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Old 05-23-2002, 08:51 AM   #1
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Jockstraps and Nudity

I wrote this portion under another subject, but thought it was worthy of its own subject. I would love to hear from you.

I go to the gym daily and change there. I always wear my jockstrap when I excercise. Men, is it just me or is the jockstrap a dying trend? I think I am one of the only guys at my gym to frequently wear a jockstrap. The other guys who do are also older men. What happened?
Back in my day, all fathers gave thier sons jockstraps at the appropriate age and everyone wore one during PE and at the YMCA. I certianly encourage my sons to wear thiers!
Men, any comments on jockstraps? Do you men ever wear them? Are they going out of style? What about you older men like LANCE? Do you still wear them?
Also, is it just me, or are younger boys and younger men more ashamed to be nude in public places (the locker room) than before? The younger generations tend to be much more modest these days. I wonder what the cause of that is. Any thoughts?

 
Old 05-23-2002, 09:53 AM   #2
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Re: Jockstraps and Nudity

manlyman, I am 31 years old. The only time I have ever wore a jockstrap was when I had my testicles snipped. I could not stand the strap, way too constricting, but I have not owned underware, or boxers since I was around twelve or so. Myself, I can't stand having that type stuff on, It is embarrassing when you are walking around with this huge bulge down there. Did not mstter how I positioned it, it would still stick out like a sore thumb, not too mention how uncomfortable they are, but that's me. As for being naked around people, I don't go out of my way to do that, avoid it if I can. I just don't see the need to get naked in front of others unless I have to, then I have no probs with it. Take care. <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/biggrin.gif">

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Old 05-25-2002, 06:58 PM   #3
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Re: Jockstraps and Nudity

I think guys are more modest now and I think the reason is partly the GAY fear. There is much more awareness of the gay culture now and the fear of being gay or being perceived as gay, is pretty strong, especially in younger guys. So I think guys don't put themselves in positions where they might be with naked guys.

There is also a huge culture of penis shame, with many guys feeling that they are just too small compared to the porn they see. It doesn't matter how often you say 5.1 inches is average, every KNOWS that if you are not 6, you are just too small. Of course only a fraction of guys are over 6, but....perception is everything.

As far as jock straps go...I only wore one for hitting sports like football and I don't play them anymore.

 
Old 05-25-2002, 09:47 PM   #4
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Re: Jockstraps and Nudity

Sorry to disappoint you, I've never had one on at all! Don't think I'd like it at all, way to constricting for me!

 
Old 05-26-2002, 06:48 PM   #5
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Only used one in High Schoole gym class. I can't say I liked it. Once I was out of gym, the strap found a new home. As for going to the gym, I have done that, but wihout the jock strap. Come to think of it, I don't remember seeing any jock straps on any of the men who were there. Asher

 
Old 05-27-2002, 08:22 AM   #6
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Re: Jockstraps and Nudity

I never saw the need for a jockstrap unless a cup was used. I used one for football years ago. Now I don't bother with anything, much more comfortable to hang free.

At a newly built college gym where I work out the lockers have individual showers. I don't know if that's a trend or the architects preference. In my high school and college the showers were in an open area. I agree with Orion, there seems to be more modesty and discomfort with the gay issue for younger guys.

 
Old 05-27-2002, 08:58 AM   #7
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Re: Jockstraps and Nudity

Does seem to be the trend. I work in a HS and have been in the locker room with coaches after games. I'm amazed at how modest guys are. They won't even change clothes together....actually take turns going to the enclosed bathroom to change. Although I hated it in HS, we all just changed standing right next to each other, showered together and it was just expected that nudity in the locker room was a normal part of growing up. It wasn't a problem, sure there was the usual adolescent horseplay and such, but we did it in good fun. It was required that we shower and lost points if we didn't. Today, guys in our school don't even shower after games and certainly not after PE. Its a shame, all that sweat to carry around for the rest of the day. We've come a long way, but backwards as far as I can see!

 
Old 05-28-2002, 04:25 AM   #8
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Re: Jockstraps and Nudity

As far as the nudity thing go's I wholeheartedly agree. All of the "Older" people walk around the lockerroom at my Gym naked, shave naked, and hold conversations naked. Me,(I'm 22) I go find a corner and change as quickly as possible. Not really sure why.

 
Old 05-28-2002, 08:47 AM   #9
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Re: Jockstraps and Nudity

The commments have been great and insightful. I guess I am the only one who still wears a jockstrap! I guess I am a little old fashion in that regard.
But I was glad to hear that I am not the only one who has noticed that the younger generations were quick to hide themselves and ridiculously modest. At my gym/pool, the older men shower naked, walk to and from thier lockers nude, and talk openly and have conversation with other guys naked while not worrying about others seeing them totally naked. I myself along with other men have no problem shaving nude at the gym, and I often stand next to another older nude guy as we shave at adjacent sinks. Even with the mirrors around us we are uninhibited about others seeing us. Its not just the well endowed or hung guys who are uninhibited either. Men of all shapes and sizes are confident and could care less after a hard workout who sees them.
The younger guys are completely different I must say. OF course their are always a few exceptions, but for the most part the younger guys are shy and modest. Younger swimmers wear swim trunks down to their knees, and come in and shower but leave thier trunks on. Dont they feel a little out of place in a room full of naked men? I have also seen younger guys change in bathroom stalls, put thier underwear on while their towel is wrapped around thier waist. Other young guys who go thier to work out will sometimes just not shower at all.
I dont understand it. And I agrees with Lance, it is a shame. Why are our young men ashamed and/or embarressed about thier bodies. Being naked and unmodest in my opinion is part of being masculine and enjoying manhood. It is also a great bonding experience.
It would be great to hear from younger guys who do some of this behavior? Young men, why do you do this? Older guys, What have we done in raising these younger men to be ashamed of what they have? Do you all see the same things I write of? Any thoughts or comments?

 
Old 05-28-2002, 09:07 AM   #10
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Re: Jockstraps and Nudity

when we went to high school, we never had showers or took a shower after PE. health clubs have several showers, but not one big shower where everybody is walking around freely... so we never grew up with the fact of dealing with other nudity. people are ashamed when i comes to being naked in front of strangers.
what about the younger guys who shave?? when you are trimming or when you are going for a brazilian, what would older men think about that?? maybe they are mature enough to react like they should be, but deep down inside, what would they think??
and if nudity is becoming so "natural" that everybody is doing it without shame, how about locker rooms or showers or even toilet-rooms, where both sexes walk around freely. or is male-female to difficult when it comes to being naked. just wondering...
ps: we never had jockstraps, but then again, we don't play hockey or football. only soccer and there we have a shower together after the game.

 
Old 05-31-2002, 10:06 AM   #11
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Re: Jockstraps and Nudity

I'm 26 and I wear a jockstrap whenever I participate in any type of sport or go swimming (helps to prevent the package from showing itself). My parents got me one when I was about 11 and I've used one ever since. However, I don't think my dad wears one, at least I've noever seen it. I have noticed that besides myself, it is mostly the older men who put on jocks in the locker room. In gym class or after school sports in high school we never showered after, we just got dressed and went as we were, sweat and all.
I have also noticed that it is mostly the older men at the gym who are not afraid to be free and naked in front of others in the locker room. Personally, I feel more manly if I'm also naked, so I frequently walk to and from the shower naked, and have shaved naked before also. You're right, there is a kind of bonding that goes on between naked men in the locker room. In my gym there is a sauna, steam room, and jacuzzi all in the men's locker room and it seems that the younger guys always wear a bathing suit or shorts when they go into these, whereas the older guys (and I) tend to go naked. Isn't that the point of them putting this stuff in the men's locker room instead of having a co-ed jacuzzi/sauna/steam?
I think it's too bad that men have lost traditional rites of passage (1st jockstrap, showering after gym, etc) that used to be a part of growing up male. I think this must be related to so many guys not having a strong masculine identity anymore. Anyway, that's just my observations. Any thoughts?

 
Old 05-31-2002, 11:47 AM   #12
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Re: Jockstraps and Nudity

I wore a jock and cup when I played hockey, till I was about 16. (41 now...Holy Crap!!) We were told by the teacher to wear one in gym class...and I remember one particular teacher saying 'Hey Abernethy, where's your athletic support?'
I quipped back 'Why are you looking there on me?' Well that got piles of laughs, and also a cuff to the side of my head! I refused to wear one in class...and have never since. As mentioned above, too constricting! I really hate the feel of it.
As for the nudity thing, does not affect me one way or the other. I am not ashamed of my body..I am built small, and have little muscle, average height, and slim.
I actually look much better than many I see in changerooms who have 'pots' and 'love handles'.
I have no problem visiting a male or female doctor, or sharing a co-ed shower/change area. If someon wants to look, let them have thier thrills! Good for them.

The Gay thing, as mentioned above, could be a factor, if indeed the hypothesis of being ashamed is like what was originally posted. I have not noticed it in my area though.

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Old 06-03-2002, 05:49 PM   #13
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Re: Jockstraps and Nudity

I wear a jock when biking or playing sports or if I feel like I need extra support. I do wear a cup if I'm taking a long bikeride or playing contact sports. As for nudity, when I was younger I was embarassed by my body and didn't know if I'd "measure up". But now that I'm in my late thirties, I don't care. I've come to find that I really don't care what anyone think about the size of my pecks or biceps or franky the size of my penis. I guess as you age you realize who you are and you either like yourself or deal with your insecurities.

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Old 06-04-2002, 07:26 AM   #14
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Re: Jockstraps and Nudity

A thought for you guys worried about measuring up: talkin' flaccid length here, if you measure ABOVE average, no prob. If you measure AVERAGE, and STILL feel inadequate, see a shrink. If you measure SMALLER than average, relax. You'll make all the other guys' day, but little do they know what your modest little fella is capable of!

 
Old 06-04-2002, 02:16 PM   #15
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Re: Jockstraps and Nudity

Hey Marco, Interesting way of looking at things. I agree with you! Which category do you fall under? Do you make other guys' days?
For me personally it depends on how shy my package wants to be and who I am showering with. After a nice cool swim or long work out I will sometimes take off my suit or jock as I head to the shower only to find that my penis is shrunken up and tiny. I dont mind though. I have no shame. I am what you call a "grower", meaning that I my flaccid size might not be very big (2-3 1/2 inches), but if you get me excited than I am a good 7 inches. Somedays the men under the adjacent shower head must feel really hung as they shower next to me. I dont mind however, because i know that when it matters, my size is probably just as big as thiers. Other days I will look around the shower and notice that I am the biggest one in there. I dont mind that either!
Men, do you feel insecure or uncomfortable when you are in a shower full of larger men? Or you large men, do you feel superior showering with smaller men? What are your thoughts on this subject

 
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