They’re uncomfortable, tight and restricting before you even go in the water. now you have cold, sopping wet fabric clinging to your skin.
If you were swimming in the ocean or at a sandy beach, you’ve probably got some sand in your crotch, too.
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.
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.
You get out of the water, and now the rest of your naturally-water-repellant skin dries while the suit stays wet for the next 15 – 30 minutes.
Swimming nude used to be the norm in ancient Greek culture. In America, nude swimming was mandatory and considered the norm at YMCA’s and in schools up until the 1970’s.
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.
Sure, people can wear swimsuits as a form of self-expression. But I would argue that the discomfort, inconvenience and cost far outweigh any joy you might feel from wearing a stylish suit that fits.
Here’s why I think we’d all be better off without bathing suits: 1.