thread: 2013-08-01 : A Guide to the Sauna for Shy Americans

On 2013-08-02, Duller wrote:

"We?re all human here. There?s nothing to be ashamed of. It?s fine."

Doesn't this create the uncomfortable implication that if someone doesn't go to the sauna, she/he isn't capable of overcoming that silly shame and is a worse person than everyone else who went to the sauna?

I agree that most of the awkwardness melts away once you're in the sauna. Anyone who doesn't go in, is commonly ostracized however.

A significant reason for why people go to the sauna, especially at events like Ropecon, is social pressure - the fear of being left out.

Many simpler things, such as hugging, can achieve the same feeling of connection as a sauna without leaving anyone out due to medical conditions, and without pressuring anyone into feeling awkward and vulnerable.


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