Episode 78: Smollop: The Dark Secret of Swimming Pools

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


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

About Carla

This Bluestocking bookworm is your friendly Dollop web-wrangler and digital library curator. In other words, pay no attention to that woman behind the curtain. I'm just here to John Nash all this stuff together. It's all about connections. IT'S ALL CONNECTED. I live atop a mountain, geographically isolated for the protection of others. Yes, an American mountain.