If at first glance, the title of this post may raise questions, it wants to do so above all to trivialize nudity. Indeed, in our societies, nudity is sexualized to the extreme, through advertising and now social networks, starting with Instagram. Being neither an anthropologist nor a sociologist, but a simple naturist enjoying everyday social nudity, I can only wonder. We know, medically, that the shame of the body generates all kinds of psychological and physical syndromes. We know our skin needs to breathe, to be exposed to the sun. So why make nudity a taboo, a dirty and perverse state that we should hide and be ashamed of?
When it is accepted for what it is, that is, a normal, natural and comfortable state, nudity disappears and is no longer noticeable. It goes back to what it always should be. It is no longer remarkable!
Nudity and sexuality
“Come and get dressed, you’re not going to stay naked, though, that’s not good!” This is the injunction we often hear from mothers and fathers with young children at the beach. Nudity is not good! Repeat this in the form of injunctions for several years, the message then takes hold: nudity is a state to be avoided. Add to it during infancy and adolescence, a more or less pronounced zest of Photoshop perfection and Pornhub, then you have the perfect cocktail to complete the nudity-sexuality association.
For religious circles, we can substitute decorum, clothing injunctions and the taboo of sexuality to, after all, achieve the same result. In the minds of most people, nudity is taboo because it is imprinted with sexuality, which should be kept in the privacy of the bedroom. We could then conclude: the die is cast! But no, let’s go back to it.
Let’s leave our child run around naked on the beach. Let’s undress his parents too. They are naked at the beach. Back home, they stroll naked between the bathroom, the kitchen and the living room. Without being naturists, they don’t see the body as something dirty. They explain it to their child and at each phase of his or her development, spend time to explain the body, the sensations, what is private and above all let him or her discover his or her body without shame or false modesty, by explaining the limit between sexual and non-sexual feelings and behavior. This is not a figment of the imagination. Many parents do this, which allows children to grow up without body shame and without striving for top-notch perfection.
Simple nudity is nothing sexual. Just because I’m naked, my so-called private parts for all to see, doesn’t mean I’m going to jump on anything that moves to have sex. The opposite is true for a naturist. There is nothing sexual about nudity in itself. Sexual desire is decoupled from the sight of the naked body. Anti naturists take this argument to fight nudity. For them, desire can be expressed in the bedroom due to the discovery of nudity. It is the trigger for sex. They are also the same ones that explain that the true beauty is not visible, it is that of the heart. Go figure!
Source: Naturally Carolina
Original publication 3 January, 2021
Posted on NatCorn 20th January 2021
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