8/16/2013

Nothing says gender equality like men and women showering together and getting dressed together, completely naked, and not caring. There are co-ed locker rooms today in the real world, but it does stir up some controversy. Co-ed locker rooms are rare in mainstream movies and TV shows, but pop up often in scifi. In scifi movies, these scenes are often used in a military or law enforcement context to show how open and progressive the future is. Let's talk about five of them. (Note: Due to the family friendly nature of this blog, sorry, we won't be featuring any of the video.)


5. Robot Jox (1990)

In this movie, giant robot fighters serve as surrogates for war in a dystopian post-apocalyptic world. But the upside is that all the "robot jox" shower together. No word on whether the robots all oiled up together.


4. Judge Dredd (1995)

In another post-apocalyptic world, police officers serve as judge and jury to a lawless population. In a city where murders are common, and people get their cars blown up for improper parking, the judges bond by getting undressed together.


3. Battlestar Galactica (2005)

When the human race is almost annihilated by the robot Cylons, the survivors have to travel in a cramped caravan of starships. The hotshot Viper pilots are mixed gender, and dress and shower together in their quarters. In this world, you're judged by what you do, not how you look.


2. Robocop

When a cop is killed, he's reanimated as a cyborg police officer. The cops find themselves threatened by the presence of this new figure of justice. But they don't mind seeing each other naked. Here, the locker room serves to show the camaraderie among the thin blue line.


1. Starship Troopers (1997)

Humanity is locked in a war with a ruthless insect race in this scifi war movie. One of the most famous scenes on this list is when the troopers cheerfully wander around a locker room and shower together, completely naked. Some trivia: Apparently, the real world intruded on this scene, because the actors and actresses refused to shoot the scene until the director and cameraman disrobed as well.

Any other co-ed locker rooms you can name? Would you use one of them?

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7 comments:

Pat Dilloway said...

I guess there was something memorable about Robot Jox then.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Considering I just saw the Rifftrax live showing of Starship Troopers the other night, that was the first one that came to my mind! And yes, it was hysterical!

DAVID WALSTON said...

I like my privacy, so I think that the future can wait.

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Dan said...

Haha... the locker room has clearly played an important role in science-fiction...strangely enough.

Kev D. said...

Two Verhoeven movies... certainly makes you think about what's on his mind... after all, he did do SHOWGIRLS.

3guys1movie said...

I seem to recall everyone hanging out in Aliens but that was not a locker room. What about Top Gun? Guys in that film spent a lot of time hanging out together in various stages of undress and while there were all the same sex there was a lot of sexual ambiguity going on.

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