1-3. Nudity is often more comfortable and practical than clothing.
1. There are times when clothing is physically uncomfortable. Nudity, on the other hand, is often much
2. For many activities, nudity is often far more practical than clothing.
Bernard Rudofsky writes: "The custom of wearing a bathing suit, a desperate attempt to recapture some of
our lost innocence, represents a graphic expression of white man's hypocrisy. For, obviously, the bathing suit is
irrelevant to any activity in and under water. It neither keeps us dry or warm, nor is it an aid to swimming. If the
purpose of bathing is to get wet, the bathing suit does not make us wetter. At best, it is a social dress, like the dinner
jacket." 1 Yet Americans spend $900,000,000 each year on bathing costumes.2
3. Clothing also restricts movement, and encumbers the athlete. Studies done by the West German Olympic
swim team showed that even swimsuits slow down a swimmer.3
1. Rudofsky, Unfashionable Human Body 69.
2. Kearney 39.
3. D. Smith 92.