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I would think this question has been answered in two previous blog articles about swimming naked. It provided Christian fellowship for young men drawn to the city by jobs that had been created by the industrial revolution. This Christian fellowship offered activities other than frequenting taverns and brothels. The need was obviously great because the YMCA grew quickly as an organization and spread to other countries in Europe and throughout the British Empire and to the U. It embraced the ideals of the physical culture movement that was spreading across northern Europe during the 19th century. From a Bible study group for young men it soon became a major youth organization dedicated to physical, mental, and spiritual fitness. This emphasis extends back to the late Middle Ages but seemed to have come to a head in the Victorian Era.
Andreatta: When boys swam nude in gym class
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Apparently, in , as part of a freshman requirement for the city college he attended, all male students took a swim class at the YMCA. He remembers the instructor telling them something about it being more sanitary that way. Was his swim teacher some pervy old dude? Or was this requirement legit? And if it was, why?