Where did Boys Not Wear Swimming Trunks in 1952?

fountainhall
Posts: 1633
Joined: Fri Jan 27, 2017 11:45 am
Location: Bangkok
Liked: 136 times
Been liked: 411 times

#31 Re: Where did Boys Not Wear Swimming Trunks in 1952?

Postby fountainhall » Tue Apr 24, 2018 3:58 pm

No nude swimming in my school pool either - and it did have a pool! Earlier in the thread a poster speculated what might happen re nudity in 50 years time. I guess none of us here is likely to be around to know. But I’ll speculate that as extremist views are becoming generally more adopted around the globe, the world is in for another dose of Victorian prudery. Do what you will behind closed doors (unless your country/province has adopted Shariah law as in Aceh in Indonesia in which case even behind closed doors you have no guarantee of safety), but adopt society’s norms in public. Sad to think that in Asia those boys and young men in Bali who had no qualms about disrobing and bathing in public after work 35 years ago will be infected with western prudery - if, that is, they are not already.

We know that the primary objective of colonialism was trade and profit. We know too that following in a heartbeat were the missionaries determined to root out all local customs and convert the “natives” to Christ - “their” idea of Christ’s teaching! And today in the era of Macdonalds and Facebook, the West continues to inflict its norms! Nudity aside, we continue slowly destroying differing cultures and call it progress!

User avatar
Jun
Posts: 1840
Joined: Sun Aug 01, 2010 10:20 pm
Liked: 134 times
Been liked: 95 times

#32 Re: Where did Boys Not Wear Swimming Trunks in 1952?

Postby Jun » Wed Apr 25, 2018 1:09 am

I suspect you are right about reductions in liberty & accepting humans in their natural state of undress. Certain religions have an intolerance of other peoples views & there is a marked reluctance to speak out about their influence on our society.
There are also examples of supposedly liberal western European countries passing legislation on matters which should be decided by the individual -banning prostitution for example.
As for nude bathing in schools, well legislation is now at the level where a 16 year old playing for a professional football team had to change away from the adults in the team, to comply with legislation. No common sense.

[Apparently there is about a 10% chance of me being around in 50 years time.]

User avatar
windwalker
Posts: 1276
Joined: Mon Aug 23, 2010 7:59 am
Liked: 166 times
Been liked: 56 times

#33 Re: Where did Boys Not Wear Swimming Trunks in 1952?

Postby windwalker » Wed Apr 25, 2018 7:44 pm

Jun wrote:
[Apparently there is about a 10% chance of me being around in 50 years time.]

Jun, you must be quite young? If one is now 50 yo, their chances to live to 100 yo are next to zero.

User avatar
Trongpai
Posts: 1115
Joined: Wed Aug 04, 2010 10:21 am
Location: Bangkok, Ram Intra
Liked: 4 times
Been liked: 131 times

#34 Re: Where did Boys Not Wear Swimming Trunks in 1952?

Postby Trongpai » Wed Apr 25, 2018 11:15 pm

I grew up in Boston and most of the YMCA's had a nude swimming policy. I guess I was around 9 or 10 years old, the year around 1963, and my parents sent me to the Y to learn to swim. We would take off all our clothes and put them in a locker and walk nude to the shower room not use soap, just rinse and then off the the indoor pool. I guess there were around 20 of us in the class. All in the same age range.

There were adult or high school age instructors but they did not get nude or get in the pool. They did keep an eye on us to see that we really went into the shower. They did swimming instructions from the pool side and threw you a life preserver if you got into trouble. I don't recall any rescues.

We pretty much stayed in the water the whole class and I don't recall anyone getting an erection. I don't recall any physical contact from any of the instructors. This was the first time I noticed that some boys were circumcised and some were not. Not everyone was the same size and although we all had penises they were not identical.

After the class we all went into the shower room and this time we used soap. Then to another area to be given towels and dry off. Once dry we walked nude to the locker room and got dressed.

One day after swim class I was upstairs in the recreation room for a few hours and when I was ready to leave I realized I had left my jacket in the locker downstairs. I walked in as the older teen ages, 16 or so, were returning from drying off. OMG! Pubic hair! Big penises! I walked over to the locker where I left my jacket and this man-teen was hovering over it and was in my way. I just stood there frozen. The man-teen said, "what are you looking at kid"? I was looking at his huge dick but said I wanted to retrieve my jacket. He said, go for it kid. He did not back away and I came within inches of his swinging penis as I reached around him to get my jacket.

I don't know when they stopped the nude swimming policy at the Y but I know it was pretty much history by the early 70's. That was the time when girls both as students and instructors came onto the the scene.

User avatar
Jun
Posts: 1840
Joined: Sun Aug 01, 2010 10:20 pm
Liked: 134 times
Been liked: 95 times

#35 Re: Where did Boys Not Wear Swimming Trunks in 1952?

Postby Jun » Thu Apr 26, 2018 4:07 am

windwalker wrote:[If one is now 50 yo, their chances to live to 100 yo are next to zero.

Apparently, if one is 50 & male, the chances of living to 100 are about 12~13%. That's from some allegedly respectable study reported in the Guardian.
What I don't know is how much extrapolation of average age increases was used in that. Personally, I distrust extrapolation.

I still doubt nude swimming will make a comeback in the hours, days, years or decades that I may have in front of me. But there is always hope & perhaps time to enjoy what positive changes there are.
For example, I suppose there were not so many nude selfies taken in the 1950s ? And about none posted on the internet.

User avatar
Trongpai
Posts: 1115
Joined: Wed Aug 04, 2010 10:21 am
Location: Bangkok, Ram Intra
Liked: 4 times
Been liked: 131 times

#36 Re: Where did Boys Not Wear Swimming Trunks in 1952?

Postby Trongpai » Thu Apr 26, 2018 10:44 am

Jun wrote:I still doubt nude swimming will make a comeback


There's nude beaches in USA and lots in Europe. I used to frequent Haulover Beach in Miami and Hippy Hollow in Austin, Tx. Haulover has a hug gay section with a sexually charged atmosphere.

The Y I went to as a kid was originally an all male organization but then latter on Wednesday the YMCA became the YWCA and the girls were allowed entry. I was surprised to find that my sister took a bathing suit and brought home a wet suit in a plastic bag. Then I found out that they did not even shower nude together like the boys. They got a towel upon arrival, put on the suit under the towel, showered in the suit, swam, then showered again with the suit, then got dressed under cover of a wrapped towel. WTF?

a447
Posts: 499
Joined: Wed Jul 04, 2012 2:56 pm
Liked: 11 times
Been liked: 140 times

#37 Re: Where did Boys Not Wear Swimming Trunks in 1952?

Postby a447 » Thu Apr 26, 2018 11:58 am

I had no idea that guys had to swim naked in the YMCAs and at schools. It's hard for me to imagine.

I never got naked when I was growing up.

I first stripped off in front off others when I moved to Japan, where even today, nakedness is commonplace and nobody bats an eyelid.

In the legitimate bathhouses, frequented by families as well as single guys, everyone just let's it all hang out. Some also have a pool and, of course, they all swim naked. But that's the only time.

In many Western countries these days, I doubt children would be allowed to be naked in the company off adults.

I invited a friend on holiday with me to Japan a few years ago and my friends and I visited a bathhouse. He was horrified when I told him we were going and insisted on going out and buying a pair of swimming trunks. We didn't say anything to him until we arrived. That's when we broke the news to him that swimming trunks were not allowed!

Going through puberty in Japan and being surrounded by hot classmates getting changed in the classroom for Physical Education was a huge turn-on. We had a lot of fun comparing sizes.It was also the first time I saw uncut cock and they'd seen a circumcised one.

The first question they all asked was "How do you wank without a foreskin?"

"I manage," I replied. Lol

But nakedness occurs indoors - just like at the YMCA's and schools in the U.S. I'm sure the kids didn't drop their pants in public. I don't think there's any naked beaches in Japan, and certainly no naked swimming pools.

More's the pity!

User avatar
Gaybutton
Site Admin
Posts: 14990
Joined: Sat Jul 31, 2010 11:21 am
Location: Thailand
Liked: 1 time
Been liked: 582 times

#38 Re: Where did Boys Not Wear Swimming Trunks in 1952?

Postby Gaybutton » Thu Apr 26, 2018 3:46 pm

Trongpai wrote:There's nude beaches in USA and lots in Europe.

I tried to go to some of them. They always took one look and then made me move my car to the handicapped area. They also didn't appreciate me walking around with a ruler . . .

fountainhall
Posts: 1633
Joined: Fri Jan 27, 2017 11:45 am
Location: Bangkok
Liked: 136 times
Been liked: 411 times

#39 Re: Where did Boys Not Wear Swimming Trunks in 1952?

Postby fountainhall » Thu Apr 26, 2018 3:54 pm

Have occasionally been taken by friends to one in Sydney named Obelisk - across the harbour from the Opera House. Almost exclusively guys of my vintage except one time four young Asians arrived and disrobed in front of us. When they hit the sea you’d have thought a bunch of orcas had suddenly appeared, such was the displacement of water! Just about everyone on the beach was after them!

User avatar
Gaybutton
Site Admin
Posts: 14990
Joined: Sat Jul 31, 2010 11:21 am
Location: Thailand
Liked: 1 time
Been liked: 582 times

#40 Re: Where did Boys Not Wear Swimming Trunks in 1952?

Postby Gaybutton » Thu Apr 26, 2018 6:35 pm

fountainhall wrote:Just about everyone on the beach was after them!

Did anyone manage to reel one in?


Return to “Everything Else”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 38 guests