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.
Some even deny it happened because it doesn’t fit our current cultural mores.
I was never a good diver because I was nearsighted and was always worried about where I would land.
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.
It was undoubtedly traumatic that such a thing happened.
But thousands of boys had learned to dive off those boards, including me.
But many remain dissatisfied with their bodies because the results are never quite as perfect as they desired.
A fifth reason for writing this article is that religions have played a role in inculcating negative attitudes toward the body, for example, by their emphasis on modesty in dress.
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.