I head back in and face down my dangling tormentors. It is shocking yet, now, somehow unremarkable. I take my key and towel into the changing room, praying for it to be empty. Instead, standing at the desk is a woman wrapped only in a small white towel. I do not hunch or try to cover anything, or to appear thinner.
Tiana. Age: 32.
I can see the bottoms of two men, 3ft away from me, in the apparently, shockingly, mixed changing room.
Colette. Age: 28.
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A gaunt and expressionless man takes a cold shower. The Sunday Times December 3 I had expected at least the people in reception to be wearing clothes. I grab my towel and pad into the shower area, taking my place between two men.