is this thread a windup? I thought everyone showered every day (in the evenings for me - going to bed dirty seems to defeat the purpose of having clean bedding).I guess I can add this to another list of differences between Europe and Australia
When I was about 13, my stepmother denied me access to the shower, claiming I didn't need one every day. I was outraged and indignant--in my young mind, I needed one for a couple of reasons: to wash my hair, to look fresh, and because god knows only nasty people leave the house without bathing. But I was a teenager, and most teenagers can be forgiven for being a bit insecure and self-conscious this way.
Not until I was about 25 did I realize she was right--one really doesn't need to bathe every single day (although, as I work with the public in a fancy place, I cannot chance going without), and FFS, those of you who shower for half an hour at a time or twice in a single day without actually needing it but just to feel "fresh", shame on you for being wasteful and vain.
BO is offensive to us Western humans because we aren't used to it, not because it is necessarily unhealthy.
There's a thread on that somewhere on the forum. I think people came to the conclusion that as well as saving water by not bathing as often, some (not all) Germans tend to wear the same clothing for many days in a row.
I had a student in my class who wore the same Pantera shirt for about eight days in a row. I was also surprised when one of the fashion student girls came in wearing the same blouse twice in a row, and I'd expected Mr. Pantera to come back after the weekend with something new, but there he was on Monday morning, prepared to battle out the week in the same fucking t-shirt. The day he changed was also the day he shaved and probably the day he showered. Ew.
My husband will wear the same thing a few days in a row, which doesn't particularly bother me because I'm his wife and I love him regardless, but I wonder why he isn't concerned that his friends and workmates will think he is a slob? Can it really be that common here?