General chatter - standing naked in the rest/locker room-mini rant




crownshape
02-05-2007, 04:30 PM
i will goive you the lay of the land so you have an idea of why i was a little suprised.
at my gym when you go into the ladies locker/shower/steam/sauna/rest area you pass through 2 doors then on your right is blocked sucession are the showers , rest area with stalls and sinks, on the left is the steam and suana and then through another door is the locker area with benches, mirriors, and the scale
ok sooo when i went to rest room in my gym to blow my snotty nose (i hate cold weather) i turned the corner and came face to face with a pair of breasts. I have to say it was a rather odd expirence. now i am not a prude (usually) but it was an odd expirence going in to blow my nose and wash my hands when the lady in front of me is wearing nothing but a towl and applying lotion and mousse and taking up most of the counter/sink space...
I think i found this rather odd because i would expect it in the locker area but she was taking up the sink area and i had to ask her if she had the soap (they put out dispensers and they are not on the wall) and then i had to ask her if she minded if i washed my hands (her backpack was in the sink and her towels & clothes over the other ones)
all i ask is please be respectful of others when using a public rest room and think of the santiary conditions she was subjecting her stuff too..
ok i am done- anyone else encounter this?:o


AmberD
02-05-2007, 04:43 PM
I went and looked at a gym once and it had a pool, hot tub and sauna.

I understand that there needs to be nudity in a locker room. But I expect it to be brief. The ladies at this gym just stood around. Naked. Talking. Naked. Needed a towel? They'd walk over and get it. Naked. If they wanted to fold their clothes. They'd do it before they'd put on their work out clothes. So they'd be naked.
These weren't hot young attractive women, they were older, not in the best of shape women.
I think many of them were from a different country originally, and I was just being a prudish American. So I think in the locker room, I could have come to grips with the enourmous amounts of nudity.

But they all got into the hot tub naked. To me, it just seemed these women were taking a giant public bath. Never would have thought of myself as a prude, but as it turns out...

I got a membership at another gym!

ennay
02-05-2007, 07:42 PM
the naked wouldnt bother me...its a locker room, but the taking up all kinds of space and both sinks is rude. control your area!

honestly I would find it weird to suit up for a hot tub in a female only area - do you know how quickly hot chlorine will eat spandex?


MariaMaria
02-05-2007, 10:14 PM
These weren't hot young attractive women, they were older, not in the best of shape women.

Age and gravity happens to all of us. Would you have been less put off if it were young hotties who were naked?

tikanique
02-05-2007, 10:54 PM
I don't particularly care to see anybody running around naked in the locker room be it young old in-between, in shape out of shape whatever. I know that brief nudity does happen but I just can't stand there booty-butt-nekid and talk about the weather with another booty-butt-nekid woman. Ditto for being nekid in the hot tub . I don't even get in those suckers anymore after I caught a woman "pleasuring" herself on the jet stream in a club I belonged to in Tennessee.

Tiki

AmberD
02-05-2007, 11:05 PM
Age and gravity happens to all of us. Would you have been less put off if it were young hotties who were naked?

Haha. I guess that did come out a little wrong. I'm equally uncomfortable with all nudity. I guess I just don't expect anyone but flawless super models to have the confidence to strut their stuff around the locker room. Kudos to any woman who is that comfortable with herself, I just am not.


Tiki - ew about the public hot tub solo pleasure.

SmartButt
02-05-2007, 11:24 PM
I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who gets oogied-out by the naked women walking around the locker room like they were in their own home.

I was just raised with a lot of modesty - I never saw anyone in my family naked. We came out of our rooms or the bathroom with tops & bottoms on - always. At the very least, towels wrapped tightly around ourselves.

I know that other people aren't as modest as I am in that way, but yeah. I can't help that it grosses me out. (And I have to admit, yeah, if the women looked like strippers I probably wouldn't mind so much, hahaha.. .go ahead, throw rotten tomatoes at me...)

elsiemoo
02-06-2007, 12:22 AM
Joining my local YMCA was a real revelation! I never knew so many women of every age, shape, weight, etc. loved to run around, bend over, chit-chat,whatever .... while naked as a jay-bird. I don't want to see ANY of it; I don't care if they look like a runway model or my late, great, chubby old Granny .... I just don't want to see it! :o

lizziness
02-06-2007, 12:48 AM
I also find it off-putting... there have been a couple of times that I wished I had a hot poker to gouge out my eyes...

sitting naked and cutting your toenails is disgusting and wrong. do that at home thank you!
I have seen some things too disgusting to mention in detail but lets just say that if you're wearing a tampon and others know about it - you're doing something wrong. and in public!

Hubby has had similar experiences with the old men in the locker room standing around chatting it up too... all nekkid! He gets his stuff done as fast as he can and gets the heck outta there, and I do the same.

tikanique
02-06-2007, 10:53 AM
Nah Lizzy, don't poke your eyes out. Use the poker to beat some sense into someone else!

Tiki

iconoclast
02-06-2007, 11:16 AM
I try to change fairly quickly, but nudity really doesn't squick me out. The only time it really ever has was a few years ago (before I got all fat) when I travelled to Budapest and my boyfriend and I went to the famous Turkish baths. Absolutely everyone was naked. It was a total sea of naked people, swimming, in hot tubs, sunbathing, what have you. All shapes and sizes. We were a bit uncomfortable at first, but hey, when in Rome.

techwife
02-06-2007, 11:31 AM
Thank God you guys posted this..I used to think there was something wrong me ME or my self image that I don't like to walk around a locker room naked or like to see anyone else doing so. I mean, there's the quick trip from the shower to your locker and then you put your clothes on and get it over with. Me, though, I usually take my undies and bra to the shower and at least put on that much before parading around.

There was an instance in a YMCA locker room once where there was a kids swimming program going on and, hence, kids swarming the locker rooms...girls AND boys. There was this woman that was VERY large woman standing, drying her hair at one of the wall-mounted hair dryers (that are like the hand dryers)....butt to the wall with her naked front there for the world to see. It was creepy because she had this smile on her face as if she was really liking standing there naked and having everyone look at her. So, anyway, this little boy walks by and says, "Mommy, why is that lady so FAT?" and everyone was all offended that he mentioned that she was fat! Like, wasn't anyone offended by her actions standing around naked? The mother was apologizing to the naked woman!! I was totally appauled. The naked woman should have been apologizing to the kid's mom, in my opinion for such a provocative display of womanliness with little kids running around. Frankly, I thought she deserved a child's honest comment/opinion, standing around like that. She was creepy!!

lizziness
02-06-2007, 12:17 PM
This is going to sound mean but it seems like the erm.. less appealing looking someone is the more apt they are to let it all hang out here and there and sometimes everywhere. i mean, jeez, i know my body is gross, I can't even look at it, why the **** would I make strangers look at it? It's called hurry up and do your personal stuff at home where it belongs... *shudder*

Mami
02-06-2007, 01:07 PM
LOL!

I'm also one of the quick changers, and I'll use one of the gym's tiny towels to at least cover my bottom when going to the showers.

I wouldnt get into a hot tub either, esp. after that story about the woman pleasuring herself in it. Eew.

I'm always amazed and flabbergasted by the women that MUST put their make-up and do their hair completely naked. It does make you wonder what they're thinking. But to stand around like that with little boys running around, that is just pushing it (and I'm no prude but come on!).

lizziness
02-06-2007, 01:17 PM
Gak! How could I have missed that part of your post Tiki! Lucky for us we have co-ed clothing required hot tubs at our gym. Although there is Knucklebiter, as we've decided to call him. One day right there in front of everyone he kneeled facing the jets and sort of biting his knuckles and making a "hurts so good" kinda face. Do not know what that was about, do NOT want to know... but he wears a thread-bare speedo too which just makes it that much more EWful. *shudder*

Ravengirl
02-06-2007, 06:21 PM
OMG! This whole thread has alternately grossed me out and made me about fall off my chair laughing!

Ok, the gross out...fat naked lady flashing little boys! Yuck!!! I don't have a little boy but I am sure I would have been leading him around with his shirt pulled over his eyes!

Now the HA! I know what you mean about the naked toenail...makeup...primping thing... I am definitely no prude...I just believe there are certain times, tasks, circumstances where you should put your clothes on!!! :) I am not self conscious really about my body...I have tatts and piercings...but I try to not subject others to my interests unnecessarily...I try to be quick in and out of my clothes and don't stand around showing everyone my business.

The hot tub!!! You just ruined hot tubs for me for life!!!! Gross!!! Again...certain times and places!!! Wow...

EZMONEY
02-06-2007, 06:30 PM
Age and gravity happens to all of us. Would you have been less put off if it were young hotties who were naked?

BOY ~ I sure wouldn't have been! Nope ~ Nope ~ Nope :nono: :no: :no: :nono:

MariaMaria
02-06-2007, 06:58 PM
I know I'm alone in the "it's a naked body, not a big deal" camp (NOT gonna say on the naked bench) but if these boys are old enough to be have or cause a problem with naked women in the women's locker room, they're too old to be in the women's locker room at all.

chick_in_the_hat
02-06-2007, 07:18 PM
MariaMaria - you're not alone....

I can't say I'm thrilled about looking at nekid women in the locker room (NTTAWWI) but it's a locker room/changing area so I kinda expect it. I do get rather annoyed at people who leave their stuff all over so I have no room to put my stuff. :mad: I mighta just turned on the water a little to wash my hands even with her stuff in the sink. :s:

Oh, and lizziness? I'm still chuckling over the tampon comment. :lol3:

mandalinn82
02-06-2007, 07:32 PM
I was wondering how long it would take Gary to join in on this thread...

techwife
02-06-2007, 08:58 PM
I know I'm alone in the "it's a naked body, not a big deal" camp (NOT gonna say on the naked bench) but if these boys are old enough to be have or cause a problem with naked women in the women's locker room, they're too old to be in the women's locker room at all.

They were preschoolers taking a swimming class in Western NY in the winter. Not exactly anywhere else for the moms to change the kids clothes and you can't expect them to take the kids home in wet swimsuits in the snow. Not much other choice than to let them see the naked women in all their glory...or not go to swimming classes at all. Maybe they shoudl have a 'kids' locker room? :dunno:

EZMONEY
02-06-2007, 10:08 PM
I was wondering how long it would take Gary to join in on this thread...

did somebody say naked and boobs? ;)

EZMONEY
02-06-2007, 10:10 PM
Just think how us guys feel "sizin'" up :o in the locker room!

shelby897
02-06-2007, 10:51 PM
I am very uncomfortable being undressed around the locker room, but on a positive note -- I always joke that when I'm thin I would do all that stuff people who are comfortable with their bodies do -- naked in the locker room, being a stripper, whatever!!! :D (Just kidding)

I kind of agree -- locker rooms are fine to be naked --- but you don't need to treat it like a nudist colony -- bathing suit off, clothes on -- don't discuss your dinner menu/make a lunch date inbetween bathing suit off, underwear on!! If you wouldn't walk through the lobby naked, why subject the same people to 1/2 hour of it, my god, don't they get cold???

lizziness
02-06-2007, 11:18 PM
Glad I could entertain you Chick in the hat - too bad I had to see it. Kinda makes me wish I could poke out my mind's eye. :)

heheh. Funny story I heard about my gym, sadly I was not there that day one of my friends told me this... apparently an older gentleman got confused and thought that it was men only in the sauna (which is out with the pool which is connected to both the mens and womens locker rooms).. he also thought it was clothing optional... and he came out of the mens locker room in all his glory to find 20 women doing a water aerobics class!! how horrifying that would have been...

tikanique
02-07-2007, 10:46 AM
Oh my! :lol: I would have dern near drowned from laughing at him had I been there!

Tiki

elsiemoo
02-07-2007, 11:51 AM
:D Thanks, lizziness! My DH and I just had the best laugh!

aphil
02-07-2007, 12:12 PM
I am with the whole "it's a locker room/shower area-it's okay to be naked" crowd...but I agree with some of the others, in that you can be naked, but do so respectfully. :)

I mean, get your towel out before you undress. Lay your underwear/bra out before you get in the shower, so that you don't have to bend over and dig through your bag naked looking for them. :lol:
Yes, you are naked when you shower...but dress before you dry your hair, put on makeup, paint your nails, talk on your cell phone... :lol:

I personally would not be bothered to see a naked woman going from the shower to her bag to get her clothing. It doesn't matter to me if she was 110 pounds and 20 years old...or 250 pounds and 60. However, cutting toenails while naked in public (thank you for that visual btw :rofl: ) is just WRONG. :lol:

Have you all seen the Seinfeld episode where he had a gilfriend who was naked all the time, and he couldn't stand it? He talked about "good" naked and "bad" naked-and said "naked hairbrushing GOOD....naked coughing BAAAAD." :rofl:

I honestly do not think I have EVER cut my tonenails anywhere but at HOME. :lol: I am still scratching my head in confusion on that one. :D

tikanique
02-07-2007, 12:23 PM
Yeah, there are certain things you should only do at home. Toenail cutting is one of them. Douching is another. At that same club in Tennessee some trifling woman left a used douche bottle in the shower. I NEVER used the showers, saunas or hot tub there. The people were just too nasty to be real.

On the subject of small kids in the bathrooms Lifetime here in Michigan has a cool set up. They have men, women and family locker rooms so kids aren't subjected to adult nekidness.

Tiki

chick_in_the_hat
02-07-2007, 02:33 PM
Glad I could entertain you Chick in the hat - too bad I had to see it. Kinda makes me wish I could poke out my mind's eye. :)

Brain bleach is definately called for. :barf:

JasonsLea
02-07-2007, 02:51 PM
I'm with Aphil....I have no problem with locker room nakedness as long as it's done respectfully. I wasn't used to seeing women walking around nude until I started going to the Y. Luckily for me, my Y is very clean and I haven't seen or heard anything disgusting in my locker room. I've never had a problem with anyone taking up too much space or anything. Guess I'm lucky. :)

YP1
02-07-2007, 06:12 PM
There's one woman at my gym who has a shower, stands around naked and then (before covering up the nakedness) pulls a tub of dry cereal out of her bag and stands around eating it. I just don't need to see that.

I am with the "flashes are OK, but cover up at a decent speed" camp. I don't do the under the towel shuffle like some people, but equally I put my clothes on as soon as the towel comes off, and there isn't a wandering round naked stage in between.

mandalinn82
02-07-2007, 06:15 PM
I am with the "flashes are OK, but cover up at a decent speed" camp. I don't do the under the towel shuffle like some people, but equally I put my clothes on as soon as the towel comes off, and there isn't a wandering round naked stage in between.

Me too. There is a genuine need to be naked in a locker room - between shower and clothes, while changing, etc. There is no need to be naked in a locker room while doing other things. I'm not offended by it, I just don't understand the need for it.

ennay
02-07-2007, 06:46 PM
They were preschoolers taking a swimming class in Western NY in the winter. Not exactly anywhere else for the moms to change the kids clothes and you can't expect them to take the kids home in wet swimsuits in the snow. Not much other choice than to let them see the naked women in all their glory...or not go to swimming classes at all. Maybe they shoudl have a 'kids' locker room? :dunno:
Most pools have family changing rooms if you dont want your kids seeing naked people. I would be extremely offended by a parent bringing their kid into a locker room and then expecting everyone else to cover up.

Personally I have no problem with my kids seeing naked people. But then I grew up a hippie and saw dozens of naked people before I knew it was *cough* "wrong".

I think there is a big difference between flaunting and just normal nakedness.

I dont dress right away. I usually will do undies & bra at a reasonable clip, but frankly, I need to air dry a bit or I feel damp and icky all day. And that is a quick path to a below boob yeast infection. Towel drying just doesnt cut it. I usually do bra and undies, then dry my hair, then dress the rest of the way.

mandalinn82
02-07-2007, 07:32 PM
Bra and underwear is just fine....you see way worse at the beach or pool, as bra and underwear is the same thing as a bikini.

To me, there is an obvious difference between "until i'm dry, i'm not going to put my clothes on" and "I am going to stand at the sink/blowdry/have 15 min long conversations with my friend" nakedness.

Reddalice
02-07-2007, 10:27 PM
^-^ I must be odd then! I think women feeling that comfortable with themselves is a beautiful thing! I do think toes are gross- so naturally clipping the toenails isn't my thing, and DEFINITELY not in public. I also think in public grooming areas it is important to contain your mess- it polite & out of concern for women, boys should be in their own changing areas.

Tall, large, thin, short, round, and flat, old, young, and every combination henceforth- It really does my heart good to know that our countries confines are limited- and there are still women who feel good abouts themselves AND still believe that natural is natural is natural. LoL. I hope that made sense. ^-^

lizziness
02-07-2007, 10:51 PM
I agree. There is a difference. I tried the under towel shuffle. It's a pain in the *** and it isn't effective. You have to get dressed... you have to be naked...

but you don't have to walk around everywhere naked, use the toilet without closing the door, flushing or washing your hands (you nasty woman you know who you are) and you can think before you do things like spread your legs and reach for your toes. *LOL*

Where else but on here can we have a conversation this amusing?! :)


And I hear ya on the boob-pits, ennay... it sucks. One thing I'm looking forward to with weightloss is a smaller bra size!

willmakeit
02-14-2007, 09:20 PM
I think many of them were from a different country originally, and I was just being a prudish American.


I have travelled to atleast 20 different countries and stayed there (China, Singapore, South america, england, india, italy etc.. etc..) but only in America was I shocked to see the amount of nudity I ever saw in the gym/locker rooms...Well, to some extent in the UK but nowhere else! Atleast not for more than 5 minutes at the most (while changing)...

i remember the very first time I was in US in a local pool locker room and what a cultural shock it was! Women roaming around naked so freely, no private chaning cabins...women of all ages, even small girls! I had never seen anything like this in any other country and could not go swimming that day! Even in my gym...women just seem to like to be naked while doing their hair, talking to each other or whatever! and mind you its a good gym!