Tim Banks

Naked and Unafraid
I bared it all — for this story — and I loved it

There was a time in my life when being naked was normal. My first four years were spent almost entirely in the nude, joined at the hip by my twin sister — her name is Mary Scott, although I call her Sissy. She also calls me that. Sorry for the confusion. The two of us would strip to our birthday suits every time our mom tried to put us in matching outfits. We didn’t mind the matching; it was the suffocating feeling of being clothed that we couldn’t stand.

Illustrations by Tim Banks

Growing up in rural Virginia, we played in the creek and the mud, ran through our yard chasing big dogs, sat on our porch eating popsicles, all while being naked. As we got older we wore more clothes, but we never lost sight of the freedom of being naked. We would skinny dip off of our friends’ docks, taking turns stashing each others’ clothes, collapsing in laughter in the frantic search for a cover-up under the revealing light of a full moon.

We got older and more self-conscious, struggling with body image issues, my sister especially, punishing herself for years with a restricted diet and obsessive workouts. It hurt me to see my sister struggle, and naturally, being her identical twin, I struggled to keep up, wanting our bodies to look the same forever. Our latter teenage and college years were riddled with various body issues. After a while, I didn’t like being naked anymore. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: Charleston City Paper

Original publication July 13, 2016

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