It's interesting how differently people feel about
these issues..... I don't have trouble being naked in front of strangers (well, in a locker room; I wouldn't walk down the street that way
), so that's not part of the mix for me. I don't run around flaunting or anything, but a towel around the waist and one around the shoulders when I'm walking from the shower to my locker, and then I take them off to get dressed, and it's just no big deal at all to me.... don't stare at others, but don't avert my eyes either if we're saying hi etc.
I don't think I would have freaked out seeing an ostomy bag, but then a part of me thinks, so what if people freak out the first time .... this is how they get educated, and new things are sometimes uncomfortable.... I mean, think about
things like people who have big scars on their faces or facial tics or other things that make people freak out that aren't so easily hidden...... if everyone hides having a bag etc, then no one ever sees it, so they can't get used to it, and don't know about
it, and that makes life harder for all of us. Ostomy bags are part of the world, and I'm not sure that the general public has the right to absolute ignorance about
them and that we have the obligation to protect this right....
Now I think a clear bag would be a different story, as showing people your actual poop is just gross..... but I really don't think the opaque ostomy bag looks like much of a big deal..... it's just this bag taped to my belly.... for me the issue would more be that I don't necessarily want to be in a public teacher sort of role every time I go to the gym.... but then I'm not sure how much people would actually ask or notice.
I tend to be
open and err on the side of talking, showing, etc..... understand that others are different and appreciate your input.