Places like athens and corinth people were naked. If there is equality of the sexes both sexes should exercise in the nude. Joe isn"t sure if its supposed to funny or not socrates offers three separate rationales for the equality the analogy of dogs (sheepsdogs we don"t distinguish between male or female dog they both do fine as sheepdogs. Why can"t the same be with humans?) the anology is always tricky. If you read bloom"s notes on this part, you will notice stops here in reading the argument. Plato couldn"t have been serious with respect to the equality of the sexes as bloom sees it. The analogy between bald and non bald is not so much a description between male and female although it goes to the description because for sure the description is sure with respect to their physicality.