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"When Actaeon saw Diana bathing naked, Diana transformed him into a stag and set his own hunting dogs to kill him."--Diana and Actaeon as told by Sholem Stein

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Skinny dipping, also spelled skinny-dipping, is swimming naked, i.e. without any swimsuit. Skin(ny) diving is both used as a synonym and for free diving.


In popular culture


Nude swimming was a common subject of Old Masters and Romantic oil paintings, usually bucolic or in a mythological or historical setting. In later days it became rarer, but more likely to depict straight-forward contemporary scenes.

  • Norman Rockwell's painting No Swimming that adorned the cover of the June 4, 1921 edition of the Saturday Evening Post with boys in various states of undress escaping from the local authorities.



pretexts for nudity in film

There are numerous mainstream films which contain scenes with people swimming or diving (jumping into water) in the nude, though at earlier times they were closely scrutinised by film censors. Nude swimming is considered more innocent than nudity in an explicitly sexual context.

The National Lampoon's Vacation'Bold text there is nudity when Clark (Chevy Chase) and and the unknown female (Christie Brinkley) strip in the motels' pool, Where Clarke and his family are staying.


  • In Petticoat Junction, Kate Bradley's three beautiful daughters - Billie Jo, Bobbie Jo, and Betty Jo - are shown during the show's opening theme skinny dipping in Hooterville's water tower. The line, "Lots of curves you bet and even more when you get to the Junction." contains a bit of sexual innuendo in that it possibly refers not to the railroad tracks, but to the girls' figures.
  • In Ren and Stimpy, Stimpy takes off his fur emulating nudity and jumps into a lake. When Ren takes off his fur, he is revealed to be wearing briefs. Stimpy insists he take them off, in which Ren hesitantly does and the two swim. Then, two nudists see them and, much to their chagrin, join them. This followed by other types of nude events, such as "skinny stomping."
  • In the Smallville episode "Slumber", Lana convinces to Clark to go skinny dipping with her, although it was revealed to be a dream.
  • In Gavin and Stacey Season 2 Episode 1, Stacey reveals that she and Gavin went skinny dipping on a deserted island while on their Honeymoon.
  • An episode of Doogie Howser, M.D. featured Doogie Howser and a female acquaintance of his mother's going skinny dipping in their pool.

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