It's Metafilter's 20th anniversary! To celebrate, scan some cats or help fund Mefi! Don't all schools require bathing suits?
The story I'm about to tell you is true. You will not believe it. Nevertheless, the events are accurate and factual.
When I was growing up, my family bought a white-and-red lake cottage with flaking paint and moss-covered shingles. Mud Lake was aptly named. Our feet sank into the sludgy bottom, and weeds grew underwater.
Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about. Greece students complaining of having to change for gym class have no idea what their grandfathers endured. A link has been sent to your friend's email address.
The tortured explanation seemed to, er, satisfy the coaches who had to keep watch! Apparently, requiring that boys swim nude when segregated from girls in both public and school swimming pools was very common across the U. I find it surprising that naked swimming in school pools was that widespread, was tolerated in the uptight '50s and is almost never depicted or referred to in movies or books.
This isn't a joke or a hoax. I have heard from several reliable, independent sources that prior to nudity was mandatory in Duluth's junior-high swim classes. The classes weren't co-ed, of course; there were separate classes for boys and girls.
Okay, I have earlier mentioned our incredible ability to talk around this house. Swimming lessons have been the subject of one of those repetitive talks lately. But then, last week we finally turned talk into action and put the girls back into swimming lessons after 8 months of absence.
Driving without seat belts. Smoking while pregnant. Voting for Nixon. Let that little thought nugget sink into your head for a second or two.
Nude swimmingor skinny dippingis the practice of bathing nakedwhether in natural bodies of water, in swimming poolsor in hot tubs. The term dipping refers to the practice of being immersed in spring waters for health reasons at spa towns. The widespread social convention and practice in 21st century Western nations is for swimmers--especially in public places--to wear swimsuits.