Yesterday, I posted a long piece about naked swimming being the ‘norm’ for boys in the 1950s, in UK to some extent and especially in the USA. I opened the post with an image which appeared in a US newspaper in 1952. Fast forward 65 years, and Facebook censored it!
All posts on my blog are shared with Facebook since shortly after I started.
Facebook showed me the picture it had deleted – OK, it had nude male swimmers on it – and demanded that I review about 50 other images for ‘nudity’. Back in the day, boys at swim meets were instructed NOT to wear costumes. Girls were present, and boys accepted their awards naked in front of parents – and newspaper photographers.
‘Viva’ The Netherlands, where all public pools after 8pm have a ‘clothing optional’ policy for mixed bathing. French beaches covered in topless ladies… French men forbidden to wear anything more than Speedos in public pools (board shorts are “Interdit”!).
And now, in 2017, we have masses of school boys scared even to take off their shirts in front of other boys in the locker room when changing for Phys Ed.
And that, gentlemen (and any ladies here!) is PROGRESS.
‘Progress’ – in Phys Ed – can be today’s picture theme. All shirtless, of course (deep sigh of despair).
Dave has just reminded me that Facebook famously censored an image of an 18th-century old master containing nudity – and had to recant after public ridicule. Exactly. But I have to say that their algorithm is pretty astute – and almost instantaneous: I posted the item, then immediately remembered something I wanted to add: I did the update in less than three minutes and then it wouldn’t share to Facebook for the update!
Other blog sites (and I regard Facebook as such, although perhaps I shouldn’t, but I don’t feel I want to give it any special status) are full of naked guys doing fully intimate things, often in moving gifs and videos. I could mention Blogger and Tumblr… occasionally one encounters a sign saying ‘image removed for violating policy’ but I would say that 99.9% of the stuff that I would never post here stays on those blogs.
You can, of course, read all about our more intimate activities – as a clutch of gay partners and friends – and there are occasional mentions here but NOT images! – so I direct you to these erstwhile volumes which cover our discovery of gay love, acrobatic work, circus tours, the formation of Tuan Jie (check it out – gosh, it’s over five years now since I blogged about that) and so forth… somewhat more forthcoming perhaps than even those ‘moving gif’ possibilities! Click on covers for more information or search the net for the e-book versions.
And now, more ‘Phys Ed’ progress…
And for the finale, a whole heap of fit young Russians. Or maybe Ukrainians. No nudity here then… but not a shirt in sight either. 7/10 guys – you could at least get into shorts, and barefoot! #1, #3 and #6 are at least trying. I wonder which body you would rate the highest – these are all street workout dudes: #4 would probably make the best acrobat but overall I think – #2.