Naked Strangers Make Me Uncomfortable
Nearly every weekday morning, I head to my local gym with baby in tow. He loves their kids’ club, and I love having time to work out, take a shower, and get dressed without having to worry about him.
However, there is something about the gym that makes me a bit uncomfortable, and I don’t know what to do with these feelings. Every time I go to the gym I see several women walking around naked in the women’s locker room. These are older women, young women, fit women, non-fit women. They run the gamut. And they seem to have no self-consciousness about walking stark naked between the lockers and the showers.
This is strange to me. I must suffer from an excess of modesty because I never do this. I get dressed in the complete privacy of my shower stall. Sure, it’s not very convenient, but I’d rather do that then have strangers see me naked.
So I can’t help but wonder….. what’s up with me? Why am I uncomfortable around naked stranger women? Could it stem from a Mormon emphasis on modesty? I know intellectually that there is nothing wrong with being unclothed around other women in a locker room, and part of me marvels and admires these women who seem so unself-conscious about their naked bodies. But another part of me can’t help but thinking, “OK women, time to put your pants on.”
I’d love to know, how do you feel about seeing other women’s naked bodies? Are you yourself comfortable with being undressed around other women? If you are uncomfortable with it, do you think these feelings are due to a Mormon upbringing?