Why Society Is Better Off Swimming Naked Without Bathing Suits

I’m not one of those nudies that feels compelled to be nude 24 / 7, and I might say that many nudists can’t be and do not care to be naked everywhere, all the time. (I have mentioned this before in the common myths about nudism.)
I’m fairly comfortable wearing clothing in the winter. I get cold quite easily and am glad for the sweaters I need to keep me warm. Though I’m not much into fashion or clothing shopping, I do like dressing up sometimes and expressing myself with certain colors, materials and fashions.
However there is one item of clothing I prefer to keep buried and forgotten in my own dresser: my bathing suit.
The bathing suit is one of the most worthless articles of clothing ever devised by humankind. It does not help you bathe or swim. Its only goal is always 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 playa will become overrun with public sex and perverts. This comes from our society’s gymnophobia (fear of nudity) and the notion that nudity = sex.
Truth be told, we can perform just as well as without bathing suits, if not better. Swimming bare used to be the standard in early Greek culture. Unclothed spas have been with US for centuries. In America, bare swimming was compulsory and considered the standard at YMCA’s and in schools up until the 1970’s. Many of today’s unclothed beaches have existed for decades, demonstrating that all kinds of people can really swim and sunbathe naked jointly with politeness and respect. Actions of public sex are prohibited at a unclothed beach just like anywhere else.
Although the bathing suit has slowly shrunk down from full length costumes to today’s teeny bikini, the practices of skinny-dipping and bare sunbathing have not evaporated. The liberating feeling of swimming without a suit is a familiar reason people get into nudism.
Felicity Jones Unclothed Bathing and Swimming at “Huge Deep,” Woodstock, New York
Sure, people can wear swimsuits as a form of self expression. You can find all sorts of swimsuit designs out there. But I would claim that the discomfort, annoyance and cost far outweigh any joy you might feel from wearing a trendy suit that fits.
Here’s why I believe we had all be better off without bathing suits:
1. They are unhygienic and unsanitary. Swimsuit cloths snare detergents, perspiration, dirt, fecal matter and bacteria and after that take all that right into the public pool. This may lead to the spread of Recreational Water Illnesses (RWI’s). This really is why it is crucial that you shower before entering a pool. But how a lot of people really shower first at American public pools? In accordance with 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 mandatory.
2. They are uneasy, tight and restricting before you even go in the water. Then you certainly swim and get it wet now you’ve got cold, sopping wet material clinging to your skin. If you were swimming in the ocean or at a sandy sand, you’ve likely got some sand in your crotch, also. You get out of the water, and today 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 are not meant to be wearing these things.
And due to America’s peculiar hang-ups about nudity, how many of that 32% are showering inside their swimsuits and still entering the pool with germs attached? We likely have the dirtiest public pools of any developed nation.
Ever swim in teen nudist sex with a strong chlorine smell? That is not an index of a clean pool. In reality it’s due to impurities from people’s bodies blending with chlorine in the water. This creates chloramines, which give off that irritating smell.
Evidently, the preemptive shower is much easier and more effective when done nude. And any bacteria, fecal matter, sweat, germs, etc., that get trapped in suits could be prevented altogether if everyone swam unclothed. When children were required to swim nude 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 likely be found at naturist resorts. No one is bringing in impurities from their clothing, and resort pools often have multiple signs instructing individuals to shower before entering. And should youn’t, a club member is likely to remind you because they desire a clean pool.
3. Bathing suit shopping. As if anyone needed evidence, Australian shrink Marika Tiggemann’s 2012 study on body image and swimsuits found that girls get stressed and depressed just thinking about swimsuit shopping. Most people seem to approach it with the maximum amount of expectation as a trip to the dentist, and with great reason. Every spring, we are surrounded by advertisements about how to get an ideal “bikini body,” eg slim, tanned and toned without any cellulite, wrinkles or imperfections. It’s a message that only one kind of body fits in a bikini or any sort of revealing swimsuit. Some body-positive campaigns have been trying to challenge this in the past few years with memes saying that bikinis are for everyone. Yet the bikini-body magazine stories, workouts and products will continue to sell so 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’re able to disregard all the body-shaming media and advertising, you’re still faced with the task of finding a swimsuit that fits well. For “plus-size” women and women with large breasts, it is like trying to find a needle in a haystack. When you do locate your holy grail of a suit, you are blessed should itn’t come with a hefty price tag.
Here is a tweet that sort of sums my feelings: “It’s rather annoying that I need to pay like $120 for a swimsuit, like you actually are a piece of cloth that covers my nipples.”
How much of a relief would it be to skip this entire procedure and go to a nude beach or naked pool instead?
Plus, the “unsanitary” factor 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. A lot of swimsuits are made to accentuate a woman’s cleavage and booty. The over-sexualization of breasts is part of the reason we’re compelled to wear tops at all. Victoria’s Secret adds the word “sexy” into the names of each and every one of their bathing suits. This is, again, about “bikini body” standards, but it sends the message that women are supposed to wear bikinis to allow them to look “hot” and pull the (heterosexual) male gaze. Why else would we go to the beach, right? Of course people want to look and feel good in what they wear. But girls are merely individuals who want to love the beach like everyone else in a bathing suit that hopefully fits right and feel comfortable (if we need to wear one).
It sounds counter intuitive, but unclothed beaches and nudist resorts create a more equal and less sexual environment because everyone is naked.
As for men, I understand some guys wish that America would embrace the speedo already. But be happy you are able to legally wear one, dudes. If I showed up at the strand or pool in a speedo, I Had quite quickly be detained or shown the door in many places. It’s been 80 years since men gained the right to be topfree in public, and girls are still waiting for exactly the same right (in most states / cities).
Tobias “Never Unclothed” trying on a speedo on TV Show Arrested Development