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.For women who sit in wet bottoms, this can be the ideal breeding ground for a yeast infection. Swimsuit fabrics trap detergents, perspiration, dirt, fecal matter and bacteria and then carry all that right into the public pool.But how many people actually shower first at American public pools?
Though we now have better chemical technology, chlorine is not some miracle pool cleaner.However…there is one item of clothing that I prefer to keep buried and forgotten in my dresser: my bathing suit.The bathing suit is one of the most useless articles of clothing ever invented by humanity. Its is to cover up the body parts that American culture (and other cultures) has deemed obscene: butts, genitals and FEMALE nipples. S., the general consensus seems to be: remove bathing suits and all hell will break loose.The beach will become overrun with public sex and perverts.This comes from our society’s gymnophobia (fear of nudity) and the idea that nudity = sex.Here’s a tweet that sort of sums my feelings: “It’s pretty annoying that I have to pay like 0 for a swimsuit, like you literally are a piece of cloth that covers my nipples.” This isn’t to say that men are exempt from any pressure to look slim and muscular in their swim attire because they definitely aren’t.Many guys certainly do experience body image issues come beach season and in general.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.That should be a pretty big clue that we’re not meant to be wearing these things. This can lead to the spread of Recreational Water Illnesses (RWI’s).This is why it’s important to shower before entering a pool.