I could not agree with you more on this subject. Its surprising to not only find these shower-print dork shorts on the beach, but also in the gym pool facilities. I cant imagine how uncomfortable these must be, but you find men of all ages wearing them to the pool. I usually am the only one in a swimming brief, which to me has always been comfortable and the ideal choice for doing laps. And yet it amazes me everytime that I' am the one that gets stared at for sporting the appropriate swimming attire.
I feel it has to do with the hip-hop culture, where baggy is supposed to represent masculinity. Or, men now days are too ashamed of their bodies that even to swim laps they have to wear knee-length board shorts. I refuse to give in, I'm proud of my body, and sure I may not be perfect, I'm comfortable with being who I' am.
Now at the beach for example, you find men (majority) trying to get a tan in those awful board shorts. Its just silly to me. If you want a tan, you have to do it right, and I dont compromise there either. Depending on the rules and regulations of the destination, I prefer to wear tanning/swim wear that minimizes tanlines. If women can do it, why cant we? I feel there is so much of a double standard when it comes to what women can wear to the beach or pool.
I think more people should contribute and voice their opinion. And Claude, what kind of swimwear do you prefer?
Please find attached a picture of me in what I deem is appropriate swimwear for tanning