Be advised that this post contains many uncensored photos and videos of naked boys and men. These simply record what was normal in past years, and readers must view them in that context to fully appreciate them. Along with that, please know that this blog is written in the United States, and this post is reacting to conditions within that country.
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Fascinating article. The times were definitely different. I'm not entirely sure you could "sell" gender-separated nude swimming today, even if it was still needful for sanitation and safety. In Japan, by contrast, gender-separated nude bathing in "onsen" is still quite popular and socially acceptable. I would suggest that it is just a difference in cultures. During the summers in the 50's there were swim classes for boys at Wright Junior College where I learned to swim. After showering we walked into pool area single file where on of the "lifeguards" would check to see that we actually washed. One test was to rub a finger on our skin to see if any dirt rubbed off sort of like an eraser - use you imagination on the how the test was conducted. The test was conducted after we stepped through a pan of what I assumed was chlorine.
Nude swimming , or skinny dipping , is the practice of bathing naked , whether in natural bodies of water, in swimming pools , or in hot tubs. The term skinny-dip was first recorded in English in Thomas Guidott set up a medical practice in the English town of Bath in He became interested in the curative properties of the waters. In , he wrote A discourse of Bathe, and the hot waters there.
Apparently, in , as part of a freshman requirement for the city college he attended, all male students took a swim class at the YMCA. He remembers the instructor telling them something about it being more sanitary that way. Was his swim teacher some pervy old dude?