And if you don’t, a club member is likely to remind you because they want a clean pool. Most people seem to approach it with as much anticipation as a trip to the dentist, and with good reason.Every spring, we’re surrounded by ads about how to obtain the perfect “bikini body,” eg thin, tanned and toned with no cellulite, wrinkles or imperfections.And due to America’s weird hang-ups about nudity, how many of that 32% are showering and still entering the pool with germs attached? In fact it’s a result of impurities from people’s bodies mixing with chlorine in the water.We probably have the dirtiest public pools of any developed country. This creates chloramines, which give off that irritating odor.The cleanest pools in America can probably be found at nudist resorts.No one is bringing in impurities from their clothing, and resort pools often have multiple signs instructing people to shower before entering. As if anyone needed proof, Australian psychologist Marika Tiggemann’s 2012 study on body image and swimsuits found that women get anxious and depressed just about swimsuit shopping.Here’s a tweet that sort of sums my feelings: “It’s pretty annoying that I have to pay like 0 for a swimsuit, like you literally are a piece of cloth that covers my nipples.” This isn’t to say that men are exempt from any pressure to look slim and muscular in their swim attire because they definitely aren’t.
When you do find your holy grail of a suit, you’re lucky if it doesn’t come with a hefty price tag.Needless to say, the preemptive shower is much easier and more effective when done naked.And any bacteria, fecal matter, sweat, germs, etc., that get trapped in suits could be avoided altogether if everyone swam nude.Many of today’s nude beaches have been around for decades, proving that all kinds of people can indeed swim and sunbathe naked together with civility and respect.Acts of public sex are illegal at a nude beach just like anywhere else.