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Subject: Re: Boys swimming naked in the sixties.


Author:
James
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Date Posted: 08:32:40 05/29/17 Mon
In reply to: Robby 's message, "Re: Boys swimming naked in the sixties." on 00:52:21 05/28/17 Sun

>>Reading several entries on this board about standards
>>back in the 1960s that called for boys to swim nude
>>and girls wearing modest swimsuits brought back a lot
>>of memories...but I seem to remember it a bit
>>differently. These recollections all focus on the
>>boys being embarrassed by being naked in front of the
>>girls, but I recall the emotions around here being a
>>little different than that. We never even thought
>>about the girls being around, we primarily focused on
>>having fun and being naked was part of the fun. The
>>girls, as far as I can remember were envious of us and
>>would have removed their suits in a heartbeat if
>>they'd have been allowed to. They felt shortchanged
>>or punished by having to keep their suits on. I
>>remember playing games in the pool with them. They'd
>>climb up and sit on our shoulders and each boy/girl
>>team tried to unbalance the other team. We'd sneak up
>>from behind them and dunk them. We were all there
>>just having fun playing in the pool, but the girls had
>>to wear their swimsuits and us boys didn't. I don't
>>remember any promiscuous activities or sexually
>>motivated liberties being taken, but then we were
>>anywhere between eight to thirteen years old, (a bit
>>early for that). I do remember a girl once grabbing
>>me and tugging me in a questionable manner, but she
>>was falling down and was just trying to get ahold of
>>anything she could to maintain her balance. I doubt,
>>even if the parents now days would approve, that the
>>kids would be willing to accept boys being required to
>>swim naked. Back then it was fun and in all honesty
>>remembering those days (here) is a bit fun too.
>
>I guess we had a different mentality back then, boys
>were boys and girls were girls, there was no thought
>of equality, which explains the double standard. Boys
>and girls were treated differently.
>
>In many places, including schools, boys were expected
>to swim nude while girls had to keep their modesty by
>wearing swimsuits. Also in some families which had
>swimming pools and other places it was no big deal for
>us boys to swim nude in the presence of girls and
>women.
>There was an age limit where this was permitted
>though, usually up to age 12 or so. It was not
>considered as appropriate for teen boys with pubic
>hair to display themselves naked in front of girls or
>women.

All males swam naked at the YMCA, old and young. When female staff entered the pool area, none of the older males were shy about showing themselves off and the women who were the matronly types just assumed it came with the territory. No one considered it as a sexual issue.

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Barry
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Date Posted: 20:37:38 05/30/17 Tue

I grew up in a small town in the South and although we had no YMCA we still swam nude in swimming holes even in front of girls who always wore swimsuits.
It was more innocent times I guess and it was no big deal for us boys. The girls must have enjoyed it, I guess, though they tried not to show it too much. They were all sisters and neighbor girls anyway so we all knew each other.

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