Naked Bits

Why, oh Y?

Ask any guy who grew up in the 1950s and belonged to his local YMCA and he'll let you in on a well-known "secret." Guys used to swim naked there. Moreover, there were often "solariums" or outdoor sunning porches where nude sunbathing was common. Old and young, grandpas, dads and their sons, those in shape or who needed to get in shape, had one great equalizer: you swam and sunned in what God gave ya. Sometime, perhaps during the 1960s or so, things began to change. No doubt it had some to do with going co-ed. Then it became more difficult to avoid an awkward, unplanned, "meeting of the genders" if a female opened the wrong door or showed up during the men's swim hour. But the change also probably had much to do with the ways society was morphing too. The sexual revolution made some circums...