Swim Briefs, Bikinis, and Thongs Equal Exhibitionist?
So if you wear thongs or bikinis are you an exhibitionist? If you wear form fitting swimwear in general in public are you an exhibitionist? If we use the main definition of exhibitionism from Merriam-Webster website then the answer for sure is no. I’ll allow you to look that up yourself. If you go with their second definition then there may be an argument for it. Their second definition says, “the act or practice of behaving so as to attract attention to oneself.” Do this search on Google ‘define:exhibitionism’ you get a similar definition.
I’ve had an idea on my list called hidden exhibitionist for a while and someone brought up that I haven’t considered the exhibitionism/voyeurism aspect. So here I am bringing it up. After looking at the definition for both terms, I find it hard to consider myself an exhibitionist at all. Even the second definition doesn’t apply. I am not seeking attention when I wear a bikini or thong or a swim brief. If that were the case I would have no issues wearing them in public. I personally wear them first and foremost for myself, because I like how they look, feel, and make me feel. Read my post that talks a bit on my narcissistic side called Underwear (Swimwear) Narcissism.
Now of course when I wear a swim bikini brief in public I know it will be drawing some attention at least. Does knowing I’m wearing something that will most likely attract attention make it exhibitionism? If so, does a woman wearing a bikini to the beach make her an exhibitionist? I’m positive that attention is going to be drawn to her. I don’t know why a woman in form fitting swimwear should be treated any differently than a guy in form fitting swimwear. Just because it is not the norm for guys, doesn’t mean the guy is an exhibitionist. I look at it as trying to be a trailblazer.
Now the argument where wearing bikinis and thongs could be considering being an exhibitionist based on the second definition above. So it states the act or practice of trying to attract attention. Pushing the limits at a beach I see as exhibitionist behavior. I always say see what the ladies are wearing to judge what suit to wear. Personally I’d probably go a little conservative compared to them, but of course there are other factors like beach cliente, the number of beach goers, type of beach it is, etc. Another example I’ve read is the cutting out of lining to bulge more. So I would say that trying to bulge more sounds like an act to try and attract attention. Though you can buy suits that are made to accentuate the package more. Those are just a couple examples that could be consider exhibitionism.
To wrap it up the general wearing of bikinis, thongs, and/or swim briefs, I would say does not make the person wearing them an exhibitionist. It’s the pushing of limits for the particular beach or pool may it be the choice of swimsuit or the actions taken in the swimwear. Going out of one’s way to flaunt yourself being male or female aligns more with the definition of exhibitionist.