To grow up in a Norwegian small town in the 1970’s was no journey in sexual liberation: it was sooner full of comparisons. The culture was changing, with pressure from Norwegian equality politics and with resistance from the town’s roots in religious puritanism. Everyone understood, for example, who the few girls were who sunbathed topless. And possibly even when and where they did it. And the glimpses they received were not appealing for women going through puberty. At the same time, it was remarkable that they dared to do it.

That first memory is followed by another: from the line in the swimming hall’s women’s shower on Saturdays. Thick, moist air and filled with chewing the fat girls and women from three- to 80-years old. Naked. And not a single Brazilian wax in sight. How we giggled at all of the strange female bodies!
We knew what we had to do, both in the swimming hall and after gym class. We had to wash. With soap and without clothing. This knowledge could of course be painful since we grew at different speeds and were either too tall, too fat or too flat, and we had our periods at different times. But from the first day of physical education class the physical education teacher was there, ensuring that everyone did what they were supposed to do and that we didn’t dilly-dally. It was an instruction in the nature of the human body. We’re able to see with our own eyes that there was a substantial variation in what was regular.
Practical explanations
To live in Grunerlokka(an area of the capital Oslo approximately equivalent to Brooklyn), one gains a good deal of experience with ethnic diversity and exciting discussions both in school and at extracurricular sports about how things should be. At varying points we parents have talked about why our children seldom or never shower after gym class or sports exercises. When we request the schools and sports clubs, we get various practical explanations concerning tight schedules, inferior-quality locker rooms, and that it’s not a pedagogical condition to be sure youngsters shower. But family nudists pics wonder. At schools where teachers have pressed for showering, we hear about boys and girls who shower with their knickers on.
The French philosopher Mearleau-Ponty states in The Body’s Phenomenology that the body is more than its physical attributes it’s through the body and its links that we master the world around us. It really is therefore important how we feel about our bodies. During our whole youth the body changes, and it is not much fun. The body’s changes make us feel bashful and out-of-sync with ourselves.

At the exact same time, these changes are something we all yes, all must go through in order to become grownups. Even though strict spiritual surroundings constantly accentuate covering the body and commanding inborn desires. Perhaps there is a connection between how we participate and live through these physical and mental changes and how we experience life. There can be less danger for body shame and maltreatment and more happiness with a body someone enjoys and is protected in.
More nudity and more puritanism
The ideals of how the body should be do change with time’s requirements and chances. Today we’ve got distinct conditions for sexuality in the public space than in the 1970’s. There is and sexual innuendo, and sexual techniques are just a keystroke away. But at the same time, parts of our physical practices have become more puritanical. Young girls have seen Trekant (Triangle, a Norwegian prime time television show that explores sexuality), and while they know everything about anal sex, they’ve never seen their classmates naked.
Where I go to work out these days, the air smells good and there are lockable lockers at the appropriate height. There are several kinds of bathing rooms and the water in the showers is consistently warm. And there are many dressed girls who are in their prime. The first time I saw a young woman shower with her panties on, I thought: Poor girl, she must surely have issues since she’s this type of great body. I don’t think like this anymore. Transforming of clothes happens like it does at the strand and the towel around the body isn’t removed before the protective walls of the shower stall take over.
Norwegian culture contains many small regular practices. A couple personal experiences don’t mean that an entire culture is changing. In conversations about clothed showering, it’s pointed out that it is occurring because of the modesty demanded by Muslims. But it’s not simple. Our media is infused with American culture that stresses puritan and pious values, which are represented in television series and movies.
Girls influenced the most