1990: 6–7). The two-gender exclusiveness of the shower site betrays the high

Possible of the website as a sexual website, the gaze at nakedness as a sexual act and the
implicit eroticism that is encoded in this kind of site. The relative adjustment of the
‘heterosexual matrix’ which sees an increasing legitimation of a gender-sexuality
system where the trajectory of sexual or enticing want is allowed to extend
to either sex (so long as http://crazypublic.com ‘s an ostensible, coherent gender) destabilizes the
non-sexuality of the website. Where the sex exclusiveness can no longer be under-
stood to safeguard against the presence of want as homoerotic want, and where the
potential collapse of homosociality with homosexuality is increasingly charged,
the website becomes shaky, and nakedness and gazing upon it can no longer be
understood as alone non sexual forms of pleasurable action.
However, the uncertainty between the frame of the communal showers and
that of the sexual is usually understood by participants. Special rituals are
in place to cease the homosociality of communal nakedness sliding into homo-
sexuality. As Janene Hancock recently points out, these rituals are practised in
the kinds of ‘appropriate’ dialog:
When sportsmen gather in the locker room, before or after a game, and their dialogue turns
to girls, the semantics used are not always complimentary. They discuss problems like their

sexual conquests, their art at picking-up, taking out and ‘going all the way’ the women they meet,
Also as quite frequently-lurid details concerning their sexual exploits. . . . Locker room conversa-
tion is about making guys feel positive about themselves, solidifying their maleness and
rejecting any understanding that they may belong to the marginalised masculinity of homosexuals or
poofters. It’s a type of bond between men, reinforcing their relationship with each other
— verbally more than physically. (Hancock, 2001: 3–4)
Among guys, statements of homophobia, conversations about women and the
ways in which the gaze is performed as a non-sexual looking shield the

communal nakedness of men from signifying nakedness-as-sexual. Furthermore,
among girls there are special codes of behavior that discontinue the nakedness in
communal showers from slipping into the sexual. I’m reliably advised that
Girls in such a website will often either have a dialogue that prevents drawing
attention to the common nudity as available to the gaze of others or, if more
comfortable, remain perfectly silent. These also are unique ritualistic codes
which prevent the nakedness/gaze duality from being understood as having a
sexual element, regardless of the ways in which such nakedness/gazing might
be involved in actions of policing the physical.
So what, recently, has been occurring to the site of the communal shower as
a framework in which authorized nakedness is tied up with various legitimate
codes of gazing? Based on a 1996 Awesome York Times article, showering after
gym course by secondary school men isn’t only on the decline but has now
become a signicant rarity (Johnson, 1996). Although the author theorizes that
this decline intersects with issues of modesty and expectancies of body image and
tness, he also points to an erotic part:
… some health and physical education specialists state that many students withdraw [from
post-exercise showering] just due to the overload of sexual pictures — so many totally
toned bodies cannot help but leave average people feeling a bit inadequate. (Johnson, 1996)
The proliferation of a sexualized male physique reliant on the show of esh in
Marketing, combined with the failure of ‘compulsory heterosexuality’ and the
heterosexual matrix raises the concern that communal nakedness among lads will
be gazed upon in lusty or sexualized ways that have formerly been protected
by family nude beach of communal showers on the presumption that all
participants in the showers are heterosexual and can thereby just perform a
sexual gazing at another sex. This ‘ethnic concern’ is augmented farther as
the stereotype of gay men as non-athletic is increasingly discredited.
The legal controversy that surrounded the lming of Apt Pupil (1998) illus-
trates this recent ethnic concern over shower-space nudity increasingly coupled
with sexual or erotic forms of gazing. While depictions of naked women in lm
have been common and cannot easily be separated from a want for lusty gazing
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by a phallocentric lm industry, the portrayal of nude men in lm is by no
means recent. As early as the 1925 production of Ben-Hur, male frontal nudity
was shown on screen and, despite the prohibition on nudity through the intervention of
the Motion Picture Association of America Production Code between 1934 and
1968 (Russo, 1981: 121–2), a spate of popular lms from the 1970s onwards
depicted man nudity — Born to Win (1971), The Blue Lagoon (1980), Ace Ventura