In modern times, the legality of sunbathing bare-breasted might seem like a question for women only. But back in the 1930s, it was American men campaigning to “free the nipple” after the shirtless success of Johnny Weissmuller in 1932’s Tarzan the Ape Man, and Clark Gable in 1934’s It Happened One Night awakened them to the liberating possibility of wearing something other than a full swimming costume to the beach. Only after a number of protests (42 men who swam This story is from Kinfolk Issue Forty Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 27 Good Grief Avoid the impulse to give a grieving person space. Reach out without the expectation of a prompt reply, says etiquette expert Margaret Shepherd. Arts & Culture Issue 47 Alice Sheppard On dance as a channel to commune with the body—even when it hurts. Arts & Culture Issue 47 Dr. Woo Meet the tattoo artist who's inked LA. Arts & Culture Issue 47 Walt Odets The author and clinical psychologist on why self-acceptance is the key to a gay man's well-being. Arts & Culture Fashion Issue 47 A Picture of Health Xiaopeng Yuan photographs the world’s weirdest wellness cures. Arts & Culture Issue 47 Chani Nicholas and Sonya Passi Inside the astrology company on a mission to prove workplace well-being is more than a corporate tagline.