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Speak Up: Getting Naked in the Locker Room

I would say that the locker room became an emotionally loaded issue during junior high or high school. Getting naked with a bunch of strangers is definitely not an American pastime. Other cultures take steam baths in public regularly and topless sunbathing is common all over Europe. It seems like FitSugar reader are split in how they feel about their bodies naked. I read Locker Room Diaries last Summer and I emailed the author, my blogging buddy Leslie, whenever I have a "partially clothed" conversation in the locker room.

After reading her book, I have noticed how different women approach changing and showering at the gym. So now I am wondering about how you all feel about getting naked in the locker room? Are you comfortable with it, or do you change at home? The showers at my gym are communal, and I have seen ladies wearing swimsuits while washing their hair as well as women shaving all sorts of hair in the shower. Do you shower at the gym? How about the sauna or the steam room? Speak up and tell me how you feel about getting naked in the locker room.


Girl101 Girl101 6 years
I have no problem with nudity (mine or anyone else), but I do have a problem with being offensive. If I do not know everyone's level of comfort with nudity, I will tend toward modesty. This applies even in the locker room. But if I know everyone is comfortable with nudity (like friends or at a clothing optional beach) then I generally and the first one nude and last one dressed. I don't think I have a great bod or anything (not bad, just normal) I just am more comfortable nude.
austerity austerity 9 years
I have a hot body ;) which I don't mind showing off in bras and panties, but not naked. Sorry, nobody sees me naked except me or my SO. ' On a second note, I'm surprised how Americans generally think Europeans are extremely free with nudity. I want to remark that this depends on the situation. Yes, Europeans are comfortable with nudity in a sauna or locker room. However, the public dress sense there is MUCH more conservative than here. I see a lot of girls in the U.S. wearing very short shorts and showing a lot of cleavage. Not just in nightclubs, but in daily public surroundings. I personally don't think that's bad, but I grant you that it would definitely be considered a little to very slutty in Europe (except maybe in Mediterranean areas). Bottom line; Europeans get VERY naked given certain surroundings, but on the street. etc. they are much more covered up than people here!
cdelphine cdelphine 9 years
Maybe it's because I only workout at the ymca or the gym at my college and not some fancy gym but I have never seen someone actually trying to draw attention to themselves in the locker room. There is this odd assumption among many commenters that the women who change out in the open and walk around naked do it so that other people can see their bodies when it's actually just easier and less of a hassle. And I'm sorry but if you have a problem with people changing in the locker room then you do have a problem with nudity
Kate14909563 Kate14909563 9 years
I no longer care about being naked in the locker room. I don't prance around, but I do change at the locker without a towel or anything on, mostly because its faster and easier than worrying about trying to keep a towel on. I really think my outlook has changed because there always seems to be 8-10 old ladies stark naked and I guess its desensitized me haha. oh, and my naked butt never touches a bench!
WeightingGame WeightingGame 9 years
thanks so much for the shout-out, FitSugar! The locker room is such a crazy prism, shining a light on all of our insecurities, body fears and more. I never got the whole "showering in a bathing suit" thing - nor can I fathom the ability to sit down on a bench/stool while naked. As for me, I usually pull on a pair of shorts but will go topless - maybe a bra - while blowdrying and makeupping. To each her own!
Amethyst Amethyst 9 years
I totally understand where you're coming from and I think californiagirlx7 probably explained it the best for me. The females I am talking about are the ones who are obviously trying to attract attention, not the ones who are scurrying from the shower to the locker to change. I'm talking about the ones who primp and pose and walk like a peacock and naked as a jaybird around the locker room, put on makeup naked and act like this is a runway for nudity. You know, the show-offs who want to be noticed. Those are the ones that annoy me. And yeah, I really hope all of you, regardless of your views on this, put a towel on the bench before sitting down, for your own health & hygiene. :)
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
It doesn't mean that someone is insecure just because they don't like to walk around naked in front of other women. I understand if you need to change out of your clothes and you do it discreetly, but I get annoyed at the women who walk around completely naked because they want attention. There's no reason to take 10 minutes to put your clothes on, and despite what people say, it is really hard to just avert your eyes if someone is standing in the buff right in front of you.
sparklestar sparklestar 9 years
Amethyst - there is a saying that women don't dress for men, they dress for other women. The only people we are ever trying to impress are those we deem to be in the same "order" as we are. i.e. in the gym it would be the women who think they have the hottest bodies strutting around for the other women to see. Think of the Cockerel and how it struts around the farmyard... same principle. They do just need to get over themselves though. :) It's not TOO bad at my gym but you get the odd few who will happily walk starkers from the shower area into the main changing room without bothering with a towel. Weirdos.
sugar_me_sweet sugar_me_sweet 9 years
I'm too modest to change clothes in the common area of the locker room. My gym has stalls with shower curtains for more privacy and that is where I usually go to for changing clothes. When ladies want to change in the common area, I really don't mind because I just don't look at them.
Red-Sharpie Red-Sharpie 9 years
I live close to the gym so I just go home and shower, but if I needed to I would have no problem changing in the locker room. I wouldn't walk around and chat naked, but I would not go out of my way to cover myself up either. That's what the locker room is for and I couldn't care less what a bunch of random strangers think of me or my body. I'm also surprised at how many people are actually offended by nudity in a locker room. I admit I've been shocked a few times by how some (particularly old) people will just hang around nude, but hey, more power to them if they're comfortable in their skin. If it bothers you, don't look?
psterling psterling 9 years
My gym has individual shower stalls, otherwise I don't think I'd be using them for more than a post-pool rinse off. I dunno, I'm not so comfortable baring all at the gym but I don't mind that other people do. Usually if I need to change I'll use the restroom.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i am NOT a nekkid person - in the gym or otherwise! every day when i go to the gym i see women strolling around with nothing on, drying their hair in front of the mirror w/ nothing on and it's so uncomfortable for me. the WORST is that girls that i work with do it - and i don't need to see co-workers naked.
Amethyst Amethyst 9 years
The difference between doing it at home and in public is an explanation in itself. The people here who are voicing their objections are clearly stating that they do NOT have issues with nudity nor are they prudish. What is trying to be explained is that it comes across as blatant exhibitionism on the part of the person doing it. It's a matter of public respect. To me, the people that FLAUNT nudity in locker rooms are just a bunch of narcissists who want to be noticed. I say, "get over yourself" - go pose for Playboy if you want the world to see your genitalia. Or do so at a nude beach. I know, I am not interested in seeing naked women.
caernarvan caernarvan 9 years
I don't think some women "take the opportunity" to walk around a public locker room either butt naked or topless and in a thong. You just do it. Come on, if you wash your hair, you're not gonna comb it out & dry it with your clothes on & get your shirt wet are you? you do it in your underwear or whatever.(just like you do at home, yes?) I see women with a towel around their hair, one around their torso & one around their hips & that's a pet peeve of MINE! what a waste of energy washing ALL THOSE TOWELS! AFTER ONE USE!! get over you issues people. it's a locker room. NO ONE CARES!
Amethyst Amethyst 9 years
I've always wondered why women do this. Now I am not a prude, I have no hang-ups or anything like that, but when I am in the locker room of my gym, I practice simple modesty. Why do some women take the opportunity to walk around a public locker room either butt naked or topless and in a thong? I mean, really, I'm curious WHY they do that? What are they trying to prove? A) there are no guys around, so unless they're trying to attract other women, why do that? B) showing off? I certainly don't ogle women. I'm curious because this is a pet peeve of mine. It's like, get over yourself already, change your clothes, cover your naked self up and leave... *sheesh*
yasume yasume 9 years
I haven't been a member of a gym in a long time. I workout at home. But when I was in the gym, I would always arrive with my workout clothes already on and then I would go home to shower, etc. Honestly, I don't have a problem with it. Just slip on your clothes and keep moving. It's not a big deal. There are other pressing issues in the world. Sometimes we,(Americans) can be a bit prudish about something as simple as nudity.
Shadowcat14 Shadowcat14 9 years
I change in the locker rooms. When I slip out of my underwear I just simply face the locker. The only issue I have is when people strut around the locker room stark naked and then get offended when you look at them. Kinda difficult not to when they are prancing around. That has only happened to me once though.
sparklestar sparklestar 9 years
I don't care! If they see something that offends them THEY SHOULDN'T BE STARING. Jeez.
komler komler 9 years
Another one from Europe. I honestly never found changing in locker rooms weird - it's just something we used to do from an early age at elementary school after gym and swimming lessons, and continued to to until graduation from high school, at least. The first time with a new class would always be a bit weird, but it quickly adjusted. Like that, I've had no problems when I started going to the gym as an adult. It's just body parts - we've all got them.
FitZucchero FitZucchero 9 years
I am a total prude when it comes to this area and I'm glad to read I'm not the only one. I know it's completely absurd and I even feel silly, but having moved from the U.S. to Europe my prudishness seems even more pronounced. I think I'm gradually overcoming this "issue", but I do think that Americans tend to be more conservative than our friends from the other side of the ocean (UK excluded perhaps)
sundaygreen sundaygreen 9 years
It doesn't make me uncomfortable when other chicks get naked (especially people who aren't perfect or older ladies - love them for not caring), but I'm not comfortable doing it.
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