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The guide asserted, “Well, I think it was barbaric.

I don’t know what the rationale was for such a practice.” I didn’t press the issue, although I thought as a retired teacher he probably should have found out what the rationale was for the practice of nude swimming if he was going to comment on it.

But I at least had the experience of trying it under supervision.

These boys are younger than 9th grade, but the diving board looks similar to the one I remember in our high school pool. So a physical activity that I was actually good at has been removed.

So this article is an exercise in social history to discuss what was standard practice in America until the 1970s.

Boys swam naked in American high schools and sometimes teachers or coaches were naked too (although my swimming teacher always wore a swim suit). social history that a practice that millions of men experienced as boys has been suppressed in our collective memory.

Maybe it was because in swimming we shed those school-issued shorts that accentuated skinny legs.

Reasons for this Blog Article Why would I even be interested in responding to the issue of naked swimming in the schools in the old days with a blog article? First, here was a practice most men experienced as recently as fifty years ago, and is a living memory for many of us, and people don’t know about it.

But here’s the answer…or at least an answer: Tradition.

It was traditional for boys to swim naked and no one saw any reason to break with the tradition until cultural mores changed radically during the 1960s.

There may be issues of which I am ashamed, but my body is not one of them. So this is a fourth reason for writing this article.

Our society today tends to have crazy attitudes toward the body.

) attitudes and views, as if our attitudes and views can’t withstand the challenge of different standards.

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