Baggy shorts are a deliberate and cruel affront to homos'but it's nice to know that straight men are thinking about us so much. Moreover, 'board shorts' hide the chicken legs of a car-centered society in which men watch sport while eating instead of playing. But if you do, it's probably because you're gay. It seems that this evil trend spread to male swimwear. By the 19th century swimming in rivers, lakes, and the sea was almost as popular in England as it had been in Rome'frequently naked, males and females, sometimes at the same time.
The '80s saw a steep rise in the American male's awareness of gays'and with it his desire not to be mistaken for one by in any way signaling that he had an ass and a packet.
It's a symbol of sexual freedom and a rediscovery of the body after centuries of clammy Christian morality. It seems that this evil trend spread to male swimwear. You might even consider yourself slightly overdressed in them. The late '80s was also when male obesity became a big trend in the United States. Male celebs like David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Daniel Craig may now be nicely filling out their Speedos on their beach holidays'but none of these fellows are American. Sometime in the late '80s men's swimsuits began to grow in length and bulk. They successfully campaigned for local bylaws banning daylight bathing, or insisting on the use of 'bathing machines' that allowed the bather to enter and depart the water unseen, or requiring 'neck-to-knee' bathing costumes New York State had such a law until as late as
It was this, not Kylie Minogue, that was their greatest contribution to world culture. By the 19th century swimming in rivers, lakes, and the sea was almost as popular in England as it had been in Rome'frequently naked, males and females, sometimes at the same time. The late '80s was also when male obesity became a big trend in the United States. The institution that did more to export this vision of a sandy, nicely rounded utopia than any other, smuggling millions upon millions of 'budgies,' was originally called MacRae Knitting Mills after the family who founded it in Australia in A typical swimming costume comprised a pair of woolen knickers extending to the knees and a sleeveless jersey.