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Nudity Is More Than Just Sexual

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The American Aversion To Nudity

So I’ve been going through training to become a CNA. It’s an advancement for me, since I’ve been doing In-Home Care for the last 10 years. However, something that I keep coming across is the avoidance of non-sexual nudity. It’s unavoidable in this line of work. It’s something that you will come across regularly. Anytime it’s a nonsexual situation, people start to cover up, to hide, to avoid nudity. I understand the need to protect an individual’s dignity, and I understand that not everyone is comfortable with nudity. However, you have to ask yourself. Why is it that when it comes to nudity that doesn’t have any sexual intent so seemingly taboo?

Nudophobia

Nudophobia, also known as Gymnophobia, is the abnormal, extreme, and persistent fear of nudity, both of being naked and of seeing others naked. Although I’m going to be slightly hyperbolic and say that this is almost an American phobia. Although this is a social anxiety disorder, I feel that this is an issue that a lot of Americans have when it comes to nonsexual nudity. Although maybe not to the clinical level that a phobia would require.

We tend to view nudity as something that only happens during sex, and that really isn’t the case at all. There are many examples of nonsexual nudity. However, it’s interesting to me that we go to such lengths to avoid nudity that isn’t related to sex. Just look at the stigma that comes from someone being a nudist. We giggle and chuckle at people visiting a nude beach. However, we are aroused by a steamy scene in a movie that shows some skin. It’s a strange dichotomy to me.

Some places in America are so against the idea of nonsexual nudity that they even make laws about it. In 1957, Arkansas passed a law to make it illegal to “advocate, demonstrate, or promote nudism.” The law applies to both public spaces and private property. That seems like an extreme length to go to keep people from being naked in a nonsexual way.

Although this article isn’t about nudism. Nudism is a prime example of how people respond to any kind of nudity that isn’t related to sex or sexuality. This giggle, they move around in their seat uncomfortably, and then they make snide remarks about it. People, Americans especially, are very uncomfortable around nonsexual nudity. If we look back to the earliest moments of the formation of America, you’ll see it’s almost baked into the American ideology.

Starting with the puritan Pilgrims, they felt that nudity was a sin. They thought just about everything was a sin. I think that it is with these foundational people that so many of our views of nudity and sex are still being informed by them. However, even with the sexual revolution of the 1960s, nonsexual nudity is still frowned upon in society.

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Source: Medium

Original publication 7 November, 2018

Posted on NatCorn 20th January 2021

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