Thursday, February 8, 2007

The naked truth

What kind of a gym-goer are you? Specifically, what is your nude tolerance for others at your workout facility? Because I’d like to be honest here: I am not interested in seeing other naked women. More importantly, I am not interested in being seen naked by other women. While the root of these feelings probably goes way back to those scoliosis tests and Hitler-fashion group showers after gym class in the 7th grade, I don’t understand how anyone in a locker room can do anything but hurry up and get dressed after a shower. Listen, I can be mature enough to handle somebody changing by an actual locker. I’m okay with that because the locker is right there and I know you are working toward being fully clothed.

But is it really necessary for someone like me who just needs to go pee and wash her hands to have to share that space with a buck naked middle-aged Asian woman taking her time under a hair dryer? I mean, good for you (whoever "you" are) for being so comfortable with your body. But bad for me who has to pretend not to see it while I’m protecting my basic hygiene rights.

Surely there are bigger problems in the world, but my mother might be relieved to know that I am conservative in at least one other area of my life besides politics. Too bad she will be too mortified by how I’ve expressed such to appreciate it.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I sooo agree. Its so nasty when women just hang out like that. I have specific traumatizing memories of this when I was a little girl. I was downright afraid of those ladies. If I ever get to the point where I am that comfortable with my nakedness, hopefully I will recognize the terrified look in an unwilling onlookers eyes and put some clothes on.

Rachel

Anonymous said...

By the way, if anyone wants to meet Kristy's German counterpart here is a link to her site. http://rabbitintheheadlights.web-log.nl/nienke/

Rachel

Anonymous said...

This is why I do NOT belong to the gym! I prefer to be naked in the privacy of my own home.
Ginger