America’s public pools have historically been a place where social realities are intensely mediated by the intimacy of the unclothed body in a shared medium of water and common activity of recreation.
Immersion in an aquatic sphere creates a liminal medium phenomenologically distinct from daily life- medium for transformation.
It has become my belief that water is not just a resource, but an elemental public sphere.
As we begin to view bodies of water as an elemental extension of the public sphere, the importance of access to public pools becomes clear.
Without access to pools or other bodies of water, one cannot possess the ability to swim.
Without the ability to swim, one is fundamentally excluded from not only pools, but all aquatic spaces.