Wednesday, April 02, 2008

would you Adam and Eve it?


Parents in Manchester have complained about naked swimming, claiming that it's unhygienic (though it's obvious that the complaint is really just motivated by prudery).

The naked swimming is taking place in a private, closed session in a public pool (so no-one actually sees the naked people in public). The group concerned book the swimming pool of an evening.

Parents have complained that their children subsequently have to swim in the same pool. Well, as various commenters on the story have pointed out, swimming trunks are not an impermeable membrane - people's naked tackle is touched by the communal water when they've got swimming trunks on as well. Besides, that's what chlorine is for.

It's just a small-minded response to the idea of nudity. Though I wonder if the fact that the naked swimming group also happens to consist of gay men might have something to do with it.

6 comments:

kathz said...

Why just for gay men? I like naked swimming, though I wouldn't want a disapproving audience and haven't had an opportunity for years. I'm not a naturist but the occasional naked swim - ideally in the sea or a river or lake - is a wonderful experience.

Yvonne said...

I wondered that, but from the comments in the article it appears that the group already consisted of gay men, and its activities got extended to nude swimming. That said, how many straight men do you know who would go skinny-dipping with a group of gay men? (I do know some, but they're probably an exception to the norm.)

Agreed, skinny-dipping is fab.

seithman said...

Well if the group consists of gay men, then I suspect there's also an unspoken fear that there might be more than swimming going on in the pool during such an event.

Yvonne said...

That may well be the case, but it's about as likely as it would be in a hetero or mixed naturist group (i.e. not likely).

seithman said...

I tend to agree with you. After all, I never said it was a justified fear. ;)

Yvonne said...

I assumed that from your username...