Were you ever REALLY shy about changing for P.E. class in High School?

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    Aug 17, 2010 5:24 AM GMT
    I was a ditcher of that class almost all through High School because I didn't want other guys to see me getting changed. There were always about four guys that were the same way. I use to honestly think it should be against the law...icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 17, 2010 5:28 AM GMT
    Yep. I didn't feel I measured up to the other guys.
    I still don't think I measure up to a lot of guys, but it doesn't bother me anymore. Now I just rock what I got. icon_wink.gif
  • commoncoll

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    Aug 17, 2010 5:28 AM GMT
    Yes. I was that way. I stopped caring about it the older I got though.
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    Aug 17, 2010 5:42 AM GMT
    Yep. So much so that I took P.E. during the summer when we didn't have to change. We just went, then went home.
  • KepaArg

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    Aug 17, 2010 6:50 AM GMT
    no, i wasn´ t. I´ m very much an exhibitionist icon_smile.gif
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    Aug 17, 2010 7:28 AM GMT
    haha, i had this problem like in my first year of HS until i got used to my classmates.

    after that i did not have any problem
  • safety43_mma1...

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    Aug 17, 2010 8:15 AM GMT
    not at all i just never have had a problem with that i guess.
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    Aug 17, 2010 3:16 PM GMT
    Yes I did since I always believed that someone would laugh at me.
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    Aug 17, 2010 3:21 PM GMT
    I was fat in the school years where PE was mandatory. I would change in front of the other guys, but I was FAST! haha. In grade 9, I did PE by correspondence. It was a pretty sweet deal! Fortunately I thinned out by grade 12 and now working out and changing in front of others is an everyday event. I think we all feel a bit awkward with our bodies during the school years.
  • LJay

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    Aug 17, 2010 3:29 PM GMT
    I hated it!

    Not only was I shy, but the whole thing was such a mess of crowding, awkwardness and rush. You were supposed to jam into the shower and be ready for the next class in no time at all. In the meantime you had to deal with smelly gym clothes and damp towels and trying to keep your street clothes clean. Yuck!
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    Aug 17, 2010 3:39 PM GMT
    I loathed gym class for that reason. Being a twink in HS had major disadvantages. icon_eek.gif
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    Aug 17, 2010 3:44 PM GMT
    Yes. My father made me really look down on myself.
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    Aug 17, 2010 3:47 PM GMT
    I was at times, but not for the reasons I've read here. Take into account that I personally led a rather sheltered and naive life, as did many more of my generation than in more recent decades, especially regarding sexuality. With that in mind:

    Prior to puberty I was frequently nude with other boys, so changing in a locker room was nothing. We skinny-dipped at summer camp and in a local river, we swam nude at the Y, many of us even swam nude in our backyard pools together until around 7 or 8.

    But when I went into puberty nearly a year before my friends did I finally became embarrassed. It was being different, and boys hate that. And my naive side didn't know yet I was supposed to be proud of having this big hunk of meat between my legs, and a huge bush of jet black hair that suddenly seemed to appear overnight. Being the first in my group to experience that was awkward for me. So instead of showing off to the other boys I wanted to hide it, and then's when I first became shy in a sense.

    By high school (our system then was 4-year beginning as freshman, no junior high) all the other boys had caught up with me, more or less (most of them less). But now I had a new problem: I was becoming sexually aroused when naked around them. I didn't understand why, I had no knowledge about gays and gay sexual attraction.

    I'd heard the slurs "queer" and "homo" but vaguely thought that had something to do with being a sissy and acting girlish, and masturbating too much. I honestly didn't know there was a gay sexual component to those terms.

    But I did know I'd get labeled a queer if I got a stiffie in the gang showers, and I had a constant battle to resist getting them. In my own confused mind I explained it to myself as a reaction to the fear that I would get a boner, causing me to get one simply from the tension and the thinking about it, a kind of vicious circle.

    But truth is, though I tried to suppress the thoughts at the time, I simply liked looking at the other naked guys, and it excited me. So there was the source of my own fear of gym class, not so much shyness itself but fear of detection. Does that make sense or sound familiar to anyone else?
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    Aug 17, 2010 3:48 PM GMT
    Yup, I was already in my 200's in HS (and hint: it wasn't muscle, then). Changing in general was embarassing.
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    Aug 17, 2010 4:00 PM GMT
    Omgosh I hated it in middle school. So much, that I joined NJROTC in HS to avoid PE locker rooms! HAHA.

    I also hated it, because I still wore briefs as my classmates had moved onto boxers. Now that I'm in boxers, I find all the gays in briefs! haha.

    I don't have a problem now when I'm in the gym's locker room. If you stare I'd call you a homo, if your don't then I don't. icon_rolleyes.gif
  • NerdLifter

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    Aug 17, 2010 4:06 PM GMT
    In High School? Hell yes! That and a bunch of the guys were just hot! At that age I would get an instant boner if I looked at any of their nearly naked bodies.

    I also had a crush on one of the guys; he was the lead basketball and baseball player for our school. All the guys in my class were really nice guys though; I came from a small class of 15 male students, so we were all very close and friendly with each other. I valued their friendship, especially my crush, so I tried to keep a low profile in the locker room.
  • cromi

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    Aug 17, 2010 4:08 PM GMT
    when i was in high school, i always have a shirt underneath my uniform and shorts underneath my slacks so i just take off my uniforms w/o them seeing my skinny body.
    dont really participate in my pe class cause i don't want to sweat.
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    Aug 17, 2010 4:15 PM GMT
    Yeah. Only because my locker was assigned to be right in the middle of all the popular guys. If I looked anywhere but straight ahead, I was told to "stop trying to look at their dicks."

    In high school, we only had to take two semesters of PE, so I took both in summer school, where I could just go home right after.
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    Aug 17, 2010 4:19 PM GMT
    I don't get it... this whole being shy/afraid of getting naked in front of other people... I think it's an issue only you americans deal with (and other puritan religious societies/ islamic countries).

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  • SpikeJock

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    Aug 17, 2010 4:19 PM GMT
    I was really shy when it first started. It was embarassing and scarry. However, after the first 3-4 times it wasn't a big deal anymore at all.

    The flip side of being uncomfortable is that it teaches you something: we are all essentially the same, and it's also ok to be different. It helped me realize other guys were nervous too, and that in the end it boosted my self confidence in so many ways; that I realized it was ok to be myself and there was nothing to worry about.

    I think the whole thing about being scared to change in PE class and the embarasement of it in society today is catering to unreasonable fear. I was scarred the first time I dove off the high-board in the pool, I was scarred my first roller coaster, and I was scarred the first time I had to give a public speech. It doesn't mean I shouldn't face those fears so my life is more in balance and I'm more self assured and realize that confidence comes from myself, not from anyone elses opinion of me or my body.

    That's my opinion anyway. I hated it for a week, but I'm so glad it doesn't plague me through life like I see it do to others.
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    Aug 17, 2010 4:20 PM GMT
    Egh....still doesn't bother me.
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    Aug 17, 2010 4:22 PM GMT
    judoguy saidI don't get it... this whole being shy/afraid of getting naked in front of other people... I think it's an issue only you americans deal with (and other puritan religious societies/ islamic countries).

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    Maybe you should come hold our hands and lead us into your shower.
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    Aug 17, 2010 4:22 PM GMT
    I was!!! Oh god hated it so much lol
    now, I have a strip show in the gym lockers.
    hahah jk!
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    Aug 17, 2010 4:25 PM GMT
    judoguy saidI don't get it... this whole being shy/afraid of getting naked in front of other people... I think it's an issue only you americans deal with (and other puritan religious societies/ islamic countries).

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    Or that I didn't want to be seen with a full-on boner in the middle of my high school locker room icon_twisted.gif
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    Aug 17, 2010 4:33 PM GMT
    wrestlervic said
    judoguy saidI don't get it... this whole being shy/afraid of getting naked in front of other people... I think it's an issue only you americans deal with (and other puritan religious societies/ islamic countries).

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    Maybe you should come hold our hands and lead us into your shower.

    w some of you, I totally would icon_lol.gif

    I mean, if you were at a gym or public pool here, people would think you were kinda weird if you did the towel dance in the changing room/showers.

    In my country we're used to showering together from elementary school, and up until 2. grade, boys and girls shower together.