Gym class was a mix of all grade levels. Naked public bathing was once common across much of Europe. The American Public Health Association recommended in that the best prevention of the transmission of disease in the pools was to shower with soap and swim naked. An organization that had cultivated Christian male bonding found itself trying to suppress homosexuality in its ranks and developing a reputation as a family-centered social service organization. The YMCA advertised its swimming classes and ads usually informed parents that boys should bring a towel but not a swimming suit. He laid into us about teasing each other about our penises which I guess had just happened in the shower. Thanks to L B for pointing out that photos of mixed sex swim meets with boys swimming naked may have been photo shopped.
Until Fairly Recently, The YMCA Actually Required Swimmers To Be Nude
Another consideration was money. The younger children can get swim lessons before graduating and swimming in the lake. All the kids wear swim suits now. I heard that the boys swam in the nude, although I didn't see this with my own eyes. Alex, I am so old that it never occurred to me that there might be other than communal showers in schools. Why should other students and the teachers have to be subjected to body odor all day long from other students? I personally know two women who as girls spied on the boys.
A. Swimming Class News Articles - Historic Archives - Nude Male Swimming
The threat of an X rating also encouraged filmmakers to re-edit their films to achieve an R rating; one notable example of this was the satirical action film RoboCop, which had to be edited eleven times before it could attainan R rating If the rubber band was comfortable, it was also worthless. Newer Post Older Post Home. I'm sure I could have survived that sort of experience, but not being bothered is a different thing. Also poor body image is also a factor but without sport and healthy exercise to develop the young bodies the problem could be self perpetuating. Only saw one woman there, a doctor who came to the office of the AD, where she remained while I was in the vicinity.
Back in the 70s traveling to other high schools and finding out that many of them didn't have doors on the toilet stalls. It was really something to see all the adult men nude and seemingly unfazed by it, especially for a little gay boy like me, but I don't remember being all that weirded out by it. Baden Powell was the Youth Pastor of his day. Accuracy and availability may vary. But also interesting in this article is the congratulatory remarks the Sheboygan Press throws at the Department of Public Recreation by discussing how many families came to watch the swimmers: One school district was hit by a petition from parents demanding the school remove the policy.