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Old 07-23-2012, 12:01 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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You'd receive the same treatment in the U.S., at least around here. Bikini-style swimming shorts are simply unacceptable on males here, EXCEPT in the context of competitive swimming, where they are required. You'd certainly trigger a few sneering glances (from both men and women) at a lake here.
These people are pathetic with their smug high school immaturity.
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Old 07-29-2012, 01:06 PM
 
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Alton Towers bans men in Speedos | Fashion | The Guardian
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Old 07-29-2012, 01:07 PM
 
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Its not normal for people to go naked in saunas in England, Scotland etc. I remember a German group walked into the sauna in our hotel (Spain) completely naked, it isn't something I want to see really. I felt uncomfortable.

Are they coed or same sex?
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Old 07-29-2012, 11:14 PM
 
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Blacks is a nude beach in San Diego.
True. Black's has always been a legal oddity in SoCal. It's way down a cliff below UCSD that is popular with hang-gliders. People know where it is, but don't seem to undertake the schlep to get there.
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Old 07-30-2012, 04:11 AM
 
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I see some British baths want to prohibit speedos ? what will be the next step ? burkinis for everyone? I see some are back to Victorian values! rain or shine, I'll stick to my speedos, and besides it's more sporty and hygienic!
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Old 08-17-2012, 01:24 PM
 
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Americans have the most overly complicated attitude toward the human body (and the most overly simplified attitude toward sexuality) in the developed world. For many this leads to a quasi-pathology over being naked or even semi-naked in front of others even trusted friends. We have light years to go before we reach continental European attitudes, and frankly I don't think we will ever get there.

So we will continue to deflect our uneasiness through a steady diet of porn and promiscuity. It's about as unhealthy as you can get.
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Old 08-17-2012, 01:26 PM
 
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Americans have the most overly complicated attitude toward the human body (and the most overly simplified attitude toward sexuality) in the developed world. For many this leads to a quasi-pathology over being naked or even semi-naked in front of others even trusted friends. We have light years to go before we reach continental European attitudes, and frankly I don't think we will ever get there.

So we will continue to deflect our uneasiness through a steady diet of porn and promiscuity. It's about as unhealthy as you can get.
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Old 08-17-2012, 01:46 PM
 
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Americans have the most overly complicated attitude toward the human body (and the most overly simplified attitude toward sexuality) in the developed world. For many this leads to a quasi-pathology over being naked or even semi-naked in front of others even trusted friends. We have light years to go before we reach continental European attitudes, and frankly I don't think we will ever get there.

So we will continue to deflect our uneasiness through a steady diet of porn and promiscuity. It's about as unhealthy as you can get.
My impression is that since the 80's America and Americans have gotten puritanically sqwicky about the sight of flesh, and particularly male flesh - the latter I'm presuming because an easy-going attitude toward the male body is considered characteristically gay. Nevertheless, I don't get the impression that sexual conduct has gotten anything but worse.

Very glad to have been young and middle-aged in the U.S. during the 60's through the 80's, it seems like there are terribly prudish and self-righteous standards about everything now and yet abominable personal conduct.
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Old 08-17-2012, 07:03 PM
 
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Also how is it like in your own country?


In Australia, I'd say we're somewhat 'shy', although maybe less so than the US. ...
After that the UK, US, which Australia being in between the US and the rest. But then again, maybe we're the same as the US. Showers in swimming pools are open, yet in schools and stuff there are often cubicles and stuff for showers.
America is much more relaxed about nudity than Australia is. In the US you walk around utterly starkers in change rooms, in Australia you face the wall to put your bra on, wrap your towel around your waist to do your undies, etc. Those open showers in Australia are for people wearing bathers, not naked people.
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Old 08-17-2012, 09:33 PM
 
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My impression is that since the 80's America and Americans have gotten puritanically sqwicky about the sight of flesh, and particularly male flesh - the latter I'm presuming because an easy-going attitude toward the male body is considered characteristically gay. Nevertheless, I don't get the impression that sexual conduct has gotten anything but worse.

Very glad to have been young and middle-aged in the U.S. during the 60's through the 80's, it seems like there are terribly prudish and self-righteous standards about everything now and yet abominable personal conduct.
It's amazing how opinionated you are about anything and everything pertaining to the U.S. and Americans whilst never displaying anything but utter cluelessness and laughable pretentiousness. I don't know where you've moved on to in the world, but are you really that desperate to fit in with the "lets bash Americans" crowd?

Your final assertion regarding our "prudish and self-righteous standards" somehow coexisting alongside "abominable personal conduct" is one of your hugest WTF moments yet; either we're prudish zealots or we're whoring degenerates--make up your mind, and maybe try saving your unimpressive, self-righteous, anti-American psychoanalyses for your new buddies abroad (who have more than likely never seen you as anything more than a second-class American trying to impress them).

At least that's my theory...
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