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Re: Question about Men's Bathing Trunks

Yep but if you are faced with that or not swimming on a fantastic day in a crystal clear pool? Some may have not, but I did, now have my own Budgie Smugglers...
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We took the ferry from Lausanne over to Evian to check out their public pools/lake access over on the French side.

Hugely surprised by giant signs forbidding regular bathing trunks, only Speedo-type bathing suits allowed in all of the pools and on the water slide.

Needless to say, my son and husband would rather undergo dental surgery than be seen in a Speedo, so those two were only allowed to swim in the lake.

Is this a French thing? What is the reason that swim trunks are forbidden?
This is a good idea, swimming pools are for swimming, not messing about, and you can't swim in those stupid baggy short things, plus when you dive in they come off. I wear the boxer style trunks, always have tbh, I've tried the shorts but they throw your balance in the water off and are a pain in the ar$e.
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Old 08.07.2010, 11:03
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Re: Question about Men's Bathing Trunks

And then in the UK, they ban speedos.

btw - the keeping in of hair is nonsense, given that a) most men don't shave their armpits, so that hair will be shed as well and b) when the speedo cuts in a bit, it only takes a small bit of manual adjustment and any loose hairs will escape. And then you get Italian pools that insist on wearing a bathing cap - even if you're modelled after Duncan Goodhew.

I don't think it's anything to do with hygiene - it's a snobbery thing. Certain groups want swimming pools to be associated with sport, not with having fun. Though I did see in sign in a water park in Holland, that they preferred guests not to use shorts, as the material of most swimming shorts is abrasive to the slides.

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This is a good idea, swimming pools are for swimming, not messing about...
Thank-you Jonny for proving my point.
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Yep but if you are faced with that or not swimming on a fantastic day in a crystal clear pool? Some may have not, but I did, now have my own Budgie Smugglers...
Budgie Smugglers ... aww ... this is cute.
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Re: Question about Men's Bathing Trunks

Ha! This is funny that this has turned into a culture thread. Yes, the US has a serious aversion to the Nut Bag. If you see a Speedo in America, the wearer is either A) Visiting from Europe, B) Gay, or C) Actively Swimming in a Swim Meet!
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Old 08.07.2010, 11:15
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This is a good idea, swimming pools are for swimming, not messing about,
oh come on... pools are also for having fun on a hot day... try telling all the 100's of kids loving the water that they're using it wrong...
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Well ok, you call it snobbery when some idiot kid bombs in front of you kicking you in the head, or some whale of a man is doing widths while attired in what can only be described as a bed sheet loin cloth and blocking the whole pool, and you have to dodge these obstacles while also trying to get a proper work out; and that is not frustrating?

Main thing is the baggy shorts are RUBBISH for swimming in, if you actually swim properly they come off after the first length, (which by the way is not very acceptable).
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Ok, this is very

In speedo, you keep the private hair you are losing in your speedo ... In trunk, they are free to go!

This was an answer we had!
I would assure them that I am losing hair on my head, but not in my pants.


I used to be a life guard as a teenager and I can tell you that many 14 year old boys tried to push the limits of "acceptable" swimwear as far as they could: Aparently was the goal to go swimming in normal shorts. To be honest have the US style swim shorts been more and more looking like normal clothes and yes, there are many kids that wear them already on the bike on their way to the Badi... so they are dirty and sweaty. I rather swim with some not-so-sexy looking people than with all that dirt in the water.
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It's an European thing, not only French. It's a question of hygiene
The hygiene issue only came up when the trunks made it over the atlantic around the late 80s (because everything US was perceived to be cool back then). The general reason why Americans wear trunks at all is simply prudity.
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Ha! This is funny that this has turned into a culture thread. Yes, the US has a serious aversion to the Nut Bag. If you see a Speedo in America, the wearer is either A) Visiting from Europe, B) Gay, or C) Actively Swimming in a Swim Meet!
Actually, I have been asked if I was from Canada ...
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And then in the UK, they ban speedos.

btw - the keeping in of hair is nonsense, given that a) most men don't shave their armpits, so that hair will be shed as well and b) when the speedo cuts in a bit, it only takes a small bit of manual adjustment and any loose hairs will escape. And then you get Italian pools that insist on wearing a bathing cap - even if you're modelled after Duncan Goodhew.

I don't think it's anything to do with hygiene - it's a snobbery thing. Certain groups want swimming pools to be associated with sport, not with having fun. Though I did see in sign in a water park in Holland, that they preferred guests not to use shorts, as the material of most swimming shorts is abrasive to the slides.

Edit: Thank-you Jonny for proving my point.
When have they ever banned speedos in the UK?
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And then in the UK, they ban speedos.
Had to check the date wasn't 1 April on that one. I mean...complimentary waxing???


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btw - the keeping in of hair is nonsense, given that a) most men don't shave their armpits, so that hair will be shed as well and b) when the speedo cuts in a bit, it only takes a small bit of manual adjustment and any loose hairs will escape.
...and c) from what I see in the sauna very few people actually have private hair these days.
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I would assure them that I am losing hair on my head, but not in my pants.


I used to be a life guard as a teenager and I can tell you that many 14 year old boys tried to push the limits of "acceptable" swimwear as far as they could: Aparently was the goal to go swimming in normal shorts. To be honest have the US style swim shorts been more and more looking like normal clothes and yes, there are many kids that wear them already on the bike on their way to the Badi... so they are dirty and sweaty. I rather swim with some not-so-sexy looking people than with all that dirt in the water.
Clearly, I have the concept of sexy completely wrong...Speedos are completely ok in my book
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When have they ever banned speedos in the UK?
Alton Towers 2009. Follow the link.
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Re: Question about Men's Bathing Trunks

Seeing swimmers in speedos is the same as seeing cyclists in lycra. It can look damn sexy, and I like the fantasy, but the reality is usually a bulging mess of flab or a complete skinny lack of shape.

And for the former reason, I don't wear speedos or lycra
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The general reason why Americans wear trunks at all is simply prudity.
No, it's because they are so much more sliming than Speedo's.

I wonder if "The Borat" would be ok? Sans tophat, of course.

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Well ok, you call it snobbery when some idiot kid bombs in front of you kicking you in the head, or some whale of a man is doing widths while attired in what can only be described as a bed sheet loin cloth and blocking the whole pool, and you have to dodge these obstacles while also trying to get a proper work out; and that is not frustrating?
That's right. Your fun is much more important than their fun.
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Seeing swimmers in speedos is the same as seeing cyclists in lycra. It can look damn sexy, and I like the fantasy, but the reality is usually a bulging mess of flab or a complete skinny lack of shape.

And for the former reason, I don't wear speedos or lycra
Oh, what has happened to men...It's the confidence, the confidence!!!

Bulging mess/flab or skinny in speedos, whatever, but walking like a captain of the ship, yes!

I think I am too old.
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Re: Question about Men's Bathing Trunks

ah that's different- I agree with having a pool for laps and one for fun - here ours are well seperated to allow all to get their fitness and/or fun on
but still tolerance is required in all cases... we can't all be fit studs (god knows i'm not)

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Well ok, you call it snobbery when some idiot kid bombs in front of you kicking you in the head, or some whale of a man is doing widths while attired in what can only be described as a bed sheet loin cloth and blocking the whole pool, and you have to dodge these obstacles while also trying to get a proper work out; and that is not frustrating?

Main thing is the baggy shorts are RUBBISH for swimming in, if you actually swim properly they come off after the first length, (which by the way is not very acceptable).
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No, it's because they are so much more sliming than Speedo's.

I wonder if "The Borat" would be ok? Sans tophat, of course.

Ok..no. This is too much. And I am planning to chill at the pool today with the bub this image will haunt me..
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