For anxiety-ridden adolescents, the locker room is a torture chamber. Who can forget the tampon scene in “Carrie,” which set the tone for horror films to come? Yet fast forward a few decades, and now we not only have entire episodes of sit-coms such “2 Broke Girls” set in a locker room (“And the Gym and Juice””) but that very room has become a selling point making pricey health clubs more appealing. What happened?
For the New York Times, Choire Sicha explains that while gym designers have worked hard to “make the locker room not sad, not alienating and not a place that smells like butts,” there’s still one major need missing: “Each day, thousands upon thousands of men in locker rooms nationwide struggle to put on their underwear while still covered chastely in shower towels, like horrible breathless arthropods molting into something tender-skinned. They writhe, still moist, into fresh clothes;
Curator’s note: We have done such a good job of body shaming and negative body image that walking around in a locker room without could be perceived as exhibitionism.