Hate it. I think this dates back to boyhood, when I used to spend my off days from school helping my dad at his office in Stamford, Ct. Just something gross about seeing all those old, wrinkly, fat, hairy dudes milling about as if it were some elephant graveyard.
Warning: This post will continue to reference the nude, male form. Readers who are prone to seizures, migraines or the vapors are encouraged to close this tab immediately. But the locker room situation is untenable.
Fortunately, that conversation is easily had and easily understood by your toddler, who can process and handle more than you might think. Unfortunately, that conversation might make you feel weird. Think of the locker room as a teaching opportunity — a classroom for casual nudity, healthy body image, and sexual understanding.
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Enter something special:. In this day and age, I am sure a lot of guys like myself have a gym membership and will hit the gym at least times a week 0r more for a workout. What I do want to discuss about is the place everyone retreats to after a satisfying and rewarding workout — the locker room.
Despite the incredible outpouring of support for NBA player Jason Collins after he came out on Monday, there were still some negative responses. A series of Tweets from former NBA All-Star Larry Johnson, who still works as a business operations representative for the New York Knicks, was particularly revealing about how some players may respond to playing beside someone who is gay. I don't Jason Collins personally but he seems like a great guy.
I admit, I'm new to the locker room scene. I played sports my freshman year in high school, but otherwise that's my main exposure to the locker room past gym class many moons ago. I've recently taken up the gym on my lunch hour as of end of Januaryat a local KC gym downtown.
Gym designers have rid locker rooms of the gnarly shower curtains, trading them in for sexy glass escape pods. They have made bathroom stalls ever more private. Comfy couch corners, Wi-Fi and lockers with built-in locks have gone from swank options to standard issue.
All week long at the Miami Herald, there had been a tremendous buildup to the big event. There had been meetings, phone calls, more meetings. I was a year-old summer intern at the Herald, between my undergraduate and master's years at Northwestern, and sports editor Paul Anger assigned me to write a sidebar on the visiting team.