I'm 48 now and I started freeballing on and off when I was a kid! I grew up on a tobacco farm in rural North Carolina in one of the poorest Counties in the state. I don't ever remember my Dad wearing underwear and it wasn't a big deal if us kids wore them or not, at least us boys. It made perfect sense: as a little kid we got really dirty playing so it made no difference if we had underwear on, and as Teens we started helping out, working on the farm, and we got really dirty and sweaty every day in the Summer. Also, when working in the heat and humidity you really didn't want to have a layer of unnecessary clothes on that was going to stay soaking wet all day!
It was perfectly OK to sleep naked, too! I have never owned a pair of pajamas. As a little kid I remember wearing an over-sized T-shirt that went down to my knees, but Mom didn't put underwear on us after our nighttime baths. By the time I was maybe 10, sleeping fully naked (like Dad) was just the norm. We didn't have any Taboos about seeing each other naked; there was nothing sexual about it. And, this seemed very common among my friends families, too. (By the way, I was a member of the YMCA when ALL boys were required to swim naked.)
Mom would buy us new underwear (in the 1970's all boys wore briefs) every year for school and of course throw the old ones away. On my last day of eighth grade, a day like many I didn't wear my briefs, my Mom decided to clean out my closet and drawers of all the old worn out clothes while I was at school. She cut off all the jeans with holes in the knees into shorts (and we really wore them short back then), cut up the cotton shirts into cleaning rags, and already tossed ALL my underwear in the burn-pit! There was nothing strange about this, I figured we would probably be going into town that weekend to do some Memorial Day shopping. The next day, Saturday, we did go shopping. While we where in the underwear department, Mom picked up several packs of socks and then as she walked down the aisle she glanced at the packs of briefs and said something like: "You boys won't be needing any of those till school starts if you even want 'em. You hardly ever wear 'em and they're too hot for the Summer." Then it occurred to me that she was right! I couldn't remember wearing any briefs all last Summer; I did have them in the drawer but never thought about putting them on. And, I was wearing them less and less during the school year. So, this was the first Summer I remember of not owning any underwear. When the Fall came she did buy me just one "three pack" and that seemed plenty considering she did laundry every day and I know there were weeks at a time I didn't wear them that next year. By my senior year I was freeballing full time and didn't wear or own any underwear till I went for my physical exam to join the Navy. I only wore them then because the recruiter had told all of us, "Make sure you're wearing underwear, 'cause that's all you'll be wearing for most of that day."
Re: Mom threw ALL my briefs away when I was a kid!
October 24 2012, 8:39 PM
I guess it's within the realm of possibility, but if you're 48, you were 8 in 1972. I know HS nude swimming lasted into the late 70's, but by that time it was increasingly rare. You say you were a farmboy. I guess you could have gone to the city where there was a Y. What city was that? How old were you when you swam nude at the Y? How many years did you do it? At this point, I'm a little skeptical that there's at least some embellishment to your story, but a little more detail could make me less so.
I'm 48, born 1964, nothing more I can say about proving my age, I'm not going to make my drivers license or birth certificate public. I swam naked at the Durham, NC, YMCA through the Summer of 1976 (I was 12). Our Church sponsored the weekly trip to Durham for the boys. Things change slowly here in the South. It was 1974 when a woman in Seattle, WA, filed a complaint with the Y, that she wanted to swim on her lunch break. Naked swimming classes at all Y's didn't entirely discontinue until 1980. Today, private swim parties can still swim naked. Some nudist organizations do this, yes, I've been to one at a YMCA. No exaggeration or embellishment, living here in some ways is like stepping back in time.
My Mom was a cool lady. Born in the great depression, sang in the dance-halls with the USO during WWII, very down-to-earth and realistic. I think that is why she never stressed wearing underwear and even encouraged freeballing. I think her thought was that men's underwear was for dirty people who didn't bathe every day.
I freeballed rite out of diapers part time and my mom never bought me more then 3 pairs of underwear. When she dressed me it was allwas at random. Sometimes she put underwear on me and other times she didn't. As I learned to dress myself the rule was wear clean underwear or no underwear.
By age 5 my step dad caught on to my only putting underwear on when I was in trouble and about to get a whipping because at that point he was making me take off my pants and and let me leave underwear on if I was wearing any. Once he figured that out pants and underwear came off when I got in trouble and I got it bare ether way.
When my mom did a spring cleaning when I was in kindergarten she through out all of what little underwear I had and when we went shoping for school clothes at the begining of the next school year she walked past the underwear rack picked up 1 pack and said "you need this" I said no"she then put it back and I haven't owned underwear since the middle of kindergarten.
Re: Mom threw ALL my briefs away when I was a kid!
October 27 2012, 11:32 AM
Interesting story. Was freeballing common in your area at the time among children and/or adults, or was it specific to your family?
I do find it interesting to hear of parents (especially mothers) who approve of freeballing. Most (including my own) would likely have opposed it on the grounds of "hygeine" or something along those lines.
RE:my mom threw my underwear away when I was a kid.
October 27 2012, 4:45 PM
I grew up in Huntsville, AL among white kids there were a few. There was allot of migrint hispanic kids that freeballed because there parents were to poor to buy them underwear.
Where I went to school it was more motivation to stay out of trouble because my school princaple had the paddle and made boys lower their pants to the ankels in his office. No underwear ment bare bottom with extera swats and the added emberassment.
Many of my of my classmates and neighbor-boys freeballed regularly. It was much more common than today. I think a couple factors were: the poverty of my area, the hot humid climate of the Summers, and it was the 1970's. There was a bad-boy heavy-metal image to not wearing Underwear for some and a down-home country-boy image in not wearing UW for others. Girls were another matter; it seemed they were always expected to wear UW, maybe for hygienic or religious reasons. My Mother had a high standard of hygiene for us, bathing was not optional. And, she would do laundry every day. This was just a necessity having a farmer husband and six children (two girls and four boys). I think in her logic it was better to change pants frequently than to be wearing dirty underwear. By my High School years I viewed white briefs (tighty-whities) as nothing more that training-pants; that the other boys mother's never finished teaching them how to wipe their butts.
I went to college at a small school in Alabama from 1973 - 1977. In those days the hippie type guys did not wear underwear with their jeans. No one thought a thing about it and it was never mentioned in conversation.
When I was teen back in the early 80s and somehow noticed there more common than today.I had watched many classic porn movies and noticed there many more guys freeballed compared to present times.I've seen some of my friends plus many others wore no underwear in jeans while changed at school PE,public indoor pool lockeroom and camping too.I noticed in my school and others place that it was common such as bad boys and or heavy metal type guys usually dont wear underwear.In another note,I had watched some R rated movie more than 20 yrs ago which I cannot remember the title about life in youth street gang.I've watched there are several guys got naked and put on gang outsider type clothes such as jeans,cutoff tee ,cutoff denim jacket and no underwear.Back in those days it was bit common for young white street gangs dont wear underwear because either wearing briefs or boxers doesnt fit in their tough images.
They were many reasons why I never wore underwear. At a very early age that I can hardly remember my mother put overalls on me in the summer without underwear (cooler & more comfortable). Going to swimming lessons and doing hard dirty work on the farm was not conducive to wearing underwear. Elastic was bothersome. I simply had a natural desire to not want to wear underwear. When out kayaking, hiking etc I often go swimming with what I have on. Underwear is just a nuisance. To this very day I like wearing my Levi's against my bare skin.