Mixed bathing

Mixed bathing

Mixed bathing is a term that refers to members of the opposite gender swimming together in the same pool. In ancient Rome, mixed bathing was never the rule in public installations, although it did occur in private facilities.[1] Today, in Japan, the practice is not common.[2] In the Western World, the practice was perceived as being immoral in the early part of the twentieth century, although is commonplace today.[3][4] However, the practice is precluded by some strict Jews and fundamental Christians in the Southern United States.[5][6]


  1. ^ Christopher H. Hallett (2005). "The Roman Nude: heroic portrait statuary 200 B.C.-A.D. 300". Oxford University Press. p. 86. http://books.google.com/books?id=-CZ4n3HOeAIC&pg=PA86&dq=mixed+bathing&hl=en&ei=cKGlTtSeG4ujtge0oKWwBQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=3&ved=0CEAQ6AEwAg#v=onepage&q=mixed%20bathing&f=false. "It is probable that mixed bathing was never the rule in the main public baths in Rome, and that it only went on in private installations." 
  2. ^ Scott Clark (1994). "Japan, a View from the Bath". University of Hawaii Press. p. 103. http://books.google.com/books?id=pT7tP4zFHdYC&pg=PA104&dq=mixed+bathing&hl=en&ei=kKOlTq7-DoqWtwesp6CxBQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=5&ved=0CEoQ6AEwBA#v=onepage&q=mixed%20bathing&f=false. "Mixed bathing is not a common phenomenon for most Japanese people." 
  3. ^ Richard Mervyn Hare (1971). "Essays on Philosophical Method, Volume 275". University of California Press. p. 127. http://books.google.com/books?id=gT1eaLT6Rh4C&pg=PA127&dq=mixed+bathing&hl=en&ei=NKKlTuXoL8mXtwen7PmoBQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=6&ved=0CE8Q6AEwBQ#v=onepage&q=mixed%20bathing&f=false. "The ordinary man in the early twentieth century thought that mixed bathing was wrong simply because that view had been effectively preached to him from his earliest years; on the other hand, the utilitarian may think that there is nothing wrong in it because he has thought the question out in the way described above, putting himself in the place of all those affected, and decided that he can best serve their interests by rejecting the prohibition on mixed bathing, because, as he says, it does nobody any harm." 
  4. ^ "The International Journal of the History of Sport, Volume 24, Issues 5-8". Taylor & Francis. 2007. p. 598. http://books.google.com/books?id=ugsNAQAAMAAJ&q=mixed+bathing&dq=mixed+bathing&hl=en&ei=gaalTsu4O4WEtgfz9MGdBQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=7&ved=0CE4Q6AEwBjgK. "The question of mixed bathing and swimming remained a very vexed one throughout the period. As has already been mentioned, prior to 1800 it would appear that mixed bathing, while not common, did take place from time to time." 
  5. ^ Stefanie Hoss (2005). "Baths and bathing: the culture of bathing and the baths and thermae in Palestine from the Hasmoneans to the Moslem conquest ; with an appendix on Jewish rituals baths (miqva'ot)". Archæopress. p. 77. http://books.google.com/books?id=ugsNAQAAMAAJ&q=mixed+bathing&dq=mixed+bathing&hl=en&ei=gaalTsu4O4WEtgfz9MGdBQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=7&ved=0CE4Q6AEwBjgK. "It is very likely that that the not-Jewish population rejected mixed bathing just as much as the Jewish population did." 
  6. ^ John R Rice. "Amusements for Christians". Sword of the Lord Publishers. p. 25. http://books.google.com/books?id=nETWTBisBM4C&pg=PA25&dq=mixed+bathing+christian&hl=en&ei=6a-lTv-KMIuUtweRqcGPBQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CDQQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=mixed%20bathing%20christian&f=false. "On the other hand, fundamentally sound and devoted Christians in the South are nearly always shocked when they find that fundamental Christians in the North have mixed bathing at their summer Bible conferences, and elsewhere Christian men and women and young people go swimming together and sometimes do not feel it is wrong." 

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