Who knew the Turks were so much in favor of the boxer-brief?!
It must be so, since this summer, the city of Istanbul actually forbade men from swimming in their tighty-whities. (See the story in today's WaPo.) Apparently, it's been customary among the more prolo-Turks from Turkey's inner country to sunbathe and swim in their whities (which are actually more loosey, than tighty, and as such, um, a little esthetically challenging...picture grown men in Pampers tanning on the Bosporus). The more Euro Istanbulers found this grossly provincial and basically ordered them all into bathing suits. So while the male packages are now better contained, the contained men are furious: "It was more fun in don!"--Turkish for underpants--they're all saying.
Is there no place left where a man can swim in his XXL Jockeys? I vote that we turn Governor's Island into Tighty Whitey-stan, an independent republic of expat Turks and other brief-wearing sympathizers, where there is no shame or crime in romping in your undies.