Why Society Is Better Off Swimming Naked Without Bathing Suits

I am not among those nudies that feels compelled to be nude 24 / 7, and I’d say that many naturists can not be and do not care to be naked everywhere, all the time. (I’ve mentioned this before in the common myths about nudism.)
http://nudism-life.com ‘m quite comfortable wearing clothing in winter months. I get cold very easily and am thankful for the jumpers I need to keep me warm. Though I’m not much into vogue or clothes shopping, I do like dressing up sometimes and expressing myself with specific colours, materials and styles.
Howeverthere is one item of clothes that I would rather keep hidden and forgotten in my dresser: my bathing suit.
The bathing suit is among the most useless articles of clothing ever devised by humankind. It does not help you bathe or swim. Its only intention will be to cover up the body parts that American culture (and other cultures) has deemed obscene: bottoms, genitals and FEMALE nipples.
In the U.S., the general consensus seems to be: remove bathing suits and all hell will break loose. The sand will end up overrun with public sex and perverts. This comes from our society’s gymnophobia (anxiety of nudity) and the notion that nudity = sex.
Truthfully, we may do just too as without bathing suits, if not better. Swimming naked used to be the norm in early Greek culture. Bare spas have been with US for centuries. In America, unclothed swimming was required and considered the norm at YMCA’s and in schools up until the 1970’s. Many of today’s naked beaches have existed for decades, proving that all kinds of people can indeed swim and sunbathe naked together with politeness and respect. Acts of public sex are illegal at a bare beach just like everywhere else.
Though the bathing suit has slowly shrunk down from full-length costumes to today’s teeny bikini, the practices of skinny-dipping and unclothed sunbathing haven’t evaporated. The liberating feeling of swimming without a suit is a familiar reason people get into nudism.
Felicity Jones Bare Bathing and Swimming at “Big Deep,” Woodstock, New York
Sure, folks can wear swimsuits as a sort of self expression. There are all sorts of swimsuit designs out there. But I’d argue the discomfort, annoyance and cost far outweigh any delight you might feel from wearing a fashionable suit that fits.
Here’s why I believe we’d all be better off without bathing suits:
1. They are uneasy, tight and restricting before you even go in the water. Then you swim and get it wet now you’ve got chilly, sopping wet fabric clinging to your skin. If you were swimming in the ocean or at a sandy playa, you have likely got some sand in your crotch, too. You escape the water, and now the remainder of your naturally-water-repellant skin dries while the suit stays wet for at least the next 15 – 30 minutes. For girls who sit in wet bottoms, this can be the perfect breeding ground for a yeast infection. That should be a fairly big hint that we’re not intended to be wearing these things.
2. They’re unhygienic and unsanitary. Swimsuit cloths trap detergents, perspiration, dirt, fecal matter and bacteria and then carry all that right into the public pool. This can lead to the spread of Recreational Water Illnesses (RWI’s). This can be why it is important to shower before entering a pool. But how many people really shower first at http://crazypublic.com ? Based on 2012 survey by the Water Quality and Health Council, only 32% of American adults said they always shower first, and many Americans – 44% -do not even think a pre-swim shower is necessary.
And due to America’s peculiar hang-ups about nudity, how many of that 32% are showering within their swimsuits and still entering the pool with germs attached? We likely have the filthiest public pools of any developed nation.
Ever swim in a pool with a strong chlorine smell? That is no index of a clean pool. Actually it is due to impurities from people’s bodies blending with chlorine in the water. This creates chloramines, which give off that irritating odor.
Evidently, the preemptive shower is easier and more powerful when done nude. And any bacteria, fecal matter, sweat, germs, etc., that get trapped in suits could be avoided altogether if everyone swam naked. When kids were required to swim naked at the Y, hygiene was the principal reason given, and it is still a superb reason. Though we now have better chemical technology, chlorine is just not some wonder pool cleaner.
Hot Tub Rules Sign at Lake Como Naturist Resort
The cleanest pools in America can probably be found at naturist resorts. No one is bringing in impurities from their garments, and resort pools often have multiple signs instructing folks to shower before entering. And should youn’t, a club member is likely to remind you because they need a clean pool.
3. Bathing suit shopping. As if anyone wanted proof, Australian shrink Marika Tiggemann’s 2012 study on body image and swimsuits found that women get concerned and depressed just thinking about swimsuit shopping. Most people appear to approach it with just as much expectation as a trip to the dentist, and with great reason. Every spring, we’re surrounded by ads about the best way to obtain the right “bikini body,” eg lean, tanned and toned without any cellulite, wrinkles or imperfections. It’s a message that just one type of body belongs in a bikini or any kind of revealing swimsuit. Some body-positive efforts happen to be trying to challenge this in recent years with memes saying that bikinis are for everyone. Nonetheless the bikini-body magazine stories, work outs and products will continue to sell as long as a profit can be made of course.
The ever-dreaded bikini season
Body-favorable bikini meme – “How to get a bikini body: set a bikini on a body”
But even when you can dismiss all the body-shaming media and advertising, you are still faced with the job of finding a swimsuit that fits well. For “plus-size” women and women with large breasts, it’s like looking for a needle in a haystack. When you do find your sacred grail of a suit, you are blessed should itn’t come with a hefty price tag.
Here’s a tweet that kind of sums my feelings: “It Is rather annoying that I need to pay like $120 for a swimsuit, like you literally are a piece of cloth that covers my nipples.”
How much of a relief would it be to bypass this entire process and visit a naked beach or unclothed pool instead?
Plus, the “unsanitary” variable applies to swimsuit shopping as well – those new swimsuits at the store are covered in all sorts of nasty bacteria!

4. SexXy double standards. The swimsuit business is all about sexually objectifying women. Lots of swimsuits are made to highlight a woman’s cleavage and behind. The over-sexualization of breasts is part of the reason we are compelled to wear tops in any way. Victoria’s Secret adds the word “hot” into the names of each and every one of the bathing suits. This is, again, about “bikini body” standards, but it sends the message that girls should wear bikinis for them to look “sexy” and pull the (heterosexual) male gaze. Why else would we go to the strand, right? Obviously people need to look and feel good in what they wear. But women are just individuals who need to enjoy the beach like everyone else in a bathing suit that hopefully fits right and feel comfortable (if we must wear one).
It seems counter intuitive, but unclothed beaches and naturist resorts create a more equal and less sexual environment because many people are naked.
As for men, I know some guys wish that America would embrace the speedo already. But be joyful you can lawfully wear one, guys. If I showed up at the sand or pool in a speedo, I’d very quickly be arrested or shown the door generally in most places. It is been 80 years since guys gained the right to be topfree in public, and women are still waiting for the exact same right (in most states / cities).
Tobias “Never Naked” trying on a speedo on TV Show Arrested Development