Throwback Thursday

A Tale of Two Locker Rooms, #tbt

Throwback Thursday! Here’s Tracy on a tale of two locker rooms



Happy International Women’s Day! In honour of IWD, I thought I’d write about my experience in a women-only space that lots of us who lead active lifestyles spend some time in: the women’s locker room.

I frequent two locker rooms regularly: the women’s locker room at the hot yoga studio and the adults only women’s locker room at the Y. These locker rooms have very different vibes and cultures. The difference fascinates me.

More than half of the women in the hot yoga locker room are under 35. A good majority of these women have youthful, firm, slender bodies that fit the ideal of feminine beauty so prized by our current social context. They take their hot yoga class wearing the shortest shorts and the teeniest crop tops. And to me, they look enviably perfect in their hot yoga clothes.

Yet these same young women hide behind their towels when…

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3 thoughts on “A Tale of Two Locker Rooms, #tbt

  1. I read the original one and some comments. May I suggest that shame isn’t necessarily the reasons for some slim women to be less nude or relaxed. Some of it is cultural. It really is. Even with my sisters, we were very respectful to one another and modest.


  2. And I’m someone who doesn’t even wear sports bras nor tank tops when I bike. (It’s ok, I’m preserving my skin across my back, upper arms….)

    Yea, I fit in real well with women who are more covered up culturally and for religious reasons. Seriously.

    It’s just the thinking that I don’t have “worry” about how buff/non-buff I may look at any time.


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