We simply got used to being together naked and there was a lot of mutual acceptance. But some men have reported that occasionally a female instructor served as a substitute swimming teacher for boys swimming naked in schools. More importantly, there was concern that bacteria could cling to woolen bathing suits and spread disease. They swam naked before pools were built. In the YMCA in particular, once women and girls were admitted into membership they had to be given equal access to the pool in the times in which children and youth could be in the Y facilities after school, weekends, summers. At first, swimming competitions did not draw a lot of spectators. The first one opened in Brooklyn, NY in
I think the first and most important benefit was self-acceptance.
Frank Answers About Swimming Naked
Perhaps with industrialization and urbanization there was nostalgia for simpler, freer times. In the post-Woodstock era women joined men in swimming naked in lakes and streams. Probably nothing too dangerous since she must have had to take it off for security, unless she was in Precheck, in which case, she could be hiding an American Yorkshire piglet under there for all I know. By NormNovember 12, at 9: The Romans added bathing to exercising. After the war public nakedness resumed in Germany and across Europe.