‘French fashion historian Olivier Saillard got it spot on when he said: “The emancipation of swimwear has always been linked to the emancipation of women.”
So says Andrea on Shiny Style http://www.shinystyle.tv/2009/11/why_bikinis_in_public_swimming.html
But she also says
However, just because a leisure centre deems it acceptable it doesn’t make it right. In my eyes there’s a time and place for everything (take note Jordan) and wearing a bikini in a public swimming pool is as wrong as Cheryl Cole’s David Koma dress, or a pair of winter crocs complete with socks . With perfectly acceptable sensible swimwear out there no one needs to bare all at the local pool.
As a serious swimmer (coughs) I think she has a point. Not sure she is going to get her way though.