Episode 78: Smollop: The Dark Secret of Swimming Pools

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 All right, boys, let’s see those dicks! Girls, lace ’em up!”
–Garth

Creepy on two levels: oogie pedophiliac taste to it, with a moldy sexist icing to it. Nude boys with the implication that girls’ bodies are nasty and must be covered. Let’s cripple everyone’s developing sexual maps at one fell swoop! The YMCA strikes again.
JSIMBloomersSignBWContested Waters: A Social History of Swimming Pools in America * Jeff Wiltse
NPR: Review of Wiltse’s book, with more background, excerpt, info on the racism angle, and photographs: Plunging into Public Pools’ Contentious Past
The Springboard in the Pond: An Intimate History of the Swimming Pool (Graham Foundation / MIT Press Series in Contemporary Architectural Discourse) * Thomas A. P.  van Leeuwen
 
NPR: Swimming Pool Chemistry…Not Pretty
 
NPR: Naked in High School: Bad Dreams Really Do Come True
Cathartic sharing of nude swimming experiences in an online forum
 
Band names from this episode:

  • Dirty Tubs
  • Street Gamines
  • Teeth in the Pool
  • State of Nature
  • Afraid of Vaginas
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