The tortured explanation seemed to, er, satisfy the coaches who had to keep watch! Apparently, requiring that boys swim nude when segregated from girls in both public and school swimming pools was very common across the U. I find it surprising that naked swimming in school pools was that widespread, was tolerated in the uptight '50s and is almost never depicted or referred to in movies or books. I also never, ever heard of it when I was in high school myself, just a few years later than the time when it was common WBEZ
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Fundraising Month is over! Check out a wrap-up and the promised hair cut video! But for more than 50 years even until , by some accounts , this was standard policy. Girls were required to wear simple, single-color suits, usually of wool. It's a myth that societies continually become more open-minded - - we are in the midst of a new wave of puritanism.