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CynicElle
09-28-2011, 01:26 PM
Note to self: Don't open this thread while you're eating.

Rex
09-28-2011, 01:33 PM
This bring up a problem with people not bothering to shower being entering the pool.

I noticed this on the Carnival cruise I went on a few years back. People got right out of bed, threw on their swimsuits and ensconced themselves in the pools and Jacuzzis, without bothering to shower first. :scream:

I did not use those facilities.

haribobo
09-28-2011, 01:40 PM
I used to date a guy who was in the merchant marine and we would be separated for two months or more.

Well its possible to have sexy natural smells. In the right scenario its can be hot. I'm talking about when it goes too far and it just crosses way over to rank and overbearing. When you smell as though you haven't showered in days, its a problem when you are inflicting it amongst others in a confined space like the gym. If we allow ourselves to be as we were created, people would be walking around with unibrows, hairy everything, smells galore. Society has changed. Its not the stone ages anymore. Let's respect the changing times and put a fecking stick of deodorant on from time to time. Not that hard.

crystalice
09-28-2011, 01:52 PM
Oh, come on...what country?? :D

Probably the one that agreed to pay for that show. :scream:

Aceon6
09-28-2011, 02:32 PM
I know it's an unpopular view but for gods sake, we're mammals. there are genetic reasons for our smells. That's why you all react so strongly to them. May I suggest that you could have bigger thoughts about what's going on here? The big drug corporations have convinced us that their stuff smells better than our stuff and we've bought the whole package. I use it but I'm not sure why. It's a silly commercial social convention that further alienates us from the beings that we truly are. I used to date a guy who was in the merchant marine and we would be separated for two months or more. When he came home I'd meet him at the airport and bury my nose in his armpit and inhale as if I'd been suffocating. He smelled great to me, mildly tangy and so masculine. Thank heaven the feminine deodorant sprays didn't really catch on.
You're sure you want laws about this? Keep the laws off my body please.
Rant over. I know no one will agree with me.

I agree. One, some people cannot control how they smell, no matter how often they shower. Two, Americans didn't start daily bathing until the late 70s when the young baby boomers being launched into the world were told that they shouldn't smell like they did hard labor. Many in the WWII generation did everything possible to insure that their kids didn't have to work with their hands, and it was very much a status symbol to have an indoor job where one didn't get all sweaty and smelly. Three, marketing, as so well described by Aimless.

Anyone else remember the Saturday night bath?

PDilemma
09-28-2011, 02:51 PM
Well, Aimless, one of my sister-in-law's rotating BFFs (don't ask) agrees with you. She is being "natural" now and showers about every two weeks without soap, no longer shampoos her hair and does not use any personal hygiene products. She also does not use fuel, so she walks everywhere. SiL considered banning her from her business during the worst heat waves (95 degrees plus) this summer. She absolutely reeks.

I would suggest that as population density has grown and society, cleanliness has become more of a necessity. In the magical "all-natural" pre-history/ancient history times everyone loves to evoke, we didn't operate in such close proximity to one another inside with no fires to cover the smells. Our daily interactions have changed and our hygiene has changed with that. Ms. All-Natural could have reeked outside in a small ancient village without people being too close to her and she could have reeked inside and her smell would have been covered by the smells of the fire keeping everyone warm. She also would not have been working in an unventilated room full of cubicles with recycled air. Things change. Plus we invented indoor plumbing and showers for our houses.

loulou
09-28-2011, 02:57 PM
You haven't smelled nothin' until you've smelled well-used hockey gear...:scream:

True. I was unfortunate enough to experience first hand.



When I did a show overseas (a country where they are notorious for not bathing often) the dressers were constantly being told to wear deodorant. Nothing worse than coming off for a quick change panting and breathing deep and these dressers would lift their arms to take your helmet off and they smelt like ripe ass. I also got off the train one time at peak hour when there were no seats left and many people had their arms up to hang onto the overhead railing (in the same country) and turned and yelled "Don't you people shower over here?" Body odours are rancid.

I wanna know what's the country.



This bring up a problem with people not bothering to shower being entering the pool.

What about those not bothering to pee before entering the pool?
You know, never be too close to the man who measures how much pee is in the pool: it's better not to know. At least as long as you're in it.

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I had a boyfriend once, that would wear the same clothes two days in a row. It was almost a deal breaker for me. I knew something smelled (bad joke) there. Indeed, we broke up anyway.

rfisher
09-28-2011, 03:25 PM
Does this mean all adolescent boys have to be arrested?

Andora
09-28-2011, 03:27 PM
I hate smelly people, too. Like, really. And I've been known to take a quick shower before the gym if I'm afraid I'll reek. I have an awful knee-jerk assumption that smelly people are lazy or otherwise useless. But it's just one aspect of them, and I'm in the wrong for being so judgemental. And to outlaw? Reacting this badly? Seriously?

If you're not racist, why are you heistant to name the cultures/countries that are so offensive to your olfactory senses? You know, if it's just a fact.


You haven't smelled nothin' until you've smelled well-used hockey gear...:scream:

5/5 Canadians would agree. There was even abeer commercial (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Emh6JhSfe_Q) dealing with it.

Rob
09-28-2011, 03:48 PM
Sometimes it is as much about washing your gym clothes as it is about showering/deodorant. There was a guy in my ballet school who reeked to high heaven in class. My guy friends told me he used to hang up his t-shirt, tights, and jockstrap in the locker room and wear them again the next day. :scream:

nubka
09-28-2011, 04:03 PM
Probably the one that agreed to pay for that show. :scream:

Wow, a whole country paid for a show? It must have been one heck of a show! :rollin:

haribobo
09-28-2011, 04:16 PM
If you're not racist, why are you heistant to name the cultures/countries that are so offensive to your olfactory senses? You know, if it's just a fact.

Because its really not necessary, everyone knows what I'm talking about and its not the whole race, but a definite chunk. And I am not even saying they are the only ones, far from it. But a higher percentage, yes.

http://www.indianj.com/stories/bodyodor.asp
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20110824211620AA78vqF

Sorry if these views are not PC enough for you. But there it is. Deal with it. That is the world we live in, whether you choose to admit it or not. I am not running for public office, I'm posting on a skating message board.

haribobo
09-28-2011, 04:19 PM
I would suggest that as population density has grown and society, cleanliness has become more of a necessity. In the magical "all-natural" pre-history/ancient history times everyone loves to evoke, we didn't operate in such close proximity to one another inside with no fires to cover the smells. Our daily interactions have changed and our hygiene has changed with that. Ms. All-Natural could have reeked outside in a small ancient village without people being too close to her and she could have reeked inside and her smell would have been covered by the smells of the fire keeping everyone warm. She also would not have been working in an unventilated room full of cubicles with recycled air. Things change. Plus we invented indoor plumbing and showers for our houses.

Very good points! :cool:

genevieve
09-28-2011, 04:24 PM
I'm with lanierb and Aimless on this one. And I don't think Aimless was advocating for people never ever showering :rolleyes:

Yes, being next to a sweaty stinky person at the gym can be annoying, especially if your workout involves using a piece of equipment for a set amount of time and so does theirs so you're just stuck there together....but IT'S A GYM. People are supposed to get sweaty.

mon125
09-28-2011, 05:06 PM
One thing that really bothers me is dirty feet in the yoga class. If you know you are going to the yoga class, please be sure you have not stinky dirty feet. You can clean them in the bathroom before entering the class or wipe them or put some feet deodorant.

I already know the biggest offender and I wait until she places her mat so I can be as far as I can because the smell is so bad that I cannot concentrate in my breathing. I am not talking about natural stinky feet (which you cannot do much about it), but grime covered feet :eek:.