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Beach Etiquette Rule #1: To Speedo or Not to Speedo?
Submitted by: Sandy Beeches Print Story
Oct 05, 2010
By Steve Huebl This is a common dilemma for men when heading off to the beach. Dare they venture out in public donning this skimpy form of spandex beachwear, leaving very little to the imagination? Or should they cover up, opting instead for the baggier and less revealing swim shorts? This, of course, depends on many things. Firstly, consider where you are. In Europe, speedos have been the norm on beaches for generations. Though perhaps not as prevalent as they once were, you’re still far more likely to come across scantily-clad speedo-wearing men on a European beach compared to, say, one in the U.S. In North America, straight men are far less likely to be seen out in public in a speedo nowadays. It’s been hypothesized that it’s due to a more conservative culture, a more obese population or simply sheer shyness. Many even find the use of speedos offensive. Let’s face it, it’s not called a “Banana Hammock” for nothing. According to the results of a Tripadvisor survey that questioned 3,800 U.S. respondents, 35% said men in tight-fitting swimsuits is a violation of beach etiquette. Of course, the survey failed to differentiate between an older, obese man in a tight fitting speedo versus a hunky, 20-something-year-old Brad Pitt-look-a-like. This is the next consideration when choosing whether or not a speedo is for you. If you’re packing the pounds, the truth is nobody wants to see your junk. Despite your self-confidence and your I-don’t-care-what-others-think attitude, do everyone else at the beach a favour and opt for swim shorts. Besides, it will be more comfortable. On the other hand, if you realistically think you could cut it as a model – be honest with yourself – then maybe, just maybe, you could pull off wearing a speedo. The ladies, and even some guys, always appreciate some beach eye candy. Age is another factor. What guy hasn’t grown up wearing a speedo at some point in his childhood? Children in speedos are regarded as cute. Don’t hesitate to strap a speedo onto your child for a fun day at the beach. Your 40+-year-old husband on the other hand, that’s another story. When deciding what type of swimwear is best for you, just use common sense. Do you have the right body type for skin-tight spandex? Are you in a country where speedos are generally acceptable? Are you sure you even want to be showing off your package? If you really feel the need for something tight-fitting, consider square-cut spandex shorts as an alternative to the over-revealing bikini-style speedo. Everyone else at the beach will appreciate it.
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Submitted by Balqan on 05/20/2014
How ridiculous that so many people expect men to wear large board shorts on the beach whilst there are so seldom any adverse comments about women wearing skimpy bikinis. I am a naturist, so my preference is to be completely naked on the beach. Obviously, that is not allowed in most places, so I wear the skimpiest trunks that I can - usually very tiny posing trunks. It is far more comfortable when swimming in the sea, soaking up the sun or going for a walk. Occasionally, if it is appropriate, I will go further and wear a tiny g-string. It is definitely very revealing, but if women can wear g-strings and show off their bodies, why not men? Occasionally, wearing such tiny swimwear in the warm sun can be quite arousing, but providing you are careful not to get an erection, then there should be no problem. It can be sensible to have something to hand to cover up just in case.
Submitted by Bfree on 05/30/2012
Long shorts in the water? How ridiculous. If you can't go naked, go with the next best thing. Sadly, for many men, their legs are their best feature... yet clothing designers want us to cover them up to the knee? And so what if there is a bump in the crotch of small swimwear... would you rather your man have nothing there? How is it that American's can be so uptight?
Submitted by Grossed Out Girl!!! on 05/11/2012
Steve Huebl is an idiot. Imposing his opinion as fact. For what it is worth, men at the beach in speedos could care less if you like what you see or not. Man or woman. It is the most practical swimsuit for swimming, period. You would have all men in boardie burkas. No matter what suit you wear if you are fat, you are fat. no swimsuit, no matter how long, covers up a fat man. Face it. You just are uncomfortable seeing the outline of a mans anatomy. What an ass.
Submitted by Mike on 03/05/2012
In Miami there are so many visitors from all parts of the world. Almost every beach hotel you go to has at least half the men wearing speedos on the beach and around the pool. After staying in Miami with my girlfriend one weekend, she told me that she loved seeing men in their speedos and insisted that she buy me one and that I wear it...at least while staying in Miami. With trepidation, I put the speedos on under my shorts and headed to the pool. We put our towels down on some chairs and decided to go into the pool. I was nervous, but took my shorts off and headed to the pool. What I did not expect to happen did. I was excited to be showing off my body. The feeling of women, other than my girlfriend, looking at me was such a turn-on, that I immediately became aroused. Good thing that I was close to the pool to get into the water quick. The thing is though that I didn't want to get into the pool so quick. I enjoyed the looks from other women. After a brief dip, my girlfriend said let's go lay out. By this time, two women had taken the chairs next to us and were lying in the sun. My girlfriend said that she needed to go to the bathroom and would meet me back at our chairs. As I got out of the pool, I realized that I was almost completely erect under my now dripping wet, and clingy speedo. As I approached our chairs, both of these women had their eyes glued to my package. Wow, what a feeling! I grabbed my towel and began drying off while facing them. They both smiled and looked me in the eye, and then both looked down at my bulging speedo. At this point, I looked at them and smiled. What else could I do. I couldn't believe what happened next. One of the women said to me, "You look really good in that suit". At this point I became embarrassed and explained that my girlfriend had bought me this suit to wear for this vacation and that I was not used to walking around in next to nothing. They smiled and again looked down where I was practically popping out of my suit and the other one said, "I love seeing men in speedos". I then said, "they don't leave much to the imagination, especially when I look like this, so I hope they do not offend you". The one women says to me, "oh no, they are quite sexy". I said thank you and lied down on my chair. This is when my girlfriend got back and joined me. For the next 45 minutes I'm lying next to these two attractive women with a total hard-on. I spotted them both staring at my bulge constantly. My girlfriend didn't seem to mind and I think was amused that I was enjoying it so much. She later told me that she loved other women looking at me especially while I was so hard and that she enjoyed showing me off. I will forever now enjoy and get excited about wearing a speedo around appreciative women. Don't believe when you read that no American women enjoy seeing a man in a speedo. After all, they're on vacation too. I always wonder what they would have said to me if they thought I was single and by myself???
Submitted by Giancarlo on 02/07/2012
When deciding what type of swimwear is best for you, just use common sense. Do you have the right body type for skin-tight spandex? Ladies this goes for you too. Your muffin top is not a turn on, nor are your cottage cheese thighs. The last thing I want to see at the beach is 180 + lbs of Bacon roasting in the sun. Be a little more conservatie and put on a viel and a curtian.
Submitted by Reality Check on 01/31/2012
It's winter where I am and I cannot wait until summer so I can wear my speedo again. Until then, I am working out hard to look really ripped this year. The choice to wear a speedo really makes me want to have a great physique. If guys were forced to wear speedos, I bet you wouldn't see as many beer guts that cover themselves up with capri length shorts. Seriously, what the hell is the point in wearing long shorts in the water or getting some sun?! Women and men who frown upon the speedo obviously don't understand this. Ok, so it might show more of an outline of a man's package, but whatever...we have them! As long as a man wears a speedo that's appropriate for the setting that they are in, what is the problem? I've learned to ignore what other people think and wear what makes me happy. Life is too short for this crap. Guys, if you want to wear one, just do it...NOW! I love my speedo(s). Yes I have a few pairs. :)
Submitted by Geez on 01/19/2012
Put a pair of boardshorts on the guy in the top picture and it looks perfect!! Yeah right!! People get with it wear what you want. Be secure in your body, if you don't like it try and improve it. Otherwise get out and enjoy life--covered or not!
Submitted by Jim on 12/15/2011
I have a particularly small penis, I love to wear them for a laugh. Is that wrong?
Submitted by Thom on 08/18/2011
There is so much talk about form fitting swimwear. Many feel that any form of swimwear that is form fitting on men is gross and should not be allowed. The cat is out of the bag on this topic as form fit is the trend in ALL sportswear. Just visit a sporting goods store or watch more sports. There is little or no difference between a speedo Jammer and bike shorts, mens wrestling togs, running shorts, and the whole undergear line of sports clothing. It may not be made by speedo but it all looks the same. So now what? Maybe boys should not play football because everyone can see a bulge in front. Im sorry but I just do not understand why the same Speedo looking shorts are OK in one sport and not the other.
Submitted by Jonas on 08/17/2011
I agree with Jonas here. I am a mid 40s male who has a killer body. I also compete in bodybuilding and am very fit. I would live in my speedo if I could as it shows off all of my hard work in the gym and cardio areas. My wife love the way I look, and I have gotten many compliments from both male and females on the beach or at the public pool. I have earned the right to wear whatever I want as long as its not obscene! If you are a fit in shape red blooded male. Show off your manhood in all its glory. It makes me proud to be a man!
Submitted by Speedopro on 07/27/2011
Speedos are practical for (you guessed it) swimming. They are comfortable, dry fast, and leave a nice tan line. The knock on them as being unsightly (esp. on fat hairy guys) or gay is bogus. It's the obesity not the swimwear that makes it unsightly. The guy in the picture above would not be appealing to look at in a Speedo OR boardshorts. Firm flat abs are hot in Speedos AND boardshorts. Plenty of gay AND straight guys like them. Some women don't like seeing the outline of a guys package and some do. So, live and let live, look or look away, to each his/her own.
Submitted by Seth on 07/26/2011
I am a competitive bodybuilder and former triathlete, so I am in great shape. I wear speedos any chance I get. In fact, I go even further and wear my bodybuilding posing trunks which are barely more than a thong. If people don't like it, TOUGH. I work hard at building and maintaining my physique and have earned the right to wear anything I want as long as I cover the privates.
Submitted by Doug on 07/14/2011
I agree with Reality. I have been wearing "speedo"-style suits for years - my wife bought my first one as a gift. I do not understand why it is acceptable for women of all ages and sizes to wear swim suits of any style regardless of whether they are attractive, but men are judged of what to wear solely based on how handsome they are. At the beach I see many men and women who are well overweight and should not wear any type of swimsuit and that seems to be acceptable. I wear the bikini suits because they are much more comfortable, cooler, and easier to swim in. Those long, baggy shorts that are stylish (my children have them) are just not comfortable for swimming. Women can wear a bikini, but men are judged for it. I just keep wearing mine, try to be as discrete as practical, and try to avoid any leers coming my way. I wish, though, that others could be as tolerant of this style choice as the world wants us to be about other choices. I don't sit on the beach and stare and laugh at the overweight men and women walking by regardless of their attire. These criticisms of mens' swimwear choices sounds a little like grammar school girls making fun of the less popular crowd.
Submitted by Jon on 06/27/2011
I'm a 39 year old American male that enjoys wearing speedos any chance I get. I stay fit and am proud to say I am not one of those beer-belly gut offenders as shown in the picture above. If anything, the choice to wear a speedo makes me want to stay as fit as possible. My wife doesn't mind me wearing one just as long as I wear it with confidence. So guys, if you've always wanted to wear a speedo, just go for it. You'll learn a lot about yourself in the process. Be who you are!
Submitted by Jon on 04/20/2011
Good choice of picture to completely turn people off from speedos. I hope you didn't think you would get sympathy for that type of swimwear with this illustration of a beer gut. Have you considered this depiction of a man wearing a speedo to get a more balance story? http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_RWOnrKFYUwQ/SMAuia3-OOI/AAAAAAAAcc4/Cpw_wuFnxmg/s1600-h/bsC049.jpg
Submitted by James on 02/19/2011
Since people are highly and opinionated I will join in. First of men, not metrosexuals do not care what they wear if it is functional. Baggy board shorts to your knees are silly and rediculous. Only boys wear these things. Girls like trendy not and trendy right now is listed about I go nude or wear shorts when swimming but could care less what busy body social monitoring side of the mouth talking people think. Finally age weight body inappropriate clothing is so normal for women it goes unseen. You do not see men pointing this out because it is pointless.
Submitted by Ius Fahted on 02/17/2011
Mike, I don't think there is an association between "wearing brief style swimwear" and being gay. Im gay and have never worn any speedos. However, my mother's 71 year-old Italian Boyfriend does all the time! I think it is more of an old-school Italian and French thing.... The debate should not be speedo or not to speedo...it should be to Thong or not to Thong!
Submitted by Miami vacation first time speedo wearer on 02/13/2011
First off, the writer's opinion that speedos are uncomfortable is just that - his OPINION. A proper pair of speedos is the next best thing to skinny dipping. I also don't understand the stigma about wearing them. I think a lot of it has to do with the association between wearing brief style swimwear and being gay - an association that didn't exist prior to the early eighties. An association that also holds no logic. Lastly, most people don't bat an eye if an overweight woman or even an obese woman is wearing a two-piece swimsuit.
Submitted by Halsey on 11/23/2010
Guys, com'on! Unless you have David Beckam's body please do us all a favour and REFRAIN from wearing a speedo on the beach. Nobody wants to see sub-par body on the beach wearing a speedo. On the other hand, if you are amongst the few that have "got it", then YES please, go ahead and be proud of all those long hours at the gym!
Submitted by SlimJim on 11/14/2010
I agree, I've travelled extensively in Europe and the speedo is a non-issue. I think North Americans need to get over themselves and stop worrying about what other people are wearing at the beach. The body is nothing to be ashamed of! Wear what makes you feel comfortable.
Submitted by MelbFla on 11/11/2010
I grew up in Europe and as a kid, the norm was that till you go to school (6 years old) you will run around naked. Nobody had an issue with that and we kids enjoyed the freedom. Later you would get your speedo and the fun went on. Since I came to Canada, I went a couple of times to the beach with these baggy pants, to follow the norm... Well, let me tell, I felt really weird and uncomfortable, especially after going into the water, I had the feeling I'm wearing a skirt. I don't understand why 35% of North Americans are getting so easily offended by what a skinny, or an overweight guy would wear, while being very accepting of what a woman wears, no mater her weight. I'm hopeful, after all, 35% is not the majority...