-piece swimsuit. It may be difficult to perceive a time when the beaches of Rio only entertained modest swimsuits but it did seem to notice the sensation the French Riveira was able to enjoy by shrinking the amount of fabric used in a woman's swimsuit.  
    Bikini Contests at Ipanema Beach
    The global hit inspired bikini contests which is turn inspired the bikini aesthetic less is more

    "When the “Girl from Ipanema” contests that Vinicius de Moraes reacted against continued, the girls who took part knew they were being compared to a girl who wore a two-piece swimsuit.  So they knew they had to become daring.  As daring as Helô at first, then more daring than the previous year’s winner as the contests continued. "

     The Girl From Ipanema by S J Shepkowski © 2005

    The more daring the girls became, the skimpier the swimsuits became. The bikini represented freedom for woman to express her best.  In the 1970s, the lower part of the bikini is further reduced in size, as the Brazilian thong becomes more popular.


    Rose de Primo

    Inventor of the String Bikini

    History of the String Bikini @ Featuring former model and the inventor Rose de Primo
    It is claimed that Brazilian fashion model Rose de Primo created the first string bikini for a photoshoot. She was hired to don a bikini for a fashion shoot but did not own one herself. She had no money to purchase one, so she took it upon herself to sew a bikini together the night before the photoshoot. She didn’t have enough fabric to cover her assets, so she ended up tying the pieces together with string. She showed up at the photoshoot wearing her string bikini and it was a hit.

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    The French Quarter: world famous for breasts also unleashed full backsides on North America. New Orleans Carnival gets special coverage from
    The first formal presentation of string bikini was done by Glen Tororich, a public relations agent, and his wife Brandi Perret-DuJon, a fashion model, for the opening of Le Petite Centre, a shopping area in the French Quarter of the New Orleans, Louisiana in 1974.
    A PR agent, Mr. Tortorich, and his wife were shopping at a local boutique when he saw a picture in Women’s Wear Daily newspaper that featured Brazilian women on the beach wearing the string bikinis. He knew that this would gain attention, so he contacted a local fashion designer, Lapin, to create some string bikinis based on the picture he saw in the paper. The media was there at the event and sure enough, the string bikinis gained national attention as the pictures were distributed to AP and UPI. Models recruited by talent agent Peter Dasigner presented it by removing fur coats by Alberto Lemon on stage.


    Brazilian Bikini types
    There are three  popular Brazilian bikini designs. The first is the printed Brazilian bikini featuring vibrant colors and loud patterns. The second is the solid Brazilian bikini that is has one solid color, be it dark, light, plain, or neon bright which allows it to blend easily with louder fashion accessories.

    Finally there is the authentic Brazilian string bikini which is more scantier revealing than traditional bikinis. It gets its name from the string characteristics of its design. Rather than featuring a full single piece bottom, the string bikini consists of two triangular shaped pieces connected at the groin but not at the sides. Depending on the details it shows off your bunda by being as close to backless as possible.

    The backless bikini bottom was first made popular on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro in the 70s.
    Underwear - string back
    Underwear - triangle back


    A woman wearing a minimal T-string that causes very few tan lines.
    A woman wearing a minimal T-string that causes very few tan lines. Note difference with G-string
    the C-string; as narrow as a G-string but without the band around the waist, leaving just a "c-shaped" piece between the legs held in place firmly by a flexible internal frame.
    The lower part of the bikini was further reduced in size in the 1970s to the Brazilian thong, where the back of the suit is so thin that it disappears into the buttocks. In Brazil,  the buttocks are especially admired and emphasized. Originally the style of thong swimsuit had rear area became so narrow that it would disappear between the wearer's buttocks. G-string or thong is probably the earliest form of clothing known to mankind

    There are also three main types of Brazilian bikini tops exist,  the triangle top, the tie top, and halter-top bikini. The Brazilian bikini triangle top consists of two triangle patches of fabric that are usually held in place with a set of string ties that reach around the back and neck. The tie top also called the Bandeau top is a sort of snug, minimal tube top, with or without center strings to tie behind the neck. Meanwhile, the halter-top is similar to the triangle style but uses slightly more material.

    By the late 1980s, the design (for females) had made its way into most of the Western world, thong and G-string underwear became more and more popular through the 1990s. At the beginning of the 21st century, thong underwear is one of the fastest-selling styles among women. One advantage attributed to the wearing of thong underwear is that no visible panty line can be seen even under a thin, light-colored or skin-tight garment

     While it has been some time since Goya would make a breakthrough in erotic art and paint the first showing of pubic hair. It is universally respected that this minimal string bikini requires a Brazilian Wax. A whole other topic entirely.  


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    The C-String Thong is nicknamed "Invisible Underwear" You can wear it under the sheerest clothes and there won't be any panty lines.
    The retailers will tell you that " the C-String has a flexible internal frame that hugs and holds it to the body both securely and comfortably. Your modesty remains safely covered at all times. "
    "As well as being sexy, elegant and completely unique, it is also the nearest to naked a woman can get without going commando."
    Early reviewers said they need a perfect body for full exposure but make sense for sunbathing and hiding waist bands. With regards to the comfort factor:

     "I would definitely recommend it for sunbathing. "It's perfect for laying on the beach and getting an all-over tan like you've been sitting in the sun naked."But it felt so weird. It really grips you and isn't very comfortable when moving around.

     "All of us agree that long heels are totally uncomfortable but we wear them a lot...and maybe we love them much!

    Self Adhesive Panties:

    Pioneered by Rio de Janeiro's Carnival

    invisible self adhesive panties:

    ♥ Does not mark or deform the body
    ♥ Very attractive.. as if you DSC_0192.jpgwere not wearing anything
    ♥ You can wear it with any garment, formal, casual, sports wear, tihgt fitting clothes.
    ♥ So comfortable you can even wear it pregnant
    ♥ You can use it with a panty liner
    ♥ Hygienic and Hypoallergic
    ♥ One size fits all
    ♥ Nude colour
    At the 2008 Rio Carnaval the judges invoked the long-standing penalty against going bottomless, by Sao Clemente for breaking a rule against display of genitalia when Viviane Castro, 25, a model and dancer, had lost her original "tapasexo" -- a small triangle 1.6-inch patch,of glitter used to cover the most intimate parts of her body. An improvised substitute glued between her legs right before the show also fell off on the parade strip. [more]

    Beauty Queen contests
    Since 1951 when bikinis were banned from the Miss World contest they have continued to create controversy.

    "I know that ... it caused a lot of controversy and I didn't feel comfortable wearing it ... because it's not just my culture, But wearing the two-piece bathing suit was necessary to qualify for the contest, ... "I would like to make people aware that, as Afghan women, we are talented, intelligent and beautiful,...Now, women can go to school, go to work, they're free. They don't have to wear those long burqas anymore."  Vida Samadzai told reporters.

    In 1996, when the Miss World contest was held in Bangalore, a dozen Indian groups opposed the event claiming that the contest degraded women by featuring them in bikinis. Social activist Subhashini Ali commented, “It’s not an IQ test. Neither is it a charity show. It’s a beauty contest in which these things have been added on as sops.” The protests were so intense that the organizers were finally compelled to shift the venue of the “Swimsuit Round” to Seychelles.
    Afghan Miss Earth 2003 contestant Vida Samadzai was severely condemned by the Afghan Supreme Court, which said, "Women who show their bodies without clothes in front of people are completely against Shariah (Islamic) law, against Islam and against the culture of the Afghan people," 

    Sports Bikini
    1993: The "sports bikini." gains traction as womenBeach_Volleyball-2007.jpg continue their inevitable rise from their former role as the lesser sex.  That the hugging halter-top design is so popular is credited to Volleyball queen Gabrielle Reece and MTV. [more}

    In 2004 Olympic Games, inclusion of bikini-clad athletes raised eyebrows, while a controversy broke out around bikini-clad cheerleaders performing at a beach volleyball match. The costume stirred up a controversy at 2006 Asian Games at Doha, Qatar, and Iraqi team did not wear the conventional costume. In 2007 South Pacific Games, players were made to wear shorts and cropped sports tops instead of bikinis.

    Brazilians join the Greeks,  Romans and French in celebrating the human body as an art form

    In the 18th  century this statue was thought to illustrate a story from classical antiquity of two girls in Syracuse who were trying to decide which of them had the more shapely buttocks. The story is recorded in Athenaeus' Deipnosophists 12.554 c-e. and goes as follows:

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    Venus Kallipygos, whose beautiful buttocks were considered so powerful that she was place in the secret room containing the many explicit erotic objects recovered from the Roman resort City of Pompeii
    "The people of those days were so attached to their sensual pleasures that they even went so far as to dedicate a temple to Aphrodite of the Beautiful Buttocks, for the following reason. Once upon a time a farmer had two beautiful daughters. One day these girls, getting into a

     dispute as to which one had a more beautiful backside,  and went onto the public street. And by chance a young man was passing by, the son of a rich old man. They showed themselves to him, and when he saw them he voted in favor of the older girl. And in fact, falling in love with her,when he got back to town, he took to his bed and told his younger brother everything that had happened. And the younger brother also went to the country and saw the girls, and he fell in love with the other daughter. And so when the boys' father tried to get them to marry someone of the upper classes, he couldn't persuade his sons, and so he brought the girls in from the country, with their father's permission, and married them to his sons. And so these girls were called fair-buttocked by the citizens, as Cercidas of Megalopolis says in his Iambic Verses: "There was a pair of beautiful-buttocked girls in Syracuse." And so these girls, when they got wealthy and famous, founded a temple of Aphrodite and called the goddess the Fair-buttocked as Archelaus tells us in his Iambic Verses."

    The statue was eventually placed in a secret room in the Naples Archeological Museum whose entry was sealed with bricks in 1849.
    The ancient Greeks and Romans who athletes performed nude had a great appreciation for the aesthetics of the human body [more]
    Who shouldn't wear the bikini.
    "Women today are very liberated in how they feel about their bodies and comfortable with who they are, and they want to show it!" ---Malia Mills
    But the 1970s saw the rise of models like Cheryl Tiegs, who possessed the athletic figure that, for the most part, remains in vogue today. The advent of this lean ideal led many women to wonder:

    Who, exactly, should wear the bikini? In the 1960s, Emily Post decreed, "It is for perfect figures only, and for the very young." Since then, though, a number of swimwear designers (most notably Malia Mills) have encouraged women of all ages and body types to take up the style.

    Mills says that women of all shapes are discovering that two pieces just fit better, no matter their body shape. "We find that very few women come into our stores and say, '1 can't wear a two-piece,'" says Mills, who sells tops and bottoms separately to provide the perfect fit. "Women today are very liberated in how they feel about their bodies and comfortable with who they are, and they want to show it!"

    Many magazines market themselves by placing a woman in a bikini on the cover. Because of the influence of the media, women try to lose weight before the summer so they can have the ideal "bikini body." These weight loss goals are often unrealistic and unhealthy in their means and result. The image of the bikini in the media sometimes brings about eating disorders in people striving to have the "perfect" body.

    Bikini History Part I which actually began with the Roman baths.

    Sex and the Church in Brazil
    Can bikinis be too exciting?
    Bikini's are at the boundaries of proprietary and while they no longer shock they contain vast potential for titillation and what happens next is a concern to all.

    Brazil is world's largest Roman Catholic country with over 140 million members or about 75% of the population. As part of AIDS prevention, the Brazilian government gives away 35 million free condoms in the streets for their Carnival season. The Brazilian National Bishops' Council (CNBB) created the AIDS Pastoral Commission in 1997 and has quietly gone along with the health oriented campaign although there have been incidents such as Brazilian singer, Daniela Mercury, having her 2006 invitation to participate in the Vatican's Christmas Concert cancelled due to helping to promote safe sex. On the other hand, abortions are illegal except in case of life endangerment. A recent development was an order by the Health Ministry, stating that just a denounce of the rape to police is enough to allow theBale_Mulato.jpg public health system to perform such abortions. This measure has faced strong opposition from the Catholic Church.

    In 2005 Brazilian officials refused $40 million in US. AIDS grants because of a Bush administration requirement that HIV/AIDS organizations seeking funding to provide services in other countries must pledge to oppose commercial sex work. According to some HIV/AIDS advocates including the United Nations, Brazil has been a "model" for combating HIV/AIDS with its "accepting, open" policies toward commercial sex workers, injection drug users, men who have sex with men and other "high-risk" groups.

    Dr. Pedro Chequer is part of the chorus for for a national referendum on abortion in Brazil

     "We can't control (the disease) with principles that are Manichean, theological, fundamentalist and Shiite," Pedro Chequer, director of Brazil's AIDS program and chair of the national commission that decided to refuse the grants, said, adding that the commission -- which includes cabinet ministers, scientists and AIDS advocates -- viewed the Bush administration policy as "interference that harms the Brazilian policy regarding diversity, ethical principles and human rights."

    Much of this freedom is reflected in television programs broadcast throughout Brazil, especially in the country's famed soap operas that deal openly with sexual issues. But even as television has pushed the limits of permissiveness, more freedom for the adolescent has not been accompanied by better education to instill the necessary responsibility. In 2008 Brazilian officials began a campaign to install condom machines in every school. The 2008 official campaign for safe sex campaign, intorduced each year for the Carnaval, features the slogan: “With condoms, the good feeling goes on after the party is over.”

    Brazil May-2007: Pope Benedict XVI makes his first trip to the Western Hemisphere with an agenda that included fighting the "growing influence of postmodern hedonist secularism," During his visit to Brazil May 9-13, Benedict repeatedly railed against legalized contraception as a threat to "the future of the peoples" of Latin America.
    Less than a month later an expanded program of government-backed birth control measures was announded by President Silva who said the plan will give poor Brazilians "the same right that the wealthy have to plan the number of children they want."

    "Show me the virgins"

    Rio June-2008
    "Show me the virgins" said
    supermodel Gisele Bunchen when asked to comment on the Pope's message to the Brazilian people

    The teenage birth rate is the statistic most carefully watched by health educators. Rates according to wikipedia range from South Korea with 3 teenage pregnancies per 1000 women ages 15-19 to United Kingdom 20; Russia 30; United States 53
    Brazil 73; Bangladesh 117 & Niger 233

    Prostitution is legal in Brazil, but people who promote sex tourism can be charged and the government is active in discouraging the thriving industry. After Thailand, Brazil has the second-largest number of underage prostitutes in the world, about 500,000, according to UNICEF. President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva pledged to make fighting sexual exploitation of children one of his top priorities after taking office in 2003.

     The 80 year old Pope Benedict XVI made his first trip to the Western Hemisphere in May of 2007 with an agenda that included addressing how to fight the "growing influence of postmodern hedonist secularism," which is seen as dramatically eroding the traditionalvalues of the predominantly Catholic continent.

     In Brazil, religions are not mutually exclusive, therefore for every Saint one may light a candle to, there is an equivalent Orixá (a major deity in candomblé that corresponds to a saint or religious figure in Christianity), that many feel they should also name, just to be safe.

    Perhaps Brazil's most revered goddess of the moment is supermodel Gisele Bunchen who was asked to comment on these topics the month following the Pope's visit. Her most repeated point was these rules were made for an earlier culture.

    "Today no one is a virgin when they get married ... show me someone who's a virgin!" she said.

    Asked about abortion, Gisele said a woman should have the right to choose what is best for her. "If she thinks she doesn't have the money or the emotional condition to raise a child, why should she give birth?"

    Gisele is rumored to be planning to start a family with star Boston Patriot quarterback Tom Brady who is originally from San Francisco.  "It's ridiculous to ban contraceptives -- you only have to think of the diseases that are transmitted without them. I think it should be compulsory to use a contraceptive."

    About 4,000 women die from the back-office abortion procedures annually, making it the fourth leading cause of maternal death in Brazil after hypertension, hemorrhages and infections. It is estimated that  Brazilian women have 800,000 illegal abortions  each year.

    President Lula Silva says he personally opposes abortion, he favors a national debate on the issue.  His Health Minister Jose Temporao has called for a national referendum on abortion.   The Catholic Bishops of Brazil are organizing opposition.[more]


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