strongbull saidI do find it amazing how in my lifetime things have changed so drastically. No one would be caught dead wearing underwear or shorts in the shower when I was in my teens and twenties! It is gross, you can't get properly clean, and at that time you would have been considered a "sissy" for being shy. You didn't feel like you were being rated by others, you were all guys, all shapes and sizes, and naked for practical reasons. You did not assume others around you were interested and staring at you, even if you might have those feelings. It was just natural and normal. To be so self conscious that you have to wear clothes in the shower and do contortions to keep yourself covered at all times is so weird to me and exhausting to think about. I just do what I need to do like I was home, minus the farting or other overtly offensive activities, LOL. Everything is sexualized now, I think that is the problem. Nudity is not about sex, sex is about sex, and you often happen to be nude when doing it. We have got to get a grip people.
I belonged to a Y in Alabama in the early 1980s, paying for an added-cost mens health club membership. Which meant having an exclusive locker room that was nicer than the ordinary members had, as well as towel & laundry service, tanning tables and TV lounge. As well as exclusive mens sauna, steam room, and whirlpool hot tub, all of which had signs saying they could ONLY be used in the nude.
Well, there was one guy so modest that he not only did the towel dance (first time I ever saw that routine), but he would never remove the towel at all when not in his gym wear. He showered in it, even went into the hot tub wearing it, despite the big sign saying no clothing allowed.
Maybe he thought a towel wasn't clothing. Though it was funny seeing him constantly struggling to keep it from floating up from the action of the whirlpool bubbles. But despite disapproving glances and smirks from the other naked hot tubbers who complied with the policy, no one corrected him.
Then one day I overheard 2 other guys discussing him near my locker as I dressed. One asked the other what the story was with this comically eccentric behavior. .
And his companion replied that he was a prominent local Baptist minister, despite his young age of perhaps 30. And everyone assumed it was due to his prudish religious convictions, and so he was allowed to break the club rules.
But they both agreed he was more than a bit ridiculous, and maybe a little "funny". (A Southern term meaning possibly a queer) Because in those days it was NOT getting naked around the other guys in the locker room that made you suspect of being a homo, versus "real men" who didn't give a fuck. The group think being that if you were attracted to women, it made you indifferent to male nudity.
Though oddly, at that same club I also encountered a guy who seemed to take that concept too far the other way.
In our TV lounge there was also placed, rather incruously, a stationary bicycle right next to the console TV. You came there to cool down and relax before dressing, sitting naked on towels on the serveral sofas and armchairs, maybe reading a magazine or a newspaper from the selection.
But this one guy would be pedaling the bike nude, thankfully at least putting a towel on the saddle, while he watched TV. Now there were exercise bikes elsewhere, so why he wanted to use this one naked, and why it was even there in the first place, eluded me.
But needless to say, watching a guy pedaling naked, his dick flopping and balls churning, was a great distraction I didn't welcome. I'm sitting there naked myself, trying to relax and watch TV, but instead this guy is right in my line of sight and I'm fighting not to get a public stiffy.
I try to be nonchalant about male social nudity, but extremes of behavior do catch my notice.