Yay - my first mature topic!
Ahem...OK, seriously. By talking to a few people over the past days, I've come to a rather interesting realization concerning being naked in front of others.
I've met a fair share of other ABs/DLs over the years, and quite frequently, the topic of diaper changes comes up during these meetings. So there you are - you've agreed to either change the other person or put a diaper on them, or you've agreed to let them do it to you, and then there's the awkward moment where you or they have to take your/their clothes/diaper off until all their private parts are exposed.
It's not limited to ABs/DLs though. I frequently go to the sauna with friends (some AB friends, some non-AB friends), and then there's that awkward moment again where you suddenly have to get naked in front of someone you know well (FYI: Saunas in this country are generally clothing-free). I guess the same applies to PE classes in school, or your local gym when you go with your friends (although at my school, no one ever showered because we feared getting every type of fungus known to mankind in those antiquated showers!). And there can be visits to the doc that require removal of all clothing, although I haven't been to a doc in a decade, so that doesn't apply to me.
Either way, AB or not: There are times when you have to get naked in front of people who you know or know well in a dressed state - and that I find awkward. I know it shouldn't be, because we've all seen naked guys and girls many times before and there's honestly nothing on any of us that is in the slightest unusual (unless you're a hermaphrodite, maybe). It's just our education that tells us that our private parts are...private. Another result of our modern world, as a few centuries ago, or even today in other cultures, people don't seem to think nudity is that big of a deal.
Now...after all that rambling: What was my realization? Quite simple: I think being an AB contributed towards being less concerned about being naked in front of other people. I remember back in school, I really hated days when our PE teacher took us swimming at the local outside pool, because we all had to gather in one big room (boy/girls separately, obviously) and then change into our swim clothes...which you can't do without stripping naked. So I tried to somehow avoid having to go swimming with my class by coming up with excuses (too bad I wasn't a girl...the "period"-excuse would have worked well ).
However, as an AB, I seemed to be less concerned about being naked in front of others. First off, babies don't care anyway, so if you truly get into the mindset of a baby, it shouldn't matter. Plus it's a trade-off - letting others near your private parts in exchange for a diaper change, or a bath. Of course there were other factors, but now I'm wondering if I'd be as 'comfortable' (strange word here really) being naked around others if I wasn't an AB.
What are your thoughts on the matter?