In 2017, why is nudity still taboo?

You may have read about that young woman who was arrested in Saudi Arabia earlier this week for walking around an ancient village in a mini-skirt. You were probably shocked and appalled. You may have also read the good news that ‘Model Khulood’ was subsequently released without charge.

You probably thought, like me, that it was a massive step forward for a country where women are still not allowed to drive a car, or go out without a full-body robe and a headscarf, or go about their business without a male guardian. So we should applaud this tentative step into… I was going to say the 21st century but much of Saudi’s sharia law is rooted in the 6th century teachings of the Prophet Muhammad, so there’s still a long way to go.

Modigliani’s ‘Reclining Nude’ (1917-18)

Khulood was dressed in a fashion that would be perfectly normal on a street in London or Paris or New York or just about anywhere outside those states with a strict interpretation of Islam. But before we start slapping ourselves on the back for our enlightened views, perhaps we should stop and think about how we’d feel if Khulood had not merely worn a miniskirt and crop-top but had gone topless. And, for example, done so not in Saudi Arabia but in London or Paris or New York. Or imagine that Khulood was a pop singer, onstage at the SuperBowl, and she – accidentally or otherwise – flashed a nipple. Read full original article…

Source: Evening Standard

23 July, 2017, 9:30 pm

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