Wood crackles as it burns in the small furnace opposite me, small rivers of sweat run down my brow, pooling in my eyes causing them to blink. The soaring temperature begins to make me feel woozy and the smell of the fire permeates my nostrils. Almost in chorus, the eight or so men in the room exhale deeply as they too battle with the heat. I'm in a sauna perched atop a wooden pier in the middle of the sea. But aside from its postcard-perfect situation, there's something else that's unusual about this particular hot box.
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Sexually open-minded Swedes
And the health benefits of the Swedish sauna are much talked about. But for foreign visitors, who might not be used to baring all in front of other people, the whole thing can feel a little… awkward. So: is it okay to wear swimming gear in a traditional Swedish sauna?
Is that true? One of the many reasons why Sweden is associated with a liberal sexual attitude might be the Swedish movies from the 50s and 60s. In some of those, bare female breasts were shown. In those days it was unthinkable in many other countries. When else do they get the opportunity to get their cloths off outside without freezing? The goal was to teach pupils in early ages how to protect from unwanted pregnancy. This should not be interpreted as sexual prudery but rather, the sexualized display of the female body to solely please male desires, is seen as sexist and anti-feminist by a big part of Swedish society. If you watch Swedish men and women in a night club.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches that all sexual relationships outside of marriage defined as the legal union between a man and a woman are sinful. Forget what anyone else says or expects of you. My wife chose me, but most people aren't so lucky. I've been married over 4 years to a 1st year GI fellow. Their job is HARD.