I'd say yes, within reason.
All same-sex gym teachers should be allowed in appropriate locker rooms for practical purposes.
However, it would not be acceptable if they stood there and stared at the learners showering.
Even when I was in school (and open homosexuality was taboo in SA, and the acts illegal) gym teachers would not enter the shower room, unless guys
were making a big noise or having a fight.
This never really happened.
Playing sport has a way of controlling energy.
Pedophiles existed, but from what I heard they were more active in a one-on-one situation, where they could could manipulate and win trust, but rarely
in schools themselves.
In a normal school that behavior could easily be exposed.
Maybe times have changed, and people even have to worry about secret cameras and phones nowadays.
It's sad really, because nudity was once a normal feature of masculinity, that was non-sexual.
For most of the history of swimming in the US, for example, nudity was the norm (woolen trunks clogged up pool filters).
Although I can't post the pics here, some male swimming events were held nude before gender mixed audiences.
The idea was that men never had anything to be ashamed of.
Towards the late 1960s however a new body consciousness and ideas of gender equality made boys and men increasingly uncomfortable about the issue,
although it persisted regionally for another decade.
Ironically, the hyper-sexualization of the world since the Internet has caused much anxiety and prudishness, and so did the end of male-only clubs and
spaces since feminism.
In my day male gym teachers were the toughest, most militaristic males in the school, and some of them were physically abusive (although not
I'd say their effect on me as a young gay male was damaging in certain ways, far more profoundly and lasting than showers.
edit on 23-1-2013 by
halfoldman because: (no reason given)