Do kids still play shirts vs. skins in school or pick me up basketball? I saw a website called shirtsvsskins.org and it had no pix of bare-chested players. In eight grade we played that way and I remember being shocked to see chest hairs on one more mature boy. But that was the 70's. I can imagine that in today's world it may be considered harassment to force a boy to take his shirt off. What are your experiences?
Absolutely brutal and the most silly thing I´ve ever seen.
Pick-up basketball, yes -- at the Y and on outdoor courts, but not in military gyms where the rule is no bare abs for men or women, so guys can't take their shirts off and girls can't work out I sports bras.
It sounds like US military culture has become a lot more like the rest of the puritanical towel dancing American culture.
Witnessed a towel dance today!
Your story reminds me of when I was a youth counselor in Sweden at a confirmation camp for coed 14 year olds. One of the first "ice breaker" games was to break up into teams and see what team could make the longest line of clothes. Soon everyone was in their underwear and didn't seem to think much of it. One kid was from a Swedish missionary family in Africa, which is very modest with clothes, and he was mortified. The other kids encouraged him and eventually he took his shirt off. Yes this was a church camp and I was very aware that I was not in the US.