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Who still builds gang style showers?

A few college dorms (not many) and most YMCA's and prisons I assume. Much of the military.

Oh...and sometimes Bally's clubs.

Any other places?

Back before they knew we were gay most all men's spaces had gang showers.

by Anonymousreply 8201/02/2017

Recently I saw a gang shower in a newly built hostel. I was surprised as hostels had been moving towards privacy. They had a trough, sinks and showers in the men's room and 4 private WC's for shitting placed through out the floor.

Floors were men's only and women's only. No shared rooms.

by Anonymousreply 107/13/2013

Gang showers are best, more elbow room no lousy shower curtain. However, toilets need to have complete privacy. A steamer off of the showers is ideal.

by Anonymousreply 207/13/2013

Used to love the gang showers in the service, they were real eye-openers.

by Anonymousreply 307/13/2013

I wonder if they are cheaper to build? I have seen a few more trough urinals recently and I am sure that is due to cost. Individuals with dividers cost more than a trough filled with ice.

by Anonymousreply 407/13/2013

The Public Nudity Troll never tires of this topic.

by Anonymousreply 507/13/2013

Suggestion R5 any topic you do not approve of you are free to ignore.

by Anonymousreply 607/13/2013

The sex-negative flaming prisspots never tire of complaining about this topic.

by Anonymousreply 707/13/2013

Bring back the trough urinals.

by Anonymousreply 807/13/2013

Yes, bring back the trough urinals.

In the meantime, while you're at it--stop installing the individual urinal dividers.

by Anonymousreply 907/13/2013

...and back to our subject. Hopefully the trolls have tired of it.

by Anonymousreply 1007/14/2013

[R10] I hope you are not the OP. You are far too anally retentive to be on DL without supervision.

by Anonymousreply 1107/14/2013


by Anonymousreply 1207/15/2013

In NYC, the Crunch in NoHo had gang showers as late as 2010. It was awesome. Then they closed.

by Anonymousreply 1307/15/2013

Remember when they tried to make "wet rooms" popular? Basically, it meant that your entire bathroom was a gang style shower with a sink in it. I believe the toilet was always enclosed in a water closet, but not certain. I saw these in several show houses and I always thought it was very gay.

by Anonymousreply 1407/15/2013

Wet is the new gay

by Anonymousreply 1507/15/2013

r14 Visited relatives in Italy many years ago, and they had a PAIR of the sort of showerrooms(they were large, maybe 25 feet square?) you describe, one in black marble, one in white. They were across a corridor from one another. The floor tilted slightly to one corner, for drainage. I guess marble is cheap in Italy, would love to know what it'd cost to reproduce here?

by Anonymousreply 1607/15/2013

I guess back in the old days men were expected to be tough and not care about nudity. It is an interesting contradiction because people really were more modest back then, no one wore shorts or t-shirts in public unless for exercising and women's bathing suits covered a lot of skin. So despite the modesty of the period, men of all ages were supposed to be nude in front of each other as if it was the most natural thing in the world. I didn't grow up with those experiences but I'm pretty sure my 11-year old self would have been traumatized by stripping and bathing in a gang shower at school.

by Anonymousreply 1707/15/2013


by Anonymousreply 1807/15/2013

Question if I may:

By 'gang-style' showers, do you mean one open room with individual shower heads where everyone can see each other...or do you mean one huge shower post in the middle of the room with shower nozzles encircling the post so that up to four guys can shower around the post.

My YMCA still has one open, long room with individual shower head where we all can see each other naked. I love it.

by Anonymousreply 1907/15/2013

[quote]of the period, men of all ages were supposed to be nude in front of each other as if it was the most natural thing in the world

Well, it sort of is, Mary. It's certainly not hard to be naked.

Men just weren't anywhere near as body and image conscious back then.

by Anonymousreply 2007/15/2013

R17, until fairly recently men swam in the nude at most gyms/health clubs. In fact, I think swimsuits were actually forbidden in some. Probably because those old wool swimsuits slopped water all over the place.

by Anonymousreply 2107/15/2013

Are there any gang showers or nude swimming pools left in NYC?

I remember the NYTimes did a story some years back about the mandatory nude swimming policy at the University Club.

by Anonymousreply 2207/15/2013

Are there any gang bangs left?

by Anonymousreply 2307/15/2013

In most of Europe all gym showers are this way.

Gang showers? only in the U.S.

by Anonymousreply 2407/15/2013

[quote]I remember the NYTimes did a story some years back about the mandatory nude swimming policy at the University Club.

In the 60s we had "mandatory" nude swimming at YMCA summer camp.


by Anonymousreply 2507/15/2013

Makes sense to me

by Anonymousreply 2607/16/2013

That's true about Europe...private showers were a rare exception in many gyms, hostels etc.

by Anonymousreply 2707/16/2013

The gang's all here!

by Anonymousreply 2807/16/2013

Nazis (dry showers) and prisons

by Anonymousreply 2907/16/2013

R29 way to bring a thread down.

by Anonymousreply 3007/16/2013

As a bartender in SF in the70s, we would fill the troughs with ice early in the evening. Guess that doesn't happen anymore.

by Anonymousreply 3107/16/2013

The men's showers at the urban Y where I work out are gang style ... and it's wonderful. I've been continually surprised by the many young (20s, 30s), professional men who aren't hesitant to shower in the nude. Belies a big DL stereotype. But the clientele is heavily weighted toward creative class, artsy, hipster types so I think gay panic is less of a hangup than it might be elsewhere.

And yes, I sneak looks. But I don't STARE.

by Anonymousreply 3207/16/2013

The YMCA on 47th Street used to have two common showers - anyone still know if they still exist?

Went to the Y in downtown Minneapolis over Christmas - they still have the common shower - the men there are very casual with nudity, unlike a lot of the New York gyms.

Not a troll, but isn't it just easier to put on your underwear without a fucking towel around your waist?

by Anonymousreply 3307/16/2013

Almost all Y's have them, even the newer ones.

by Anonymousreply 3407/16/2013

47th still has them. Great Y but quit because of the location. I am too far west to make either Y convenient any longer.

by Anonymousreply 3507/16/2013

Which Y is it, R32?

by Anonymousreply 3607/16/2013

Ironically enough, r36, it's the Midtown YWCA in Minneapolis. In a different part of town than the Y mentioned by r33, but sounds like the same casual attitude toward male nudity prevails in the locker rooms.

by Anonymousreply 3707/16/2013

[quote]Who still builds gang style showers?

If you build it, they will cum.

by Anonymousreply 3807/16/2013

The fact that Americans think these are "gang" showers shows how fucked up you guys are... wow.

It's just a shower.

by Anonymousreply 3907/16/2013

Sweet Summer memories of my college athletic center with those gang showers that were a pole with 4 shower heads. It was the late 70's and all the men showered together then slapped on their Speedo to head out to the pool. Good times. I always wanted a summer job as the guy who handed out the locker keys. He had a straight view in to the showers all day long.

by Anonymousreply 4007/16/2013

They now build gangnam style.

by Anonymousreply 4107/16/2013

R40, I remember that

by Anonymousreply 4207/16/2013

Remember not to stalk or follow these gang showers, especially if the police dispatcher tells you to remain in your car.

by Anonymousreply 4307/21/2013

Many moons ago I was showering in a crowded Westside YMCA " gang shower" and this young teen ( maybe 13 or 14) in a yellow swim suit was wandering through the shower room, staring at the crotches of all of the showering men. The kid had an obvious hardon and the guiltiest look of pure pleasure on his face. I smiled, knowing that his right hand was in for a workout later.

by Anonymousreply 4407/21/2013

I'm gang showering as I type this

by Anonymousreply 4507/21/2013

My six-story college dorm had them on every other floor, on the odd floors. I was assigned to the third floor my first year, when I was so much in denial about being gay. The communal shower became just too much to take, so I would either shower at off times or head to an even floor where there were shower stalls.

by Anonymousreply 4607/21/2013

Every other floor is strange...had they renovated the even floors?

by Anonymousreply 4707/21/2013

r47, no, don't think they were renovating. They were set up that way. I went to a Christian college, and in hindsight, I do wonder if they set up the communals as a sort of means for (secretly) gay students to test themselves in the eyes of god. I was ok with the communals until a guy whom I had a huge crush on strolled in one morning and stood next to me. It was torture just being next to him and trying not to stare.

by Anonymousreply 4807/21/2013

most guys need to stare

by Anonymousreply 4907/21/2013

Opa, gang shower style!

by Anonymousreply 5007/21/2013

This thread is useless without pictures.

by Anonymousreply 5107/21/2013

Looks like the picture is from Abu Grahib.

by Anonymousreply 5207/21/2013

The McBurney YMCA on 14th Street in NYC replaced their dilapidated but incredibly hot gang-style showers with hideous, confining partitions just this year. Without upgrading the plumbing, tiles, etc.

I understand their membership has declined since.

by Anonymousreply 5307/21/2013

You made the thread R51.

by Anonymousreply 5407/21/2013

Oh, Lord R51.

Now the Public Nudity Troll is furiously masturbating.

by Anonymousreply 5507/21/2013

I love this topic. Keep posting.

by Anonymousreply 5607/21/2013

SF Fitness in the Castro still has open showers with a dozen shower heads, although the steam room has recently been closed. I've been in there when every shower was being used and every guy was hard. Not for the shy.

by Anonymousreply 5707/21/2013

Those look really fancy

by Anonymousreply 5807/21/2013

Zie germans.

by Anonymousreply 5907/21/2013

57 they closed the steam because of the constant sex, now it is in the shower? Cialis daily will ruin SF.

by Anonymousreply 6007/21/2013

What a nasty prude!

by Anonymousreply 6107/21/2013

I went to a Catholic boys high school and we had to swim nude and shower in a gang shower. It was no big deal. I can't believe what little wimps these young guys are now, walking to the individual shower stall in their gym shorts. Get over it! Your weenie can't be that small!

by Anonymousreply 6207/21/2013

Guys are guys. Not princesses

by Anonymousreply 6307/21/2013

Back in the early '90s I belonged to a gym in suburban Philadelphia that had separate wet areas for men and women, including pools, and everyone in the men's area swam nude. There was even a nude sun deck. The crowd was mixed, and the straight guys made as much use of the pool and sun deck as the gay guys. It was one of the friendliest gyms I ever went to.

by Anonymousreply 6407/21/2013

Long gone

by Anonymousreply 6507/21/2013

They have them in boot camp for everyone, through all training for the guys, and at Camp Wilson in 29 Palms.

by Anonymousreply 6607/21/2013

I do it

by Anonymousreply 6707/21/2013

Saw the plans for a new branch of an old chain coming in NY. This SC has on the blue print gang showers because they think it will (help to eliminate the sexual atmosphere that pervades so many of our clubs).

I wonder if they will go through with it...steam and sauna in each locker but men and women will share the whirlpool.

by Anonymousreply 6809/23/2013

I was in Minnesota for a couple of weeks, I used the 3 day guest passes at several gyms. ALL gang showers. Only one had open jerking off, but all had a lot of looking.

by Anonymousreply 6912/06/2013

It gives me the sads that so many urinals now have dividers.

I miss sitting in the first stall adjacent to a long line of urinals, where someone inevitably had drilled a hole in the wall, and spending a few minutes watching hot guys come in and haul their cocks out. Yum.

by Anonymousreply 7012/06/2013

Sad? Really?

The dividers are not so much to prevent looking as they are to prevent wanking.

by Anonymousreply 7112/06/2013

I just got back from Beijing and Shanghai, China. Sadly, there were urinal dividers almost everywhere I went.

by Anonymousreply 7212/06/2013

Since we now have a women's gang shower thread, I thought I would bump the men. Plus anything to get fucking Beyonce off the front page.

by Anonymousreply 7312/23/2013

68, which chain? And where?

by Anonymousreply 7401/07/2014

I was just a guest of my sister's YMCA for a week in Downers Grove, Illinois. They had gang-style showers there, very old-fashioned; fathers with their seven-year-old sons would wander through the showers on the way to the locker room, guys just lathering up in line and showered together

by Anonymousreply 7501/07/2014

Even though I'm in the best shape of my life, I guess I've still got too many hang ups with my body to public shower like that. I love the idea of it, but never have. I'm also more of a "grower" so there's that. I know I should just say FUCK IT but I can't quite yet.

by Anonymousreply 7601/07/2014

[quote]The fact that Americans think these are "gang" showers shows how fucked up you guys are... wow...It's just a shower.

The term "gang" shower refers to a large open room with multiple shower heads for multiple people to shower at the same time in an open area. It has nothing to do with gangs of hoodlums or predators or whatever perverted thoughts you had going in your mind. Gang showers are the opposite of stall showers for one person.

by Anonymousreply 7701/07/2014

[quote]I guess I've still got too many hang ups with my body to public shower like that.

ugh, honey, please get help. it's just a shower, not a marriage.

by Anonymousreply 7801/07/2014

Too many homosexuals were grabbing at boys and now with cellphones, I can only imagine.

And I know about these things

by Anonymousreply 7901/02/2017

I haven't seen one of these since Jr High

by Anonymousreply 8001/02/2017

They used to be called "common showers"

I heard this when I attended the high school open house a year before I was to attend. And ever since hearing it, the word "common" made me pop a stiff.

by Anonymousreply 8101/02/2017

[quote]fathers with their seven-year-old sons would wander through...

This is DISGRACEFUL. Exposing a young child, even a male one, to a roomful of adult male penises is child abuse, bordering on molestation and rape. What could a poor innocent child make of this? Nude adult male bodies, many dripping wet, fully exposed for him to see everywhere... including his own father's!

Gang showers? The name was clearly chosen because of it's inevitable conclusion: GANG RAPE!

Have yo no decency?

by Anonymousreply 8201/02/2017
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