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Old 08-23-2012, 03:30 PM
 
Location: Northern NH
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All round the world, from Asia to Europe to South America, men wear short swimming suits. It seems only in US and Canada, men have to wear their ridiculously long and baggy shorts in the pool. from a practical point of view, aren't they heavy once in the water?

What are they afraid of? On the other hand, women can wear next to nothing but it seems totally fine. Why are men so conservative? Is it because most men are fat and therefore this tradition?


I think a lot of them are tubby, plus, US men wearing shorter suits get called gay and we in the US are very insecure about that. Bugs me that US is like this

 
Old 08-23-2012, 08:46 PM
 
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Kemba, is "thigh" a euphemism? Yes, women don't like the overt display of it that you get in Speedos. I assume gay men still wear them because men do like it being displayed like that. But in terms of attracting women, it's the secondary sexual characteristics, not the primary one, that is of interest to most.

IYKWIM
 
Old 08-23-2012, 09:56 PM
 
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Kemba, is "thigh" a euphemism? Yes, women don't like the overt display of it that you get in Speedos. I assume gay men still wear them because men do like it being displayed like that. But in terms of attracting women, it's the secondary sexual characteristics, not the primary one, that is of interest to most.

IYKWIM
No, "thigh" is the part of the leg above the knee, which is now taboo in this culture to not have covered up if you are of the male gender. Before this cultural shift, women liked or did not mind that men wore shorter shorts, to include swim attire. Now, I can understand people of both genders, myself included, that don't like the bulge that speedos show in some wearers, but that does not necessarily mean that one must wear the extreme opposite to avoid that.
 
Old 08-24-2012, 06:54 AM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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^ In all the videos I see of Copacabana beach I see PLENTY of men of all ages in speedos. And no one bats an eyelid. Granted many have the bodies for it, but some don't.
They probably have the genitalia for it as well. Some of us men simply need more support than the typical speedo can provide.
 
Old 08-24-2012, 07:02 AM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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In the 1950's the brief style bathing suit ("speedos") were just as popular as the boxer shorts type, and the latter were very short. And in Canada the boxer type were rarer than in the U.S.

And nowadays people can use words such as "expose themselves in public in their underwear" to describe these bathing suits. How deliciously prudish America has become!

I parked at a local beach while getting a soda a few minutes ago. The beach (in southern Portugal) is popular with foreigners, but is heavily Spanish. I noticed two sights apropos this thread. I saw a guy in those ultra long and very wide shorts that U.S. boys call bathing suits. When he got ready to go into the water he dropped those culottes, and was wearing a brief "Speedo" that he went swimming in. Another guy came out of the water similarly suited and then pulled on a pair of American bloomer shorts.

Given that the water gets seriously deep there, I suppose they were not interested in being dragged down by so many yards of wet cloth.
Agreed, as a matter of fact, drownings of young men caused by long shorts made of "yards of wet cloth" dragging them under the surface have skyrocketed in recent years.
 
Old 08-24-2012, 07:30 AM
 
Location: Plymouth, MN
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a lot of insecure fat guys with small penises.
 
Old 08-24-2012, 09:00 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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No, "thigh" is the part of the leg above the knee, which is now taboo in this culture to not have covered up if you are of the male gender. Before this cultural shift, women liked or did not mind that men wore shorter shorts, to include swim attire. Now, I can understand people of both genders, myself included, that don't like the bulge that speedos show in some wearers, but that does not necessarily mean that one must wear the extreme opposite to avoid that.
Yes it's funny, isn't it, shows how fashion trends can change people's ideas of what body parts are appropriate to show. In the 1910s it was scandalous for a woman to show her calves, a decade later no one batted an eyelid. So if the fashion returns to short shorts for men, as it has been in the past, these attitudes will change with it.
 
Old 08-24-2012, 07:54 PM
 
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No, "thigh" is the part of the leg above the knee, which is now taboo in this culture to not have covered up if you are of the male gender. Before this cultural shift, women liked or did not mind that men wore shorter shorts, to include swim attire. Now, I can understand people of both genders, myself included, that don't like the bulge that speedos show in some wearers, but that does not necessarily mean that one must wear the extreme opposite to avoid that.
Oh, not penis, then? Because its penises we don't find attractive.
 
Old 08-24-2012, 07:57 PM
 
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Oh, not penis, then? Because its penises we don't find attractive.
Correct, thigh is just the upper part of the leg.
 
Old 08-24-2012, 07:58 PM
 
Location: Leeds, UK
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So you are a lesbian?
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