There is no factual documentation on lint screwing up the flirtation systems, its so much bogus ramblings!
There is nobody therefore to give a reliable account of the real reasons why it was the policy, whether it was generally accepted or whether opposition to it was quashed, why there were double standards between the sexes, whether and why respect for male privacy from females was in fact as lax and casual as suspected, and why the practice finally ended sometime in the 1970s or early 80s.
The swim team used to train bare and compete in suits. Of course, phys ed swim classes were conducted in the nude. Girls were never allowed anywhere near the pool when boys were in there. This was up to around 65. The the team put on suits, but PE swims were still nude until the late 70s. There was no girls swim team until Title 9.Of course this is only true in your case, you can't speak for everyone. There were other reliable posters on this forum who said that they also always practiced nude, but not unusual to have female acquaintances, like girlfriends and relatives who watched them during their nude swimming practices.
I would sign an affidavit that this is true.
In fact this is the excuse that they brought in the past to force boys to swim nude.
George Howell wrote:
<quoted text>Yes, discipline is also a good argument, George. We all know how undisciplined boys are by nature, and keeping them nude when they are in groups, especially in situations such as a swimming pool, is a good way to make them behave proper.
This attitude was obviously the case in some parts of the world at some periods in the past. Thankfully things have mostly changed, though not quite far enough in some respects.
The hygiene argument is very weak because all sorts of potentially harmful bodily fluids and substances are routinely deposited in swimming pool water with or without swimming costumes. Chemicals, usually based on chlorine, are used to combat the harmful effects, the costumes making no appreciable difference.
The discipline argument may be at the nub of it. In some parts of the USA, and very occasionally elsewhere, ritual humiliation of young males by means of enforced nudity was deemed to be good for them and good for society. Again thankfully the western world is more enlightened than to think that way, or to allow such nonsense.
WOULD THESE LADS 'BEHAVE PROPER' IF THEY WERE NAKED?