Kay Hagan just wanted to swim. It was late , and the Democrat was newly arrived on Capitol Hill as North Carolina's junior senator-elect. But Hagan was told that the Senate pool was males-only. Because some of the male senators liked to swim naked. It took an intervention by Senator Chuck Schumer, head of the Rules Committee, to put a stop to the practice, but even then "it was a fight," remembers pollster Celinda Lake, who heard about the incident when the pool revolt was the talk among Washington women.
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Skip to content. Local customs are often what get us stumped. Take a trip to the local pool, for example. Seems like an easy and universal-enough activity to not have to jump through the daunting hoops of cultural differences, right? It can be an uncomfortable experience.
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Steve Gough is a peculiarly British eccentric. The Naked Rambler, as he is now known, is attempting to walk from Lands End to John O'Groats wearing nothing but a hat, a pair of walking boots and plenty of sunscreen. His mission is to persuade a doubtful nation that the naked human form is nothing to be ashamed of. So far, he doesn't seem to be succeeding. Since he set out on this odyssey a month ago, Mr Gough has been arrested eight times and spent almost a week behind bars.
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?