At least we now have a definitive time line (from the design experts) as to when sad millennial modesty took over
"Showering after gym class in high school became virtually extinct in the ’90s"
Students Still Sweat, They Just Don't Shower April 22, 1996http://www.nytimes.com/1996/04/22/us/students-still-sweat-they-just-don-t-shower.html
A generation ago, when most schools mandated showers, a teacher would typically monitor students and hand out towels, making sure that proper hygiene was observed. In schools with pools, students were sometimes required to swim naked, and teachers would conduct inspections for cleanliness that schools today would not dare allow, whether because of greater respect for children or greater fear of lawsuits.
The antipathy to taking showers after gym class puzzles some teachers and coaches. "These guys don't want to undress in front of each other," said John Wrenn, a teacher at Homewood-Flossmoor High School in suburban Chicago, who can scarcely conceal his contempt for the new sensibilities. "I just don't get it. When I started in '74, nobody even thought about things like this. The whole thing is just hard for me to accept."
Some people believe that children today simply grow up accustomed to more privacy. Years ago, when bigger families lived in smaller houses with fewer bathrooms and bedrooms, it was the rare child who could maintain a sense of modesty.
Students who dreaded showering at school got a lift two years ago after the American Civil Liberties Union threatened to file a lawsuit in Federal court over a mandatory shower policy in Hollidaysburg, Pa.
"In 25 years of doing A.C.L.U. work -- cases on prayer in the school, you name it -- I had never had any response like this," he said. "People remembered their own humiliation. I myself remember moving from my little country school to the city school, and being mortified about having to take showers. But in those days, you did what the schools said, you did what the teachers said."
Mandatory showers and teachers on shower patrol are virtually a thing of the past now, and rinsing off after gym is the student's option. In fact, some schools are considering removing showers because they are not used.
Modesty among young people today seems, in some ways, out of step in a culture that sells and celebrates the uncovered body in advertisements, on television and in movies.Dr. Bernhardt said studies showed that as many as 11 percent of high school boys have reported using anabolic steroids.
Many of them did not participate in sports and presumably were not taking the muscle-producing drugs for a competitive edge. "The No. 1 reason for taking steroids, as cited by these boys, is body image," Dr. Bernhardt said.
Insecurities about body shape play a big role in the reluctance to shower at schools, judging from interviews with about two dozen young people at a shopping mall here recently.