The following is a reprint of a blog post I made in July of 2010. It was posted on my TypePad blog. Some of the links below may not work. They are seven years old.
I posted in ShowMeBlog back sometime ago about nude swimming at the YMCA. That blog post gets a lot of traffic each day. It has had a lot of comments. Many of the people comment that it never took place.
It was normal and standard for boys swimming at the YMCA to swim nude. It was also normal at many schools all across the United States.
Many people today just can not believe that such a thing took place.
It just shows how crazy things have come now in the United States with sex, nudity, sin and religion.
I just notice that Wikipedia now has an article “Nude swimming.”
If you want see the post from ShowMeBlog : Swimming Nude in America and that was from April 23 of 2008.
The following from the Wikipedia article:
“…Before the YMCA began to admit females in the early 1960s, swimming trunks were not even allowed in the pools, and high school swimming classes for boys sometimes had similar policies, citing the impracticality of providing and maintaining sanitary swimming gear and clogging swimming pools’ filtration systems with lint fibers from the swimsuits. These practices were common because of the perception that there was nothing wrong or sexual about seeing members of the same gender in the nude, especially in these indoor contexts among equals in ‘birthday suit uniform’.
In some English schools, Manchester Grammar School for example, nude swimming was compulsory until the 1970s. This was also the case for some U.S. junior high schools. A 2006 Roper poll showed that 25% of all American adults had been skinny dipping at least once, and that 74% believed nude swimming should be tolerated at accepted locations.…”
I never did nude swimming when I was young. Hell, I do not know how to swim. Plus I am not sure I was ever at a YMCA. I had a cousin that was a year younger and he did swim nude at the YMCA near his home. I knew it at the time but they were poor and until a few years ago I was thinking that the YMCA just did it there because poor kids could not afford swimming suits. Then a few years ago I read on the web about nude swimming back in the “old days.” Smile
That would be an interesting poll for a TV station. Go out on the street and ask people if kids every did nude swimming at the YMCA and at schools years ago in the United States. I would be interested in the results.