I recently attended a reunion of the class of 1961 of Bennett High School in Buffalo, NY.As part of the weekend events we were given a tour of our high school to see what had changed and what remained the same.
Some even deny it happened because it doesn’t fit our current cultural mores.
Men don’t talk about it even if they were comfortable with the practice because the reactions are usually negative.
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.
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.Men also feel that they are physically inadequate when they compare their bodies to media-glamorized images of the male body.Even when I was a youth there were muscle magazines encouraging boys to bulk up so they wouldn’t be the skinny kid having sand kicked in his face on the beach—in front of his girl friend, who then walks off with the muscle guy!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.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. Updated September 27, 2017 People who didn’t experience this find it hard to believe that boys swam naked in the YMCAs and in school physical education classes from the time pools were first installed in these institutions in the late 19th century until the 1970s.