THIS LOCKER ROOM IS A NUDITY-FREE ZONE

September 15th, 2011 · 183 comments

“My kids take swim lessons at Tyler Junior College, and we have to go through the women’s locker room to access the pool,” writes Jennifer in Texas. “Something tells me that some of the ladies here in the Bible Belt don’t appreciate seeing their fellow females displaying the full glory of God’s creation, if you get my drift.”

Just because your nakedness is not uncomfortable for you does not mean that others have the same viewpoint. Let Us ALL RESPECT Each Other.

PLEASE DO NOT AIR DRY Some people (especially students & children) are more modest than others and we should all RESPECT each other.

USE a TOWEL to COVER they are FREE at the Front Desk..........Just Ask

And a shot of the whole scene…

To the Elderly Woman Standing Naked In the Locker Room In A Small Town

related: “Do Not Leave Bathing Suit in the House” (and other pool rules)

extra credit: The horrors of locker-room nudity [Salon.com]

FILED UNDER: "polite notice" · a matter of taste · blitzkrieg approach · most popular notes of 2011 · swimming pool · Texas · that's disrespectful · Won't somebody think of the children?


183 responses so far ↓

  • #1   zenvelo

    “…just walk naked to the front desk to get a towel…”

    Sep 15, 2011 at 12:29 am   rating: 188  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   Rob

      America ???
      Home of the Brave, Land of the > freee ??

      Sep 16, 2011 at 5:07 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #2   CozaT

    Presumably one has to ask for the towel at the front desk before they’re nude.

    Sep 15, 2011 at 12:34 am   rating: 14  small thumbs up

    • #2.1   Anon

      Where’s the fun in that?!?

      Sep 15, 2011 at 9:09 am   rating: 31  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #3   NIP mom

    OH the HORROR!!!! I wonder what they would think about a mom breastfeeding in public??? even MORE horror with the whipping out of the boobs!!!

    Sep 15, 2011 at 12:34 am   rating: 51  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   Yougottabekidding

      Probably the same as the rest of us….
      I’m a woman with a child and I understand the importance of breast feeding, but I really DON’T want to see your breasts. Breast feed in public all day long, but for the love of all things holy….cover up the breasts. Nobody wants to see you give birth in public, either…..though I realize that just occasionally, shit happens.

      Sep 15, 2011 at 1:27 am   rating: 97  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.2   Micah

      I say the same thing to you and to the pic…look away. At least with breastfeeding in public its protected by law. So get over it. Complaining on the internet is not gonna change how people feed their kids.

      Sep 15, 2011 at 6:51 am   rating: 73  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.3   whatareyoutalkingabout

      I hope that you’re not referring to me when you say ‘rest of us’.. I have no problem with a woman feeding her baby in public.

      Sep 15, 2011 at 7:08 am   rating: 37  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.4   PANs_Labyrinth bang

      Yougottabekidding – did you just compare accidentally giving birth to shit?

      Sep 15, 2011 at 7:26 am   rating: 29  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.5   Drea

      @PANs_Labyrinth: It’s a common phrase. “Shit happens,” is basically “Stuff happens.” She was not comparing birth to shit. Get bigger panties–which is to say (if you don’t understand that expression either) get over yourself.

      But yeah, look away if you don’t like to see breastfeeding or “air drying.” Our society cares way too much about nudity. Almost to the point of obsession. o_O

      Sep 15, 2011 at 7:58 am   rating: 42  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.6   redheadwglasses

      You don’t want to accidentally see a mother’s breast as she nurses her baby? Do you reserve the same attitude for hot young thangs showing off lots of skin in skimpy tank tops?

      Didn’t think so.

      Sep 15, 2011 at 12:00 pm   rating: 34  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.7   PANs_Labyrinth bang

      @Drea: I know, I know. It just doesn’t sound right anyhow – maybe if you’re talking about a car crash or dropping your icecream on the pavement, but giving birth? As if the baby was the “shit” that just “happened”.

      But maybe I’m just being a bit too sensitive about breast-feeding & giving birth, and a bit too insensitive about nudity in locker rooms :)

      Sep 15, 2011 at 12:25 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.8   CaptainC

      Well, a lot of the same muscles are involved in both actions.

      Sep 15, 2011 at 12:51 pm   rating: 18  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.9   PANs_Labyrinth bang

      Using PANs login…
      I’m at a complete loss as to why people of any age are going to swim without showering first in the locker room. Children should not be exempt from this. Not showering before going to a public pool or sauna is just nasty.

      Sep 15, 2011 at 1:56 pm   rating: 18  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.10   Nobody

      Wrong. I want to see You give birth in public.

      – Nobody

      Sep 15, 2011 at 10:16 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.11   Toni

      Breastfeeding was the way it was many years ago. Had I had the benefit to breast feeed my child instead of burying him, I would have loved to have tested this. SO we can compromise…you wear one of those breast feeding covers burying your child so heaven forbid they see tits. And I can dream of having a child that could benefit from my lactation..

      Sep 16, 2011 at 1:52 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.12   FeRD bang

      Ew. SERIOUSLY!?!?

      I can’t think of anything more disrespectful of your child’s memory, than using him/her to play the dead baby card in a fucking internet discussion. You are a horror.

      Sep 17, 2011 at 1:46 am   rating: 108  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.13   abird

      It’s *her* memory, not yours. She can use it in whatever way she finds fitting.

      Sep 18, 2011 at 2:38 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.14   FeRD bang

      Where, exactly, did I lay claim to anyone else’s memory? I just pointed out I think playing the dead-baby card (and totally out of the blue, it’s not like she even worked up to it or anything) was the epitome of painfully-transparent emotional blackmail melodrama, and not only did it destroy any possibility of whatever respect I might have had for her, but actually injected such an uncomfortable tone into the discussion that I immediately wanted to gouge out my own eyeballs.

      But, sure, she can do whatever the fuck she wants however the fuck she wants. And I’ll react however the fuck I react.

      Sep 18, 2011 at 6:14 pm   rating: 52  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.15   fred

      “respect each other” is always a BS argument. If you followed that, you’d respect the persons choice to be naked. Right?

      Sep 18, 2011 at 7:02 pm   rating: 22  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.16   The Elf

      I wonder if by “burying” her child she is referring not to a dead baby but the practice of draping the mother and child with a cloth so that the nursing occurs under the cover. The cloth would be thrown over the mother’s shoulder and extend past the baby’s head, sheilding the breast from view while still allowing the baby to eat.

      If so, it’s pretty hamfisted. I got the idea that Toni might be talking about that practice only because of the fragmented sentence that starts the post “Breastfeeding was the way it was many years ago”, i.e. covering up. It also smacks of La Leche League bs, including making a mountain out of a molehill.

      So to speak.

      Sep 19, 2011 at 11:26 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.17   RickSF

      I imagine Yougottabekidding shaking her fist at puppies and kittens nursing.

      BREASTS!

      Sep 22, 2011 at 12:55 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.18   WTFiswrongwithyoupeople?!

      Breastfeeding is completely natural and ok. Healthy for baby and mom, who cares if it’s done in public. Guess what? your kid sees a boob, won’t be the last time.

      So many people shield their kids from stupid bs like being naked, but then let them play video games where they get to shoot people….. They.are.just.boobs.

      Sep 28, 2011 at 5:26 pm   rating: 16  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #4   julia

    Hells to the ya, am I am gonna tear it up with a comment! Oh for the love of gawd! These peeps need to read “Our Bodies, Ourselves ” ( the earlier the edition, the better), as well as ” The Joy of Sex”! Well, maybe not, if they be thus, prudent. But on the reals, WT and F?

    Sep 15, 2011 at 12:37 am   rating: 23  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   Laura

      Uhh, if there are KIDS who have to walk through the locker room to get to the pool to take their swim lesson (which is just weird, seriously?) then, YEAH, please cover up. I wouldn’t want my 5 year old walking into a room full of boobs and vag’s, that’s just not right.

      Sep 15, 2011 at 8:17 am   rating: 24  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.2   Clumber

      Oh yes, 5 years old is almost too old already to permanently instill an unhealthy set of body images and shame.

      Sep 15, 2011 at 8:37 am   rating: 151  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.3   Rattus

      I grew up with parents who were quite comfortable living in a semi-permanent state of dishabille, and while they were in most other ways atrocious, this is one thing for which I am grateful. Nudity is awesome and people who are afraid of it should learn to embrace it. Swimming nude? OMG, the greatest thing ever. Sitting by the back door in nothing but your underwear before you finish getting dressed and heading into the daily fray? Best part of a day. People in a natural state as they finish cleaning and drying before they head for home? Really don’t give a rat’s ass. I’ve seen tits before and I will see them again. In fact, wait a minute…..yep, just took a look past my pearls and down my blouse, and there they are – tits.

      Sep 16, 2011 at 9:02 am   rating: 72  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.4   clever name

      Yeah I would think it would be better for kids to get a look at the human body when it is in a seriously non sexual state (unless there are lesbian orgy’s going on in that locker room. And if there are where is it please?) Rather that unleash porn or dirty mags. I mean, maybe they will not be foaming at the mouth to get it if it’s not so mysterious?

      Sep 17, 2011 at 5:32 pm   rating: 45  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.5   abird

      I think it’s really important for young kids to see a variety of nude human bodies, old ones, young ones, all colors and sizes. And for this to happen in a safe and non sexual way. Too often the only nudity young people see as they grow up are whatever they happen to catch on HBO when mom or dad isn’t paying attention to the ratings. This makes the kids feel like they should have a body like a movie star. I know I felt this way. It caused me a lot of pain, had I learned to see the nude human form as beautiful from an early age in all of its many forms I might have avoided a whole lot of mental suffering. (eating disorders body dismorphia, there are other reasons why I struggled with these things, but the deep shame I felt about my body and its “flaws” was a big factor, and sometimes still is, it’s hard to shake away that shame, I hate it.)

      Sep 18, 2011 at 2:44 pm   rating: 50  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.6   bookworm

      If you don’t want your kid to look at naked bodies, don’t have children. Seriously.

      Sep 20, 2011 at 5:47 pm   rating: 28  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #5   tracy

    This makes me sad.

    Sep 15, 2011 at 12:44 am   rating: 47  small thumbs up

     
  • #6   Eyebleach

    I agree with the signs. Nobody needs to see anyone they don’t know naked for more than two seconds. Old hippies at my gym are the worst offenders.

    Sep 15, 2011 at 12:47 am   rating: 33  small thumbs up

    • #6.1   park rose

      I attend a gym in Japan. Attached to it is a shower room with a Japanese bath and sauna. There are about 12 open showers, about hip height, with small stools you sit on to wash yourself. Once you are clean, if you want to, you enter the huge bath (similar to a spa) or the sauna, all together, sans clothes or bathing suits. It is same sex.

      I love the fact that everyone is so natural with one another, and it actually encourages acceptance of all forms of body type. It’s a very social time, and encourages women to NOT be ashamed of their bodies.

      Sep 15, 2011 at 1:15 am   rating: 159  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.2   Eyebleach

      That’s awesome. In Japan. But in Massachusetts we are a little more uptight, sadly.

      Sep 15, 2011 at 2:38 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.3   park rose

      You said it. No-one would put up signs like this in Australian public swimming pool change rooms, but a lot of people are self-conscious and do cover-up. A legacy of the Victorian days, or Puritan ancestors, I think.

      Sep 15, 2011 at 3:00 am   rating: 22  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.4   The Elf

      Whatever happened to not looking?

      Sep 15, 2011 at 6:56 am   rating: 76  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.5   nyuu

      @ park rose
      re: Japanese bath/sauna

      There are Korean bath houses of that type all over America, usually labeled as “spa”s. There’s probably one in Massachusetts as well. Just yelp “Korean Spa”.

      LA definitely has a few though I can’t recall their names and the NYC area has a couple as well. Check out KingSpa and SpaCastle.

      Sep 15, 2011 at 8:15 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.6   nyuu

      *I meant @ Eyebleach about park rose’s comment. whoops.

      Sep 15, 2011 at 8:17 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.7   Laura

      @TheElf… so what are you supposed to do, close your eyes as you walk through the locker room?

      Sep 15, 2011 at 8:18 am   rating: 16  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.8   Belinda

      Olympic Spa in Los Angeles is a Korean spa with lots of female nudity, good prices and awesome services. Oh, and endless boobs and vag—for those of us who can handle it.

      Sep 15, 2011 at 10:30 am   rating: 11  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.9   TheGnome bang

      Laura: You could always try looking at people above the neck.

      Sep 15, 2011 at 11:49 am   rating: 43  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.10   The Elf

      Or looking below the crotch.

      Sep 15, 2011 at 12:58 pm   rating: 24  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.11   Nobody

      Yes, I do need to see that.

      -Nobody

      Sep 15, 2011 at 10:17 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #7   pik

    just because the room was specifically created for changing clothes and showering does *not* mean you are welcome to actually take off your clothes! duh.

    Sep 15, 2011 at 12:49 am   rating: 152  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   Baku-chan

      That was exactly what I was thinking! How dare those women take off their clothes in the designated changing area!

      Seems to me that the college needs to create another path to the pool that does not require people to go through the locker rooms.

      Sep 15, 2011 at 8:25 am   rating: 64  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.2   bookworm

      And let the unshowered masses directly through? No thanks!

      Sep 20, 2011 at 5:50 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #8   JetJackson

    It’s not uncomfortable for me to see naked women in the ladies change room. Although it’s probably uncomfortable for them.

    Sep 15, 2011 at 12:51 am   rating: 35  small thumbs up

    • #8.1   unsatisfied

      perv.

      Sep 15, 2011 at 11:19 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.2   JetJackson

      I am no perv! That was sarcasm… I am actually quite considerate and use a hidden camera in the ladies change room so that women don’t have to feel uncomfortable. Far from it and in fact they have no idea I am even watching.

      Sep 15, 2011 at 11:37 pm   rating: 31  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.3   FeRD bang

      I think you’re misunderstanding, JJ. The comment system here can be confusing to the uninitiated, sometimes they don’t put everything in the correct fields. My interpretation is that the person who responded to your comment is an “unsatisfied perv.” — most likely, they’re looking to you for tips and advice.

      (Which means they’ve shrewdly sought out a renowned leader in the field. Well done!)

      Sep 17, 2011 at 5:31 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #9   A Fox

    I am so disgusted by this attitude. If you don’t want to see naked people, then shower at home and stay out of the public locker room. Ugh.

    Sep 15, 2011 at 12:53 am   rating: 126  small thumbs up

    • #9.1   park rose

      Amen.

      Sep 15, 2011 at 1:16 am   rating: 15  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.2   Laura

      The submitter clearly says that you have to walk through the locker room to get to the pool. So what are the prudes to do, NOT go to the pool?

      Sep 15, 2011 at 8:20 am   rating: 9  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.3   Clumber

      @9.2 Or get over themselves and avert eyes if they really feel it is necessary. I rather doubt the locker room requires changing/showering to be on a well lit stage with everything else dark so you have to look at the OMFG NEKKEDNESS!

      And I tap that out as a severe prude with horrible self-image and fear of being accused of “looking”. But you know what? I recognize that is MY issue to carry around in a basket, not your* issue to cater to me about. Our gym has 3-4 curtained privacy areas in the locker room, I use those.

      *”you” in the “other people” sense, not necessarily Laura personally.

      Sep 15, 2011 at 8:47 am   rating: 44  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.4   RP

      “So what are the prudes to do, NOT go to the pool?”

      Yes, exactly!

      Going to a pool is not a right or a need, it’s a WANT. If you want to go to the pool then you have to deal with locker room issues which include nudity. If you can’t handle that then you don’t go to the pool.

      Sep 15, 2011 at 11:48 am   rating: 77  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.5   The Elf

      Or go to a different pool.

      Sep 15, 2011 at 1:00 pm   rating: 24  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.6   Rattus

      Or petition your local public pool to designate a time for “Victorian Swimming Only”.

      Sep 16, 2011 at 9:16 am   rating: 67  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.7   The Elf

      Nah, no local government has the surplus to get a bunch of bathing machines and the staff to wheel them into the pool. And it would have to be two times – one for females and one for males, in case those randy guys catch a glimpse of calf.

      Sep 16, 2011 at 11:17 am   rating: 13  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.8   Rattus

      If Texas can keep anti-sodomy laws on the books and Kentucky can teach those malleable minds that the world is 5,000 years old, then I’m certain most local governments can come up with the werewithal to placate the puritans amongst us.

      Sep 16, 2011 at 11:51 am   rating: 15  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.9   FeRD bang

      Werewithals!?! Shit, everybody load up on silver bullets!

      Sep 17, 2011 at 5:33 pm   rating: 34  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.10   pony girl

      @Rattus,

      Texas got rid of those anti-sodomy laws. and those ridiculous sex-toy laws.

      You’re welcome.

      We still can’t buy whisky on Sundays though. Except in a bar/restaurant. After noon. Feel free to go to a strip club at 10am on Sunday, though. Just, no booze.

      It’s so confusing! Which is why I generally just stay home on Sunday mornings with my BOB.

      ;)

      Sep 17, 2011 at 7:07 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.11   FeRD bang

      Don’t all-y’all have drive-thru liquor stores, tho, down there “deep in the heart”? …For the ultimate in ill-advised pairing convenience!

      Or is that one of them city-slickin’ Urban Legends?

      (Yes, I get that most people who buy liquor everywhere immediately take it out to a car and drive somewhere with it. I understand the logical/rational arguments why there’s no real functional difference offering direct drive-thru purchasing, once you get past that initial hindbrain (over)reaction to the idea. …Anaaaad, now you’ve made me destroy the entertainment value of the premise by overthinking it! Daaaaamn youuuuu!)

      Sep 17, 2011 at 7:54 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.12   pony girl

      @FeRD!

      Nope, they do have them in Louisiana, though, and they are awesome.

      When I first moved here, we were allowed to drink and drive, however. We had no open-container laws, and you could drink while driving, you just couldn’t be drunk. They changed thatlaw soon after I moved here.

      I try not to take it personally. After all, they got rid of the BJ and BOB laws soon after I moved here as well.

      ;)

      Sep 17, 2011 at 10:20 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.13   koalikoon

      Actually we totally do. There’s a drive through “liquor and guns” store just a little south of where I live in TX. It’s in the same town as a convent (I think?), an anti-abortion fetus statue, and a model airplane museum.
      Interesting town.

      Sep 18, 2011 at 1:53 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.14   FeRD bang

      Oh. My. Dog!
      That sounds AWESOME!

      This is now totally the town I want to:
        A. get stranded due to car trouble,
        B. run afoul of a group of intolerant locals, and
        C. meet my back-alley demise
      …in, some day!

      Sep 18, 2011 at 6:20 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.15   pony girl

      Well, yeah, lots of states have those drive-through liquor stores. Louisiana has a drive thru that serves actual drinks in cups with straws. Those drive-through liquor stores or whatever they’re called sell six packs and stuff. I think some of them are cold, but they don’t serve daiquiris in a cup with a straw.

      Sep 18, 2011 at 9:57 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.16   bookworm

      Alternately, Laura can buy her own damn pool and enforce a “prudes only” rule there.

      Sep 20, 2011 at 5:52 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #10   MrCreepy

    Does this not include respecting my desire to remain nude for a bit? If you dislike it, look elsewhere. As to the modesty thing, well, just because I’m comfortable with myself doesn’t make me immodest. Walking around in public nude would do that. Which I am also not opposed to.

    of course, all this is moot because if I were in their bathroom and naked, we would have greater issues, and I would have some authorities asking me to use a towel, too.

    Sep 15, 2011 at 12:56 am   rating: 30  small thumbs up

     
  • #11   pony girl

    I’m confused.

    The only way to get to the pool is through the women’s locker room?

    Isn’t that a bit awkward? Having men walk through the women’s locker room like that? Is that even legal? Is there a youtube channel?

    Sep 15, 2011 at 1:02 am   rating: 43  small thumbs up

    • #11.1   park rose

      I think they might mean mothers or female carers with small children. The mothers are taking the small children into the pool for lessons or swimming. Oh hold on, it says junior college? Maybe her kids are girls? It could be a problem if all sexes walk through the women’s change rooms to get to the pool.

      Sep 15, 2011 at 1:18 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.2   The Elf

      The gym I used to belong to was set up so that you had to go through the locker room to get to the pool. But there were separate locker rooms, so two ways in. I did see one Mom marching her son through with a hand over the boy’s eyes. That cracked me up. If he’s old enough to appreciate what he’s seeing, he’s old enough to make the trek through the men’s locker room.

      Sep 15, 2011 at 7:10 am   rating: 91  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.3   Jennifer

      I am the submitter of the notes. The pool has one access door through the men’s locker room and one through the women’s. The junior college offers a lot of community services, including the swimming lessons that my little kids attend.

      The pool-entrance situation does pose a problem for dads taking their daughters or moms taking their sons because you’re not allowed to let your kid go through the locker room alone and you’re not allowed to bring a boy into the girl’s room and vice versa.

      Sep 15, 2011 at 7:37 am   rating: 22  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.4   Clumber

      @11.3 That is how our gym is set-up too, but you can ask any staff member to act as escort through opposite gender locker rooms OR the instructor(s). I think I have seen staff leading a “rope train” of kids through before. too. There are options if one is willing to find them.

      Sep 15, 2011 at 8:51 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.5   Nunavut Guy

      Yah, but bitching about shit is way more fulfilling.

      Sep 16, 2011 at 8:25 pm   rating: 21  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #12   PANs_Labyrinth bang

    You should put up a note saying: “Just because you’re uptight does not mean that others share the same viewpoint. Let us ALL RESPECT each other”

    Sep 15, 2011 at 1:08 am   rating: 94  small thumbs up

     
  • #13   Nudecyclist

    Youd think that people who worship god with such fervor would understand that our bodies are supposedly “made in his image” and are quite beautiful to behold, in all shapes, colors and sizes. Being NUDE in public does not portray anything crude or sexual, if someone was in the locker room naked with their partner while pushing the boundries of PDA THEN they have a right to get pissed off. However, by telling your children that nudity is to be feared and guarded against you are basically teaching them to be ashamed of the beautiful body that you helped create. There is no reason for people to be this close minded, ignorant and selfish. There are no rules in my gyms locker room regarding nudity and if somebody has a problem with it they had better talk to me in person, because leaving notes on the wall would just leave me ample oppurtunity to write “you are a narrow minded, childish imbecile” with a Sharpie all over them :).

    Sep 15, 2011 at 1:13 am   rating: 93  small thumbs up

    • #13.1   new bee

      To be honest, I’ve never given nudity a thought while I was in the gym locker room. But if I saw a note like these, I’d be REALLY tempted to do a two-minute nekkid dance in front of the mirror. Do the Carlton everybody! >:D

      Sep 16, 2011 at 10:23 am   rating: 26  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.2   Rattus

      It’s not unusual to be nude before I swim
      It’s not unusual to get naked at the gym
      But when I see those breasts hanging down around the thighs
      It’s not unusual to see me cry
      I wanna die

      Sep 16, 2011 at 10:37 am   rating: 29  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.3   gladystopia

      Nudecyclist quoth: “There is no reason for people to be this close minded, ignorant and selfish…”

      You sound like one o’ them free-lovin’, same-sex-partner-acceptin’, sign-wavin’ , orgasm-demandin’, clitoris-worshippin’ pinko commie traitor moonbat LIBRULS. It’s pre-verts like you what is bringin’ our fine country down.

      Every time a small child sees one of your flappin’ breasteses, the terrorists win!!! Save that mess for the strip club, womin!

      (For maximum effect, the preceding should be read in the voice of Early Cuyler.)

      Sep 16, 2011 at 1:42 pm   rating: 23  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.4   Dominique

      These are probably women who have sex with their husbands with the lights off. Because while it’s okay to “do it” when you’re married, seeing it would be dirty.

      Sep 17, 2011 at 1:07 am   rating: 10  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.5   FeRD bang

      @glad: So, it should be read in Unknown Hinson?

      I mean, I’m not completely opposed—don’t get me wrong! It’s just… well, I don’t even know if he’s attracted to me.

      I think I’d feel like I’m being a bit presumptuous, is all.

      Sep 17, 2011 at 5:44 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #14   Earl Hamsher

    I would normally wear a towel but I would have to go naked just to spite the biddies.

    Sep 15, 2011 at 1:20 am   rating: 51  small thumbs up

    • #14.1   The Elf

      Me too! What fascinates me is that some are treating this like an either/or. Either you are covered up all the time no matter what while you furtively sneak your panties on under your towel, hiding in the farthest corner so that no one sees the slightest bit of skin or you are completely nude while letting your bits air dry, catching up with your gal pals on the latest celeb gossip and noting who reguarly “mows the lawn”.

      Personally, I think there’s a happy middle ground in the American locker room. Cover up if you’re walking around. Cover up if you’re socializing. But if you are toweling off or standing at the locker getting your stuff, why bother?

      Sep 15, 2011 at 7:27 am   rating: 32  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #15   Briana

    I don’t see where it says the poster is religious on any of the notes. I actually understand not liking to see naked people flopping all over the dressing room. I go into the corner and get dressed as quickly as possible. And interestingly enough the worst “naked” offenders are Asian women. Must be part of the culture.

    Sep 15, 2011 at 1:39 am   rating: 10  small thumbs up

    • #15.1   park rose

      Why is it offensive? And sure, as stated above, in many Asian countries it is commonplace to bathe together and get used to seeing all shapes and forms of bodies. It’s very freeing, once you get accustomed to it.

      Sep 15, 2011 at 3:02 am   rating: 55  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.2   hell

      agree!

      Sep 15, 2011 at 3:09 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #16   Megan

    I live in the Middle East, and nudity is forbidden in the gym change rooms. It is a very conservative culture so here, I can understand it. I am very surprised to see similar attitudes in America.

    Sep 15, 2011 at 1:45 am   rating: 19  small thumbs up

    • #16.1   Smedrick

      You shouldn’t be surprised. Our country was founded by people who were too uptight for the British.

      Sep 15, 2011 at 5:49 am   rating: 106  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #17   Nudecyclist

    Briana… No, the notes do not specify the religious affiliation of the writer but the intro written by the website quoting the submitter is biased towards believing that it was a overly zealous bible thumper who posted the notes. I have personally not noticed a single culture that I can idetify as being the “worst offenders” of public nudity. I guess I dont really give enough of shit to notice. Its their body and they may display it as they please considering its not against the laws here. If you have a problem with nudity you should probably avoid areas that are designated for that kind of activity, instead of expecting the majority of others who are comfortable with it to recognize your prudish outlook from the way you glare at them and mumble passively under your breath about how rude they are.

    Sep 15, 2011 at 2:04 am   rating: 30  small thumbs up

     
  • #18   Suzi

    Sorry, I spent too much of high school trying to juggle a towel so it both covered my bits and and could be used to dry my feet, and I feel less self-respect when hopping on one foot scrabbling wildly at the all-too-small bit of cloth than I do when some tweener gives me a dirty look for fouling her view with my post-baby boobs. I’ve grown up. Try it.

    Team Actually-Wanting-To-Wash!

    Sep 15, 2011 at 2:22 am   rating: 68  small thumbs up

    • #18.1   Clumber

      I actually failed PE in high school rather than do the required swimming part. THAT is how screwed-up I was. College-prep, honor roll, blah blah; I rode my bike everyday and was in top percentile for all of the PE standardized tests and I was willing to fail PE rather than disrobe in the locker room. That’s fucked-up right there.

      Sep 15, 2011 at 8:58 am   rating: 37  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #19   leni

    Hmm… I live in Europe I agree with PANs_Labyrinth – … WTF is wrong with ppl who are afraid of naked bodies in A LOCKER ROOM??

    If you are modest – wear a towel yourself.

    I wouldnt like to see naked people in PUBLIC, but in a locker room – if you don’t like it, look away!

    Sep 15, 2011 at 2:28 am   rating: 49  small thumbs up

     
  • #20   DS

    Sometimes the junk needs to air dry to keep the junk funk away.

    Sep 15, 2011 at 3:01 am   rating: 26  small thumbs up

     
  • #21   humorless

    “If you are looking that closely at my naked body, please let me know if any of my moles change shape.”

    Sep 15, 2011 at 3:04 am   rating: 118  small thumbs up

     
  • #22   Graham

    The notices are in the women’s locker room. Does this mean it’s not a problem for the men. As we all know men have the bodies of a god and have no problem posing naked. Of course some of the godlike bodies are a little saggy or have some upholstery but underneath it is still a vision of adonis.

    Sep 15, 2011 at 3:23 am   rating: 16  small thumbs up

     
  • #23   Sof

    Have you ever seen a gym locker room full of naked old ladies? If you had, you would have sided with the note writer.

    Dangly, wrinkly bits EVERYWHERE. *shudder*

    Sep 15, 2011 at 4:09 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #23.1   park rose

      Yes. No problem with it. Everybody’s gotta sag sometime, Sof.

      Sep 15, 2011 at 4:19 am   rating: 61  small thumbs up

       
    • #23.2   Cilicious bang

      Yeah, I used to be one of those who shuddered at the saggy old ladies, now I’m well on my way to becoming one of them. Let’s just say I’m a bit more forgiving now.

      Sep 15, 2011 at 5:49 am   rating: 39  small thumbs up

       
    • #23.3   Nahhh bang

      “Should you live long enough, and stay active enough, to embarrass the young ladies in the locker room! L’chaim!”

      Sep 15, 2011 at 6:19 am   rating: 82  small thumbs up

       
    • #23.4   TheGnome bang

      No, but then again some of us aren’t arrogant enough to think that people need to fit our definition of attractive or else they should go into hiding.

      Sep 15, 2011 at 11:37 am   rating: 68  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #24   Grant

    Given that the signs are above the hand-dryers, I suspect some ladies have taken to sending a zephyr to stir the grass in the lady garden, if you get my drift.
    I’ve certainly seen gents in the changing rooms in the UK holding their junk up in the jet stream. It’s so hard to get a blow job nowadays.

    Sep 15, 2011 at 4:12 am   rating: 36  small thumbs up

    • #24.1   Problemchild

      I agree with Grant – the clue to this apparent prudishness almost certainly lies in the stern note reading ‘PLEASE DO NOT AIR DRY’, followed by a plea to ‘Use a towel to cover’, positioned directly over the hand dryers. Having read not only the entertaining ‘Horrors of locker-room nudity’ article, but also the article to which it was a response, I was a bit startled to learn that some ladies use hand dryers to dry (possibly) their entire bodies, and (explicitly stated) their crotches. I think that if witnessed the latter unexpectedly, I too might walk into a door.

      I enjoy the occasional visit to a nudist beach, on which every imaginable body type is on display, but I still don’t want to see naked strangers blow-drying their genitals as if they’re in the preliminary stages of making Chinese crispy duck.

      Sep 15, 2011 at 4:56 am   rating: 39  small thumbs up

       
    • #24.2   The Elf

      … …. Well now I’ve got to try that.

      Sep 15, 2011 at 7:05 am   rating: 24  small thumbs up

       
    • #24.3   ISpy

      Grant: I get your drift and I love it! I just don’t get how that would work for the ladies given the typical height of the dryers. The gents have the advantage in this area for sure.

      Sep 15, 2011 at 12:23 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #24.4   Grant

      Maybe using a towel to duct the airflow southwards might be how it’s done. Could just simply be a handy hint, the ‘use a towel’ comment. It’s not one of the uses of a towel that Douglas Adams covered, though.

      Sep 16, 2011 at 4:28 am   rating: 15  small thumbs up

       
    • #24.5   Grant

      Hah! They should install Dyson AirStream dryers. Although that might only encourage the blokes.

      Sep 16, 2011 at 4:30 am   rating: 9  small thumbs up

       
    • #24.6   FeRD bang

      Not this bloke!
      I have done a lot of deviant things, but I would never consider inserting any of my nearest & dearest friends into the gaping maw of one of those black-magic water voodoo machines!

      I’m not putting ‘er up to eight, Moss, it’ll blow my cock off!
      –Roy, The IT Crowd

      Sep 17, 2011 at 7:42 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #25   Greendragon

    I guess the naked cycle ride would make the notewriter implode.
    http://www.metro.co.uk/news/866062-nude-cyclists-take-to-streets-of-london-for-world-naked-bike-ride

    Sep 15, 2011 at 4:14 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #25.1   Nudecyclist

      I ride painted in the Fremont parade parade every year. Its an incredible celebration of summer and of acceptance.

      Sep 15, 2011 at 10:43 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #26   Smedrick

    I thought broads were cool with seeing each other naked. Men, on the other hand, not so much. The female body is aesthetically perfect, while the male body is mostly just built for function.

    Sep 15, 2011 at 5:52 am   rating: 9  small thumbs up

    • #26.1   Nudecyclist

      I have to disagree there, theres nothing in the world id rather look at than a well build man naked… Women, of course, are beautiful as well and I can appreciate that view but im straight and geared towarda drooling over bulging muscles and the general manliness that a well endowed individual exudes.

      Sep 15, 2011 at 10:47 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #27   Jenny

    So repressed.

    Sep 15, 2011 at 5:53 am   rating: 13  small thumbs up

     
  • #28   Juniper

    I can understand that someone else might be a bit more shy or modest or even have a self-acknowledged issue with their own body. That’s fine if they need to cover themselves up. But that ‘respect’ idea – that would mean respecting that not everyone else shares their views or their hangups.

    Sep 15, 2011 at 6:00 am   rating: 18  small thumbs up

    • #28.1   The Elf

      Yes, it’s funny how people who like to throw around “respect” generally mean only “respect my way of life”.

      Sep 15, 2011 at 7:02 am   rating: 55  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #29   catherine

    I’m more with the live and let live crowd, but when I was at the gym one time getting dressed, I was sitting on the bench and this ancient old lady bent down right in front of me to pick up her flip flops sans towel. Her lady bits were 2 feet in front of me. I could almost see he uterus ffs! Look away? How? it happened so fast I didn’t even have time to move.

    Sep 15, 2011 at 7:53 am   rating: 11  small thumbs up

    • #29.1   gina

      I feel ya.

      To each his own, I always say, but let me just share this little experience of mine:

      There’s a woman who works out at my gym, usually around the same time I go. I see her often. I see her naked often. She is thin. I don’t mean slender. I mean, I think she may have a disease. Skin and bones.

      Anyway, one day I’m going to work out. I stroll right into the women’s locker room, mindin’ my own business, all like, “La ti da, I’m goin’ to work out,” when I come around the corner and BOOM the thin woman is bending over RIGHT THERE, her special area pointed straight at me. I swear, if vag’s could make one of those mischievous “I got you!” grins, that’s what it would have looked like.

      The image is burned into my brain. Nevertheless, it is the ladies’ locker room, and people do get naked in there, and it is her right to be naked, brush her teeth naked, do toe touches naked… and whatever else she’s doing that makes it seem to me like she’s ALWAYS naked. Sometimes women hang out naked doing god-knows-what, sometimes they just change real quick. Personally, I use the changing rooms, but that’s just me.

      Just one question: how come it’s the bony/fat/old ones that like to hang out naked and not the ones with the nice full breasts or perfect taught skin? I’m not a lesbian, just sayin’.

      Sep 16, 2011 at 3:12 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #29.2   Jean.Bean

      An older woman with mobility problems once told me that she objected to the “limit your nudity” signs in the locker room because she found it easier to be totally undressed before dressing and she was “dressing as fast as I can.” It is a wonderful thing that older/fat/bony women exercise at all – we should not criticize them for the time it takes them to get dressed!

      Sep 17, 2011 at 7:02 am   rating: 34  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #30   DLo

    I’d be mortified. Not because someone was naked. Because my kids would undoubtedly say something like, “Mama, look, her butt has the same dimples that yours has! Why are her boobs so droopy?” And they’d be loud.

    Sep 15, 2011 at 7:59 am   rating: 45  small thumbs up

     
  • #31   Splint Chesthair

    I’ve got no problem with nakedness. I enjoy it quote often. I’ve been on clothing optional beaches and other such establishments.

    However, there does seem to be an overlap group of “people who are fine with being naked” and “people with absolutely no regard for personal space” that gives naked people a bad name. If we’re clothed and your butt brushes up against me as you’re standing right next to me because you absolutely have to have that conversation right then and there in the lockerroom, that’s not a big deal. When we’re both naked, it’s a bit more invasive. I can understand that and I can imagine people who are a little more modest feel it’s much more of an invasion.

    Sep 15, 2011 at 8:13 am   rating: 17  small thumbs up

     
  • #32   El Jefe

    Apparently most of you have not been to east Texas, no one wants to see the women out there nude.

    Sep 15, 2011 at 8:16 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

     
  • #33   Bill

    More “protect the children” BS.

    Students and children more modest than others? Since when? I am yet to meet a child who has more problems with nudity than an adult.

    That said, I do know of the 20-minute air dry in the locker room phenomenon. But jeesh, just look away. Or make a snarky comment about the person’s build. “Wow, I didn’t think they came that small.”

    Sep 15, 2011 at 8:25 am   rating: 14  small thumbs up

     
  • #34   sass

    Speaking as one of the locker room users, I’m offended by the parade of gawking children (up to the age of six — in some cases older) staring at me as I try to go about my business. Nobody ever seems too concerned about my privacy.

    Sep 15, 2011 at 8:40 am   rating: 32  small thumbs up

     
  • #35   Deb

    I cannot believe that none of those signs have been enhanced by the handwritten equivalent of “Too bad.” It’s a locker room. Non-sexualized nudity does not harm children. Seeing all types of people does not harm children. Anxiety about bodies and their badness does warp children. No, I did not grow up on a commune. Get over it, or find another pool.

    Sep 15, 2011 at 8:46 am   rating: 43  small thumbs up

     
  • #36   Cognitive Dissenter

    I was traumatized once in a locker room at a public swimming pool. I was sitting on a bench tying my shoes and happened to look up, right as the 70-ish old lady was bending over, her ass at my eye level. Massive anal warts, er cysts, something.

    ::shudder::

    I mean ya, peace, love, and rock ‘n roll. Whatever. But fer the love of God! Some things should not be displayed in public.

    Sep 15, 2011 at 8:52 am   rating: 10  small thumbs up

     
  • #37   Lizzie

    Hmm… I can kinda see both sides of this. If I had children and were bringing them there, I would probably appreciate people tying to limit the nudity. On the other hand, if I had kids and this situation really bothered me, I would probably just take them somewhere else for swimming lessons. It IS a junior college… not the YMCA. I could see accomidating to small children if it were a family oriented establishment. However it does sound like they have a bad design if you have to go through the locker room. Then again, wouldn’t you need to change there anyway? You’d still run into the same issues with a father/daughter, mother/son situation.

    Sep 15, 2011 at 8:57 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #37.1   Melissa R

      I think the entrance through locker room model is pretty standard, and it’s because most pools (every pool I’ve ever seen) require showering before using the pool.

      Sep 16, 2011 at 2:33 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #38   lilmrsmchenry

    Gees, if you are so worried about your precious little angel seeing some dangly bits, ask to go through the lifeguards office. Or if your child is the opposite of your gender but to old to go through your locker room ask if there is a staff person that can escort them through their locker room. Now was that so difficult?

    Sep 15, 2011 at 9:01 am   rating: 12  small thumbs up

    • #38.1   Melissa R

      Yes, why not use that free towel to wrap your child’s face while you guide them through the den of iniquity that is the locker room?

      Sep 16, 2011 at 2:35 pm   rating: 15  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #39   John

    If you all knew the people of Tyler, this would make absolute sense to you. The biggest news in Tyler right now is that they successfully kept a Hooter’s-like restaurant (Double D Ranch) from opening because they claimed it was a sexually-oriented business. It is also the main city in a dry county.

    Sep 15, 2011 at 9:06 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #39.1   The Elf

      Now it does all make sense.

      Sep 15, 2011 at 1:08 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #39.2   sundevilpeg

      Re: Hooter’s: Hah. The PTB in Evanston, IL – a hard-core (supposedly) liberal COLLEGE TOWN! – recently did the same thing. The above notes sound like things our aldermen would have been paid to draft!

      Sep 18, 2011 at 1:01 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #40   Bob

    By the way, where is my uncle Earl ?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGwjXujl5zM&feature=related

    ,

    Sep 15, 2011 at 9:29 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #41   Daniel

    “Mom, Tom Cruise won’t come out of the closet!” ….

    Sep 15, 2011 at 9:37 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #42   Sam

    As a guy, nothing makes me more uncomfortable then some guy I hardly know sitting with his dingle out and talking to me in a locker room. Note, these guys are usually double my age. Seriously, I’m not saying that you can’t be naked in a locker room but just make the effort to transition into clothes.

    Sep 15, 2011 at 11:52 am   rating: 10  small thumbs up

     
  • #43   unsatisfied

    are there really people who stand naked by the hand dryers to dry themselves?

    I want to party with these people.

    Sep 15, 2011 at 12:07 pm   rating: 29  small thumbs up

     
  • #44   ISpy

    I was a member of a neighborhood pool/gym, but once I started teaching at the school in that neighborhood, I had to quit. Like it or not, at some point I would be naked and the last thing I need is a kid I teach (or used to teach) see me in my altogethers. “Mommy! I saw Mrs. CK naked today.” Not good.

    Sep 15, 2011 at 12:32 pm   rating: 14  small thumbs up

    • #44.1   Pit Pat

      “in my altogethers?”

      lolololol! I’m using that to replace “birthday suit!”

      Sep 15, 2011 at 11:43 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #44.2   abird

      I teach too, but at a college. I change in the toilet stall since I’m scared of seeing one of my students. So far I’ve been able to avoid them (I go at an odd hour when it is mostly empty)

      Sep 18, 2011 at 3:04 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #45   RP

    It’s a shame it’s not feasible to make people sized air dryers if people really like using them to dry off. (I’m assuming it’d be too expensive in energy bills.)

    Sep 15, 2011 at 1:10 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #45.1   NumismaticNerd

      They do, at least at the amusement park I used to work at. Next to the Shoot the Chute ride, where you WILL get SOAKED even if you don’t want to, for five dollars near the exit of the line, there is a ‘People Dryer’. Though every time I’ve been there it’s been down for maintenance.

      Sep 20, 2011 at 1:03 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #45.2   Chesire Cat

      Dollywood has some too near their water rides. It was the first time I saw one of those and it blew my mind! I didn’t use it. It was like a little glass phone booth type thing with blow dryers inside and you pay and it dries you off.

      Sep 24, 2011 at 2:43 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #46   deveoh

    soo funny

    Sep 15, 2011 at 1:19 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #47   PANs_Labyrinth bang

    Using PANs login…
    I’m at a complete loss as to why people of any age are going to swim without showering first in the locker room. Children should not be exempt from this. Not showering before going to a public pool or sauna is just nasty.

    Sep 15, 2011 at 2:03 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

     
  • #48   AB

    I wouldn’t characterize all people that don’t enjoy public nudity as prudish. I just don’t want to see your naked ass.

    That said, I don’t go to a locker room with the expectation that people will cover their chub. I change at home.

    Sep 15, 2011 at 3:46 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #48.1   smartypants

      Thank you for this response. While I don’t mind the nudity in locker rooms myself (not that I deal with it too often, the girls at MY college are surprisingly modest except around the shower stalls!) there are people who do feel uncomfortable around it, and I am not going to criticize/mock/or demean them. I do understand that a certain amount of the time in the gym is going to be spent nude, but I and most of my other fellow students (including the asians) feel that it is better to change out of swimsuits in the shower, since that way you wash off the pool water in the suit at the same time. Then you put on a towel, because you are wet anyway, and go change. I have never experienced people just standing around naked in the locker room… air-drying or not…

      Sep 15, 2011 at 7:37 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #49   Le Lac

    I remember running the gauntlet of naked old ladies as we were marched through the shower room to the pool. Isn’t it supposed to be a rite of passage for young girls?

    Sep 15, 2011 at 6:13 pm   rating: 34  small thumbs up

     
  • #50   havingfitz

    I really don’t understand the insane fear people have that their children just might see a…gasp…breast. The entire PURPOSE of breasts is feeds babies. Or in other words…silly parents! Tits are for kids!

    Sep 15, 2011 at 6:31 pm   rating: 27  small thumbs up

     
  • #51   Anne-Marie

    Hmmm I wonder if it’s some weird kind of locker room? Growing up, all the pools I visited had separate locker/change/shower rooms for men and women. But now I live in the Netherlands, and the locker room is a big room you go through to get to the men’s/women’s change room. Then you continue through the locker room to the shower area before going to the pool. So *if* the PA note is about people walking around in their birthday suits in an area clearly not intended for nudity, then probably the locker/change/shower area is badly organized. Otherwise, if I’m in a room designated for changing, as modest as I am, I have to accept that I may be the main attraction!!

    Sep 15, 2011 at 7:34 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #51.1   Jennifer

      Nope. I’m the note-submitter. The locker room is for the pool, but also for the gym, racketball, and volleyball courts that are in the same facility. There are two locker rooms, one for men, one for women, both with pool access.

      To access the pool, one must go through one door, walk a few feet to another door, and then there is a hallway. If you stand in that hallway, immediate to the right is the toilet and sink area, where the notes were. Just a few feet further in front of you will be the locker area, which takes up the whole back half of the room. You can see straight down one row of lockers, but there are four or five rows of lockers, so there are several places people can change if they don’t want everyone who walks in to see them. To the left is the hallway to the pool, and just past that is the shower area. Each stall has a little curtain. Interestingly enough, the shower area has nowhere to hang a towel so you can keep it dry while you shower, so I’m not sure how they expect people to stay covered while walking around and actually dry off! I guess you have to choose between wet towel and walking about 5 feet while naked and offending women and children alike.

      Sep 15, 2011 at 10:34 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #52   Angie

    Our Y has a men’s locker room, a women’s locker room, and a “family locker room” which is for either gender, but people are asked to change in the little changing cubbies which have a curtain to pull. It’s a good compromise.

    Sep 15, 2011 at 7:38 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

     
  • #53   pony girl

    *whispering*
    I see naked people.

    Sep 15, 2011 at 10:27 pm   rating: 21  small thumbs up

    • #53.1   The Elf

      I see the all the time. They’re everywhere. They don’t know that they’re naked.

      Sep 16, 2011 at 11:29 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #53.2   Nunavut Guy

      That’s what I tried to tell the cop………

      Sep 18, 2011 at 7:36 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #54   Pit Pat

    These prudes should have been around the time I nearly passed out in the showers in college (I didn’t cool down after swimming and jumped into a hot shower). The (also naked) woman next to me saw me struggling and asked if I needed help and then ran to get an (also naked) nurse. They had me lay down (naked and wet) on a bench while they and a few other (naked) women stood around me and checked my pulse and breathing and stuff. It. Was. MORTIFYING.

    Hey guys, see what you’re missing in the women’s locker room? It really *is* like porn!

    Sep 15, 2011 at 11:50 pm   rating: 33  small thumbs up

     
  • #55   nudeyrudey

    I’m a nudist, I really don’t get prudes. I wish my parents taught me that it’s ok to have the body you’ve got. It didn’t help that my mother had major body issues and had passed them down to my sister and I. It’s only recently I have been able to shrug them off thanks to becoming a nudist.

    Sep 16, 2011 at 5:21 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #55.1   Canthz_B bang

      I’m a nudist too. I just hide that from others by wearing clothes. ;-)

      Sep 16, 2011 at 6:27 am   rating: 11  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #56   Canthz_B bang

    How freaky are the front desk staff? One would think the free towels would be in the locker room, but perhaps there’s a greater need for them at the front desk.

    Sep 16, 2011 at 6:25 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

     
  • #57   *snerk*

    I am reminded of Sam the Eagle, who was mortified to realize that underneath our clothes (or feathers, in his case), we are all NAKED!

    Sep 16, 2011 at 9:11 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #57.1   Nunavut Guy

      The world needs more Jim Hensen references.

      Sep 18, 2011 at 7:47 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #58   deprogrammed

    We are all naked underneath. I think the notes refer to those who use this as an opportunity for exhibitionism, not simply showering and changing. Let’s not get so “now” and “get over it” that you believe it makes sense for your 3-year old child to walk through a room full of naked people. There’s liberal, and then there’s stupid.

    It’s hard to make a point about pedophiles outside staring at fully clothed kids, but walk your kids through a room full of naked women. This is a case of forcing your standards on others who aren’t quite as free with the flesh.

    And seriously, most of the time the ones who are flashing and flouncing really shouldn’t. Don’t get upset if someone takes a picture and posts it. Oh, that’s wrong? You don’t mind if people look, so what difference does it make? Triple standards. And nobody wins.

    Sep 16, 2011 at 12:12 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #58.1   Rattus

      The pedophiles outside generally aren’t naked, so I don’t really see your point. You’re making an apples and oranges comparison.

      Sep 16, 2011 at 1:00 pm   rating: 21  small thumbs up

       
    • #58.2   park rose

      deprogrammed, don’t get so hung up on our sag downs. There are generally signs by the management in locker rooms banning cell phone use. I think this is to actually ban any surreptitious filming or taking of photographs.

      Because I am naked in a locker room doesn’t mean, deprogrammed, that I have given you or anyone else permission to take pictures and to put those pictures on the net. I am doing what is necessary to clean and change. At my own pace, in a place where I feel it is safe. That means, perverts shouldn’t be roaming around with cameras.

      All the other women have the same general biological make up. As for kids, as said before, if they were more familiar with bodies, then the body might not end up being so sexualised in our society, and people might not be so repressed when it comes to being comfortable in their own skin, and seeing beyond body form when engaging with others. After all, a lot of three year olds are still basically corporeal, aren’t they? I know abstract thought and judgment starts early, but it’s still forming.

      I do feel there should be an age limit, though, for when it’s suitable for children of the opposite sex to be in the change room with their parent or carer.

      At the Y I used to go to there was a family room which I guess solved this dilema. There were no showers, and everyone would have to already have their swimsuits on, as it was open, but requesting a similar family room at your gym might be a solution.

      Back to the hypothetical posting of my picture. If this is being done for your own enjoyment or to satisfy your vindictive nature, or you are posting it for the enjoyment of others, or in an attempt to shame me, I would be seriously wary of sharing a locker room with you.

      In fact, if I am just going about my business, there is no justifiable reason to post it.

      Sure, it’s a public place, but generally segregated by sex, and it is NOT Internet public. It’s a locker room, not a train station. And if you took my photo in a train station and posted it without my permission, I’d be pissed off too, but more so in the locker room because the institution has a duty of care to me to make sure that I am not exploited by people like you.

      You have a general duty of care to society, to not act like a lecherous old man (or woman) and to harm the private lives of the people you encounter. I sear your eyeballs for two seconds, five minutes of your day, and you feel this justifies you invading my privacy (yes it is a public place, but it is not acceptable to expect there to be exposure of one’s exposure) and potentially destroying my life?

      I’m with Rattus on the pedophile comment, and just because someone is naked doesn’t mean they’re ogling any kid that comes in, or asking for their photo to be taken, no matter the age. Usually quite the opposite (“It’s rude to stare, Janie!) And just who is it who isn’t “as free with the flesh” either? The three year old, or the carer? I haven’t met a baby ashamed of its body yet.

      Sep 18, 2011 at 12:44 am   rating: 14  small thumbs up

       
    • #58.3   Nunavut Guy

      I haven’t had too many in depth conversations with babies.

      Sep 18, 2011 at 3:42 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #58.4   bookworm

      The pedophiles are usually family members or close friends, not random people in the locker room.

      Sep 20, 2011 at 6:08 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #59   JoAnn Maese

    The problem with this ‘respect each other’ attitude is that it usually means ‘do it my way’. How respectful is demaning a cover up to the woman who have no problem with a naked body?

    Sep 16, 2011 at 12:31 pm   rating: 18  small thumbs up

     
  • #60   Sarah

    Some people need to just stay home. Locker rooms are for changing — nakedness is going to happen.

    Sep 16, 2011 at 12:50 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

     
  • #61   C

    Meh. I don’t hide under a towel in the corner to change in the locker room. I just…change like a regular person. This means stuff is briefly uncovered. If that’s a huge problem, get over it.

    I admit I’d be a little weirded out to see lots of women just hanging around naked in the locker room, not walking to/from the showers or changing or anything, just chilling. But I realize it’s just because I’m not used to it. It wouldn’t offend me or anything. I’d just take care of my own business and deal.

    I do think going to the sauna fully clothed is ridiculous though. My college gym had saunas in the locker rooms and girls would sauna in their full gym outfits. They looked at me like I was a perv for just wearing a towel in the sauna. I was like, you are going to overheat and die.

    Sep 16, 2011 at 1:11 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

     
  • #62   fireupthegrill

    I hate it when people just hang around in the nude. The locker room is a public space, not your home. I do not want to see other women blow-drying their vaginal parts (I’ve seen this WAY too many times to count), bending over with legs open wide, STRADDLING THE BENCHES (I saw this today) all while nude.

    I shower, I dry off, I put clothes on. Being comfortable in your own skin is great-I love my body. I’m in excellent shape. Do I hang around the locker room nude like it’s my living room? No. And believe me, the clothes are rarely on when I’m at home.

    I guess the point I’m making here is that this isn’t a problem when you are changing. I expect to see women in the nude when I go to the gym. Fine.

    What I don’t like seeing is any of the above behaviors displayed while those women are in the nude.

    Sep 16, 2011 at 5:18 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

     
  • #63   Augie

    Well. I have been to many a locker room, and there is one never-changing constant — you are going to see various states of undress. Being sort of a prude myself, I change quickly, in a corner, and I try very hard not to look at the nakedness that surrounds me. But I don’t think I have a right to ask people not to be naked in a locker room.

    Sep 17, 2011 at 9:04 am   rating: 12  small thumbs up

     
  • #64   Nidonemo

    Best response would be to walk through there naked, singing “R-E-S-P-E-C-T! Find out what it means to me!”

    Sep 19, 2011 at 3:19 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #65   Thurs

    Oh God, the HORROR. Our children seeing normal bodies in a non-sexualized state in a CHANGING room. What is the world coming to?!

    Sep 19, 2011 at 10:41 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

     
  • #66   anonymous

    STEPHEN ROOT IS A KLINGON!

    Sep 20, 2011 at 6:38 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #67   RH

    I’ve been in a lot of locker rooms, and learned something quickly about ones that serve a more varied age range than a school locker room.

    Namely, the probability of somebody being naked in the locker room has a tendency to vary directly with how much you do NOT want to see them naked!

    Therefore: the person who will make you want brain bleach will be the one who wanders about naked, while the person who could be a professional nude model will be the one who is most careful about the towel.

    This rule seems to hold true for both genders, and applies as well, though less reliably, to choice of swimwear.

    Sep 20, 2011 at 10:11 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #68   honus

    @pony girl
    Actually Texas did not get rid of those anti-sodomy laws. They state has been told they are unconstitutional but they refuse to remove them from the books.

    Sep 21, 2011 at 5:59 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #68.1   pony girl

      @honus,

      uh-oh. I may be a felon. *wonders if she’ll get the death sentence for swallowing*

      I will have to look into that. I was told (and read quite a few articles, and heard on the local news) that they were removed a few years back. There was a big to-do here in Austin when they did. Someone has some ‘splaining to do!

      Sep 21, 2011 at 7:38 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #69   MMMMMeeeee!!

    And we do have drive thru liquor stores in tx. I live in tx and we have one called the eskimo hut where you can get a giant mixed frozen drink in a stryofoam cup with a straw. But they put a plastic bag around it and staple it together to keep you from trying to drink it on the way home. As if that would really work for someone who is determined to drink and drive. But what can you do? People should stop freaking out about nudity…its natural. We are born nude. God made us they way were are…naked!

    Sep 21, 2011 at 11:04 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #69.1   Andy

      Here in Australia drive thru liquor shops are the norm, they’re usually attached to pubs. I couldn’t imagine a world without them!

      Sep 28, 2011 at 12:22 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #70   honus

    They can’t actually enforce them but they do like to use them to intimidate people every once in a while.

    Mostly it is just because the lawmakers are twits.

    See, e.g. http://motherjones.com/politics/2011/04/lawrence-texas-homosexual-conduct-statute

    Sep 23, 2011 at 3:57 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #71   Tina

    I can’t believe these notes! It’s a womens locker room!! How can you not expect some nudity??

    The uptight puritans who wrote these notes need a reality cheque!

    Sep 28, 2011 at 9:36 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #72   Tina

    I can’t believe these notes! It’s a womens locker room!! How can you not expect some nudity??

    The uptight puritans who wrote these notes need a reality check!

    (typo at the end of last message sorry!)

    Sep 28, 2011 at 9:42 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     

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