Every time I use the bathroom at one of my grandchildren's school events, I flash back to my own childhood. Coming face-to-face with the communal trough urinal and door-less toilet stalls triggers my feelings of juvenile embarrassment. In case a man has never used one of these urinals, eHow offers up advice on "How to Use a Trough Urinal. Communal bathing and spas have been around for thousands of years, but the concept of modesty is a relatively recent one for Western culture. Many indigenous people would play sports without any covering, and athletes in ancient Greece also competed naked. Taboos against nakedness grew in Europe in the 18th century. Women began to wear more layers of clothing and protected their modesty and avoided the gaze of men at the beach by entering the water through elaborate bathing machines. But certain aspects of the tradition of naked competition still existed when I was a young man growing up in Chicago in the early 's. One of my worst experiences was being forced to swim in the nude in high school.
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What's with the ads? My 13yo ds works out at a gym. My dh and I believe it's a safe enough place that it has been a drop-off activity for him for about a year. He's fine when he's in the gym, but gosh, naked in the locker room is a different story. Unless he goes with a friend. Unfortunately, kids that age who are clearly alone attract unwelcome attention because of that. Doesn't matter whether they are boys or girls, IMO.
Dear Abby: I am the single dad of two teenage boys 17 and 18 who are both in high school. I am wondering about something they do with their friends. The boys take showers in large groups.
Send questions for Cecil Adams to: cecil straightdope. Your direct line to thousands of the smartest, hippest people on the planet, plus a few total dipsticks. In the two school systems I went to in my teens we had to take PE for grades For this we had to wear gym clothes which we changed into before class and out of after class in a locker room. No one in any of my classes ever thought about taking a shower after class.