Be advised that this post contains many uncensored photos and videos of naked boys and men. These simply record what was normal in past years, and readers must view them in that context to fully appreciate them. Along with that, please know that this blog is written in the United States, and this post is reacting to conditions within that country. If you are a reader outside of the U. This was the post that drove saboteurs to try shutting down the blog on March 6th , its intended publication date. In past posts, this blog established that modern American prudery about everyday nudity is very young.
The origins of nude swimming can be found well before the guideline was published. When the first indoor pool opened at the Brooklyn YMCA in , the organization required men and boys to swim naked. Other reasons given by administrators during the era included concerns about the expense of bathing suits, newspaper articles of the time indicate. Others in favor of naked swimming said the practice prepared boys for adulthood. Many places adopted the practice before the decree. The same publication in featured a photograph of nude boys swimming at a pond at the Springfield, Mass. Images of naked adolescent boys swimming appeared in national publications, including Life Magazine. Boys who refused to swim naked were ostracized by other boys and sometimes coaches or instructors, documents and videos show. Syndicated columnist Ann Landers chided a boy who wrote to ask her advice about his reluctance to swim naked in front of his peers.
Nude swimming , or skinny dipping , is the practice of bathing naked , whether in natural bodies of water, in swimming pools , or in hot tubs. The term skinny-dip was first recorded in English in Thomas Guidott set up a medical practice in the English town of Bath in He became interested in the curative properties of the waters. In , he wrote A discourse of Bathe, and the hot waters there. Also, Some Enquiries into the Nature of the water. This brought the health-giving properties of the hot mineral waters to the attention of the aristocracy. By , working people had been visiting the coast to be 'dipped' for health or to 'bathe' for leisure for 'some time'.
I used to be religious when I was a kid. Takes some getting use to. I am a non-Mormon woman married to a Mormon manвwhich seems to be a less common scenario in the LDS world. It can't be antiMormon.