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 48 Internal Flame The etiquette of a crush. 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 50 Close Knit Close Knit: Meet the weavers keeping traditional Egyptian tapestrymaking alive. Arts & Culture Issue 50 The Old Gays Inside a Californian TikTok “content house” of a very different stripe. Arts & Culture Issue 50 New Roots The Palestinian art and agriculture collective sowing seeds of community. Arts & Culture Issue 50 Angela Trimbur An all-out tour de force.