Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Saturday, October 28, 2017

OK, imagine you're a 14-year-old boy. You've just started your freshman year at a brand new high school. You're self conscious and worried about fitting in. Then, your gym teacher tells you to strip naked and walk onto the pool deck with your nude male classmates. Yes, those same classmates you sit next to in math.


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It's hard to imagine that any high school would require boys to swim naked today. But for more than 50 years (even until 1980, by some accounts), this was standard policy at public high schools in Chicago and across the country.

Curious City listener Michael San Filippo grew up hearing stories about what it was like from his dad.

"We just could not really believe that that was something they did," he says.

Michael and several other listeners have sent questions to Curious City asking for more information about the school policy. Specifically, Michael asked: Why did Chicago boys swim naked in high school? How did that start and why did it stop? And was it unique to Chicago?


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This actually happened? Did any of you geriatric cases on the DR ever have to do this?

Or maybe I'm over-reacting. I mean, all us guys in gym class back in the seventies had to shower together in group showers after gym class, but still, damn....

#1 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-10-28 03:02 AM | Reply

it's a "bonding" thing. i read that all Reptoids did this. imbw

#2 | Posted by ichiro at 2017-10-28 03:37 AM | Reply

#2 "bonding", my ---. It was done to create the gay psychic-sexual energy Reptoids feed on. I have no doubt about that.

#3 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-10-28 03:48 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Doc and Corky LOVED swim class.

#4 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2017-10-28 09:47 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

I read JFK swam naked in the pool at the White House.

#5 | Posted by eberly at 2017-10-28 09:50 AM | Reply

Creepy "Uncle Joe" Biden did that as well, to the considerable embarrassment of female secret service agents.

#6 | Posted by nullifidian at 2017-10-28 10:25 AM | Reply

We boys swam naked at my Jr high in the 70s. It wasn't a problem because homosexuality hadn't been invented yet. That came later when Reagan's scientists created AIDS.

#7 | Posted by visitor_ at 2017-10-28 03:16 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"gay psychic-sexual energy," a cover for 21st century toxic masculinity and the new world order.

#8 | Posted by ichiro at 2017-10-28 05:21 PM | Reply

#8 Hmm. You may have a point. I'll look into it.

#9 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-10-28 05:24 PM | Reply

Interesting. When I type "gay psychic-sexual energy" into google, all I get is articles about Justin Bieber. Why the hell is that?

#10 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-10-28 05:31 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Are you sure you weren't searching Teen Vogue?

#11 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-10-28 05:32 PM | Reply

In the presence of pedophiles.

#12 | Posted by fresno500 at 2017-10-28 09:01 PM | Reply

Funny, when I type "gay psychic-sexual energy" it brings up the drudge retort.

#13 | Posted by visitor_ at 2017-10-28 09:25 PM | Reply

I went to a Chicago high school 67-71. Had to swim naked. Miserable, humiliating and pointless.

#14 | Posted by Madmark at 2017-10-28 10:53 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Uh-oh...cold-water shrinkage!

#15 | Posted by Greatamerican at 2017-10-29 01:14 AM | Reply

Doc and Corky LOVED swim class.


Schizo wishes he could swim in a pool filled with Trump's baby batter.

#16 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2017-10-29 01:37 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

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