Mixed bathing condemned

Published: 25 August 1913

A letter writer in today’s Irish Independent, signing themselves simply as ‘Aloysius’, has condemned the practice of mixed bathing in the swimming pools and lidos of Ireland. The writer argues that Ireland is ‘being flooded by a wave of sensuality, which threatens to destroy the purity of our Irish womanhood. Every effort is made to degrade females who, apparently, are unconscious of the danger’. The letter goes on to condemn the immodest fashions of Irish women and the ‘so-called studies of art which disgrace our shop windows '.

He concludes by stating that those who speak out against mixed bathing 'will have earned the heartfelt gratitude of every decent mother in the country.'

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