Yes, it is true. I remember those days. My folks moved from a small rural town to one a bit larger. My new school had an indoor pool adjacent to the gymnasium. Boys used the same lockers and showers for the pool as they did for the gym. We were only allowed a towel when entering the pool from the lockers and the towel was not to be worn, it was to be placed on one of the benches. The boys were to be entirely naked anytime they were in the pool area. The girls had P. No nudity was allow among the girls, a simple wardrobe malfunction would cause a girl to be dismissed and possibly expelled.
No such rules applied to the boys even during the classes on the basketball court. The locker rooms were not the only means of accessing the pool area, anyone could go from the gym into the pool as they were opened into each other.
We looked at it as being unfair to the girls not being allowed to get naked as well. I suspect some of the girls intentionally caused us poor boys to become erect.
Partially for their own enjoyment and partially because if a coach caught us with an erection, we had to run laps as a punishment for it. Back to the original question, yes, we were required to swim nude.
Having endured that time in the past, I believe it should be re-instated. The only difference would be I would issue the girls a more practical apparel, and allow them to remove it when in the water, if they wanted to, but put back on as soon as they were out of the water. My father told me that he swam naked at the YMCA and when they had swim meets, the families were invited to attend. This included mothers, sister, aunts and cousins and since other boys were there, often many girls who were their classmates were there too watching the boys they sat next to in class swim while the males were totally naked.
Before the swimming began, they did exercises including jumping jacks while facing their family and friends. BTW that is how my father met my mother, she was fully dressed in the stands while he was standing naked in front of her and her mom and 2 sisters.
They all knew what she was getting long before he ever saw her and she said she enjoyed watching the naked males exercise. It took about 4 years before he saw her without cloths and by that time she must have seen him naked several dozen times.
Personally I would not have any problem with that happening today and I would let my sons swim naked even with girls allowed to watch them and I would not mind naked males swimming with girls including my daughters as long as all the girls wore modest one piece suits.
Girls do need more modesty. We do let the males stay naked at home while the girls have to remain dressed in outerwear as they are not allowed to wear just underwear when the males are around. The girls often bring their friends over but they let them know them males will be naked and almost all of them accept it and come over often.
I have no trouble with these double standards that let the girls see naked males although the boys never see the girls and we are cautioned never to ask the girls to expose themselves even though I am one of the ones who is naked. Why yes it is true. Nudity was once embraced not feared. Women swam naked with men also. I have a story. I am a female and I am not revealing my name for privacy reasons. I recall a time in America in which young men and women were allowed to be nude.
I graduated high school in During that time nudity was not viewed as it is today. I attended a high school which allowed nude swimming. In those days boys had to be nude for gymnastics track or swimming. I recall they had to be nude for working out as well. Me and a few other girls were on the swim team with the boys. Us girls had to wear Us girls had to wear swimsuits.
One day we begged our instructor to let us take off the swimsuits because they were causing us to itch. I was a sophomore in high school then. The instructor told us that would be fine and we got to swim nude with the boys. I remember all of us giggling and laughing as we removed our swimsuits. We jumped in the water and splashed around with the boys. We had so much fun! We swam nude with the boys a few other times after that because we were clever at talking our instructor into going nude because the swimsuits itched.
I recall the boys going to a class nude for fun. I remember a camping trip that we took with the boys. The boys went nude, and us girls wore a sweater and light skirt. Once we arrived at the campsite we had the option of going nude with the boys.
We got to do all the things the boys did. We had so much fun. When we loaded up back on the bus we asked if we could stay nude on the bus ride back to the school building. Our camp director agreed. I recall hopping off the bus nude and getting into my mother's car to go home. We had so much fun in those days. Back then nudity was not viewed as it is today. It was just plain old fun. I recall hearing that nudity was no longer allowed in the school I attended.
I believe it was in the late sixties. Students were complaining about not being able to go nude. I was disappointed to hear that the school decided to prohibit nudity. In regards to your inquiry I believe nudity was allowed for a long time. As far back as I can remember in elementary school nudity was allowed.
Dear Abby had no problem with males being naked with clothed women. I agree with her. I would allow my sons and daughters to do most things with the males totally naked but the girls would have to remain dressed even if they have many of their girlfriends over. Yes they did and often it was will women and girls present. It not only happened in the Y but the boy scouts often swam naked even when they had spectators including many women and even young girls.
No one was harmed except for a few boys who may have been embarrassed to be naked in front of their sisters or classmates but they got over it and I am sure the girls enjoyed it. Many of the girls even invited their girlfriends to the next event.
I have seen reports that there were 8 to 10 girls in the audience for every boy. Good for them. You can see a naked male in the foreground in this pictu You can see a naked male in the foreground in this picture with a girl in a one piece suit but if you look in the background, there are other girls in a one piece suit and several totally naked males.
I see nothing wrong with this and I wished it was still going on today. There is a lot of pictures that show naked boys swimming with girls in swim suits. I do think the girls suits reveal a bit too much. They should have a more modest suit on but I find no problem with the males being naked. I wish all polls did that today with women in one piece suits while the males all the males swam naked.
Whether it stopped in most places in the 60s with a few not stopping until the early 70s, it stopped when women where allowed to join. Like many things, attitudes about nudity change over time. The attitudes we have about it now are different than they were decades ago. When I was growing up, we used open locker rooms and were required to shower naked in open showers from elementary school through high school sports. People are really screwed up about it now.
Hence your asking the question in disbelief. Maybe someday it will again seem weird that anyone cared if people swam naked or not. Personally I do not know if this is true or not, but from the reading and articles I have read, it does sound like it is true. I have also spoken to older relatives who have confirmed this and much more. I can certainly see the benefits. I feel that we should re-implement or re-establish this rule. The rule can be very simple:. All boys must attend physical education classes nude, including swimming, gymnastics and track events.
There is no need to segregate or separate girls classes and activities from boys classes and activities, these can be and should be continued as co-ed. Girls should actively participate in these activities as well, but should be wearing a comfortable one-piece suit.
Girls need more modesty than boys.