"While women may hail the return of the skimpy bathers, the style itself is not deemed public or family friendly, and therefore we are requesting that male swimmers wear more appropriate styles such as boardshorts. The resort is also considering introducing mandatory bikini waxing for men, in a bid to prevent unsightly hair from being on display."
Alton Towers Resort sales and marking director Morwenna Angove added "We feel this small brief style is not appropriate for a family venue so we are advising male bathers to wear more protective swimwear such as shorts."
"We are also looking into offering complimentary male waxing, which will ensure we preserve the dignity of all our guests."
|Not allowed at Alton Towers|
However examples of this American prudery are now creeping into every part of our lives. There can be very few gay men out there who have not heard of Grindr or what it is for (to find the nearest shag in as short a time as possible), but to read the rules governing profile pics, you’d think it was for exchanging knitting patterns and cookery tips. These are just some of the funnier ones.
No bare skin one inch above the pubic area.
No pubic hair can be visible
No underwear can be visible, including the underwear waistband showing above pants.
Appropriate public swimwear is allowed. No pubic hair, no outline of the genitals and no portion of the butt can be shown.
Pants and shorts must be worn normally, buttoned and not pulled or hanging down.
No images of hands or fingers pushed in pants or pulling underwear outwards.
No photo that is sexually explicit or suggestive.
Nudity (particularly the genitals) covered up by a towel, hat or other means is not allowed.
No grabbing/holding or touching genitals or genital area.
No crotch area only photos, neither back nor front.
No images that show suggestive or overly sexual poses.
No photos that contain sex props or toys. including the use of fruit/vegetables.
I may be wrong, but it seems to me that this new prudery is even beginning get to gay men in an all male changing room, and they too now equate nudity with sex. Is the reason for their modesty the fact that sex is not allowed in the gym changing rooms? Has innocence disappeared from our new sexual world?