August 28, 2015

At school, swimming caps were mandatory, and we hated them. It didn’t matter how much talc we poured in, they were always such a pain to peel on and off. I heard a similar lament this morning from a woman who grew up in the 60s who said that while her latex cap was pretty to look at (a psychedelic flower print) it was always so painful “especially when my Mom pulled it off my head, pulling my hair out with it.” When men started sporting long hair and ponytails, she said, and still swam without a cap, women decided they could do the same. “If men didn’t have to wear swim caps, neither should we.” Of course these days, they’ve come full circle, with caps making a splash once again. Only this time around, it’s purely aesthetic.




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