Male social nudity has become unpopular in the US in recent decades. I am old enough to have personally experienced the "before & after." If relaxed attitudes are returning like we once enjoyed then I welcome them, but I just have not seen any significant evidence it's true as this story suggests, or as the thread title states.
I observe the guys in locker rooms who won't shower, or who change their clothes under a towel. And we all know that nude male swimming mostly stopped in the late 1970s.
What's not widely known is that attitudes were once so permissive for men that naked team practice swims could be attended by spectators of both sexes in some locales in the US & Canada, and some competitions were even held suitless. And that sometimes female swimming instructors, although suited themselves, would sub to a class of naked teenage boys in high school, right through 12th grade (age 1
. I'm not aware of cases of that at college level, however.
Male nudity was not a big deal except in inappropriate public settings, even in front of women if the circumstances called for it, and shyness certainly never existed among the men themselves. Undo modesty was seen as an unmanly feminine trait, and to be shy among other men was interpreted as a potential gay sign, ironically somewhat the opposite of what we have today.
Only a homo was at risk of sprouting a stiffie around other naked men, so if you acted uncomfortable & shy in a locker room, you might be one. Sure boners could happen to anyone, but they very rarely did, and real men knew how to control them. Or so the accepted wisdom held.
But nowadays US guys flinch in horror at the prospect of merely sharing an open gang shower. UCLA dorms may be the exception, assuming this report is true, but I don't think it's representative of the rest of the US at present. Though I do wish it was, because I'd prefer a return to that earlier time when men didn't act like blushing girls.