Facebook Twitter Email. CNN — When I was a kid, my father always used to sunbathe nude in our garden at weekends. In public pools, children of all ages were allowed to run around naked all the time. Even now I'm comfortable with getting naked in the sauna or gym changing room. Maybe it's because I'm German. Nudism is traditionally popular in Germany, a country considered buttoned up and conservative compared with, let's say, Italy. When you travel there, you'll see that baring all is normal in saunas, swimming pools, the park and on the beach.
My partner, who was born and raised in Germany, explained to me in his patient and slightly condescending European manner that I had a lot of bunk in my head about the reality of these saunas, or spas as they are more broadly referred to. Because I had, to this point, held a certain discomfort about him attending these spas on his various trips home without me. There is nothing sexual about it. You Canadians are so uptight about the body. Now, I am not sure which Canadians he refers to because this Canadian is pretty relaxed about her body.
The sun was rising over Big Cabin, Okla. Where does that come from? It comes from growing up feeling like an outsider and from training yourself, always, to fit in.