Boys' vs. Girls' Locker Rooms: Which One is Better?

Madigan Drummond '14
Boys' vs. Girls' Locker Rooms: Which One is Better?
Locker rooms at Middlesex seem a fairly unimportant part of student life, yet they do form an integral part of the sports culture at Middlesex. Various factors determine how functional this space can be.
“It really doesn’t mean much to me besides a place where I change,” Melia White ‘14 admits. This seems to be the general consensus. Locker rooms at Middlesex seem a fairly unimportant part of student life, yet they do form an integral part of the sports culture at Middlesex. On a larger scale, they reflect—in some ways—the amount of respect students have for the campus.  Locker rooms are more or less a purely functional area, but various factors—the showers, the stalls or bathrooms, and the locker area itself—determine how functional this space can be.       

About the girls’ locker room, a senior girl said simply, “seen better, seen worse.” A junior girl noted, “the showers are fine, but the hot water comes and goes. I feel like I always miss it.” Unlike the girls’ locker room, the boys’ have no stalls in their showers, a situation that “gets pretty awkward,” Eric Dolce ‘15 laughed. The boys’ locker room has also traditionally experienced annual problems with the sudden cessation of the hot water flow, a circumstance that proves especially problematic in the winter. 

As for the stalls, “bathrooms smell sometimes,” a senior girl noted, “but there’s nothing we can do about it.” The smell is essentially inevitable given the amount of traffic in the bathrooms. Formerly excessive paper towel waste has diminished somewhat after the Sustainability Committee’s addition of These Come From Trees stickers to the school paper towel dispensers. On the boys’ side, Eric Dolce ‘15 described the bathrooms as “fine,” adding, “they’re clean.”

The locker area itself leaves the least impression. Formerly, failure to maintain cleanliness in the locker rooms was a problem, but this difficulty seems to have diminished; as a junior girl noted, “there was a problem with people leaving tape around, but it’s not so much a big deal anymore.” Melia White '14 added, “Everyone is pretty good about cleaning up after themselves this year.” Eric Dolce `15 merely said of the boys’ locker facilities: “they’re adequate.” 

Of the girls’ room, Khanh Dang ‘15 noted, “It’s hard to gauge how comfortable the people near you are when you’re changing, so it gets a little awkward.” As for social interactions, Melia White ‘14 said, “Lots of girls talk and sing…Nicki Minaj before practice. It’s pretty relaxed.” In the boys’ room, there has been some discussion of the homophobic nature of the boys’ language. However, a discussion amongst Middlesex boys on the topic has helped resolve the issue; a senior boy noted that although guys “goof off,” it’s “never hostile.”

In the end, the locker rooms are a necessary and constant part of our lives that we essentially disregard. It appears that the conditions in the boys’ and girls’ facilities are fundamentally similar; yet, perhaps if we were to take more interest in the conditions and atmosphere of the locker rooms, the quality of both the facilities themselves and the friendly tone of the locker room setting could be improved even further. 

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