This has been mentioned on the dope before but I’ve never actually come out and asked people why. I’ve seen at the gym or at a public pool sometimes guys who will do everything possible to not have their genitals exposed at any time, up to the point of wearing the towel wrapped around their waste and then putting their underwear on underneath it, requiring a little shuffling as everything is moved around (hence the underwear towel dance, or UTD).
I really have to question why people do this. You’re in a single sex changing room with other men, we’ve seen it all before, we’re not interested in looking (well, I am, but I’m gay and therefore in a minority, and I don’t make it obvious when I catch a glance). Shouldn’t a grown adult be able to cope with the idea of someone seeing them with their clothes off? I don’t think I’ve ever experienced this in Europe (particularly not Scandinavia) when I’ve gone to visit, but here in the UK - and it would seem in the US - men feel the need to do this strange and, in my mind, somewhat juvenile routine when in a changing room.
Can anyone enlighten me?