It’s easy to take our modern Western society so seriously that we lose perspective and place our current cultural norms above those of other people. Although I grew up as an Australian in West Africa, at the time I still held onto my own foolish ideas of what was proper and correct. Now that I’ve seen a bit more of the world, I try to assess cultural differences in their proper context without judging them.

And there are distinct advantages to other cultures. Dress can be one of them. With my breastfeeding resulting in a sensitivity in very delicate areas, I start to look upon other forms of dress as more desirable. And with modesty a matter of culture, if I could transplant myself into another time and place, these are my current top picks.

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I could skip across the country to a rural Indigenous Australian community, where I could get away with going topless even in front of royalty!

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Another option would be to go back to Bongrabo, or any other pre-colonial African village, and wrap myself in a cloth from the waist down.

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Or I could join Queen Henrietta Maria in France in the 1600s in France. (However, since upper-class breasts were displayed as a sign of virginal youth... perhaps I wouldn't qualify.)

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If the French got too much for me, I could always take a boat across the Channel to Tudor England (and introduce myself to Shakespeare).

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The kalasiris of Ancient Egypt also allowed the bosom to hang freely.

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I wonder if the food of Ancient Crete would be worth a move to that time period? The dress certainly looks attractive.

So now you know.

I’m going to temporarily revoke our open-door policy. Please ring the doorbell before you walk into my house — it’ll give me a opportunity to cover up.

DISCLAIMER: All photos were taken from the www and aren’t my own.