Ironically, I felt less self-conscious being naked in 9th grade swimming class than being shirtless in 8th grade gymnastics. Some of us didn't really have much warm clothing and we were cold a lot, but it didn't keep us from going sledriding. News coverage of school board meetings was routine when Oldster media reigned. How many are of naked males swimming in school or the YMCA? I wanted to feel that this was just another swim practice. Long before it was the fad to bring bookbags to school, the girls used them out in the woods. It felt empowering and liberating.
Rick Mills: Yes, they made us swim naked
This was simply expected and normal for a boy. My high school did not have a pool, so this was my one and only institutional naked swimming experience. For a devout Catholic boy, such as myself, it was actually sort of thrilling in a weird and twisted way. It became more of a social activity, with guys inviting girls to spend an evening or afternoon on the streets or slopes. Marines on Guadacanal in bathing and having fun with a makeshift water slide. Boys were increasingly required to wear bathing suits for competitions.
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It was an overview of the swimming program in the city of Troy, New York. I believe I have elucidated my opinion on this, that the whole phenomenon had to do with the inculcating into children their future gender roles, as we now call them. At that young age we were thought to be sexually innocent and chaste. Like the barrel on the starting gun my circumcised penis was a snub-nosed affair but now it seemed to have no shaft at all. Her strategy was to ask for a business card.
I read your column, and many of the comments afterwards, and it reminded me a whole lot of my own boyhood. It had a certain magic to it. One of my fond memories from my youth is from the summer of my 15th year when I spent a week camping with three other Scouting friends including my friend Gary in a wilderness area known as Zoar Valley south of Buffalo, NY. Lots of times, after walking a girl home from a Friday night dance, a guy would invite her to come hiking the next day. Mothers especially began to question the practice of boys swimming naked in schools. Photographs of male nudity were exceedingly rare and confined to bare buttocks at best.