And your point, DJW, is...?The soapless - indeed almost waterless- showers did have a ritualistic quality. Schools in the 1970's could be odd places. Ours had a visceral horror of girls going to their formroom at lunchtime. Heaven knows what they thought we would do in there. Unless a positive monsoon was falling, we had to go outside. Guards were stationed on every door to make sure some pathetic specimen did not try and sneak in and read a book. If there was impossibly heavy rain we were allowed to mill round pointlessly in the hall, shoving each other and kicking the walls with boredom.
We were also prohibited from saying 'ok', from wearing boots, even in the snow, from bringing even the tiniest snack from home, and from eating sweets in school uniform even on the bus home. All these things were punishable.
I also tend to think that teasing by other boys in the changing rooms, in the 70s, could be easily be defused by a quick "Bugger off you poof!".
Homosexuality wasn't tolerated as much, if at all, back then and people certainly didn't want to be branded a "Homo".
Hopefully times have changed for young men now, but 30 / 40 years possibly hasn't totally removed the stigma associated with homosexuality for some people.
I've seen a lot of talk about the enforced showers happening in the 60/70s. I've no idea if it still goes on but frankly, in this age and climate I'd be surprised if it did.
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