Friday, July 01, 2005
Nudity and the American Way
A reason often given is the need to protect children from the sight of adult nudity. Why do children need to be protected from nudity? I think the percieved progression is that nude adults are only moments away from sexual activity. Or that nudity creates uncontrolable urges for sex, particularly in men. Again, I think much of this springs from often associating nudity with porn.
I've spent a fair amount of time in clothing optional environments in my life. I've found that the titillation and novelty factors drop off rather quickly. A by-product of being exposed to actual nude bodies of a variety of people (as opposed to carefully selected models) is a deeper understanding and acceptance of the variations of the human body.
I doubt I'm going to convince anyone to become a nudist. But I would like to see if I can get people to question our cultural shame-based aversion to our own bodies. Nudity isn't the problem. The problem is our attitudes about nudity. When the nude body is criminalized, only criminals will have bodies. Or something.