New Study Suggests Men Should Not Wear Speedos at Public Pool
Or Anywhere Else, for That Matter
November 1, 2020
A new study conducted by an Atlanta area woman has concluded that men wearing Speedos at public swimming pools are looked upon unfavorably by female patrons. Atlanta resident Larkyn Simony, 42, conducted the study after repeatedly being approached in the YMCA pool by fellow swimmer Richard Lopez, 44, of Dunwoody.
Simony developed the study after Lopez, who wears a tiny black speedo when he swims in the pool, kept engaging her in conversation as she tried to swim. The study used a survey method to gather data from respondents.
He would wait for me to touch the wall to turn around, and then start asking me about myself. He also brought up his ex-wife repeatedly. I had to keep my head underwater as I turned around or pretend I didn't see him to complete my workout undisturbed. Sometimes, he offered to teach me proper swimming form, even standing behind me and maneuvering my arms into the correct position. He brushed up against me a whole lot, and I think he did it on purpose. AND he did it, like four days in a row!
After several such incidents, late last week Simony began conducting the study to convince Lopez that his advances, and specifically, his Speedo, would not be enjoyed by any female swimmer.
Gertrude Pickens, 72, another swimmer at the YMCA pool, recounts one of the incidents as follows. "She (Simony) was doing a backstroke, and I saw her look up when she reached the wall at the shallow end. He (Lopez) was standing over her on the side of the pool in his banana hammock. His belly was hanging over it, so I'm sure she probably couldn't even see his face since she was down below him. He tried to climb down into her lane, and you could see the disgust in her eyes. It was like someone had asked her to eat a spider on that Fear Factor show."
To conduct the study, Simony went to the YMCA pool during the hours when Lopez had typically harassed her. For two weeks, as Lopez walked each way between the pool and the locker room, Simony surveyed female swimmers about how they would feel if Lopez made advances at them while wearing his Speedo. She also asked what their reactions would be to his "accidentally" brushing up against them while sharing a swimming lane.
Ninety-five percent of respondents stated they would be unhappy and feel "squiggy" if Lopez made such advances. If an "accidental" brush-up occurred, they said they would exit the pool immediately. They also unanimously agreed that only Olympic water polo players and men they personally found incredibly attractive should wear tiny Speedos while swimming.
YMCA Aquatics Director Bernard Stapleton commented on the situation, saying, "We don't have a rule against a man wearing a teeny-weenie bikini to the pool if he so chooses. However, I wouldn't personally advise it."
Some YMCA employees, including front-desk manager, Mary Watkins, have criticized the study as being "unscientific." Watkins stated, "You can't just ask people if they like something and call it a study. You have to measure things, at least."
Lopez continues to swim at the YMCA pool, and says he is thinking of switching his swimming attire from a Speedo to bike shorts.
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