Taboos against nakedness grew in Europe in the 18th century. Sign in My Account Subscribe. I must admit that for many years I never instructed a medical student on the need have a similar concern for men. There was my dramatically overweight friend with his eyes staring straight at the ground and my other friend, a "late bloomer," just waiting for the inevitable insults about his manhood. You had a choice: either swim in the nude for four years of high school or take ROTC to get a waiver.
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Taya. Age: 31.
Men, Manliness, and Being Naked Around Other Men
One of my worst experiences was being forced to swim in the nude in high school. You could only hope that you were already in the pool when it struck. I must admit that for many years I never instructed a medical student on the need have a similar concern for men. Grown men of different shapes and sizes, lined up to be poked and prodded. Many men do not feel comfortable taking off their shirt to get into a hot tub or swimming pool, and, just like women, they may also feel uncomfortable sitting on the examination table without a shirt or gown. Submit a letter to the editor or write to letters theatlantic.