Does anyone figure a naked society? The idea is suggestive. The historian Thomas Carlyle was left in philosophical delusion with his proposition that the honorable representatives of the House of Lords remain as they came into the world after he imagined them in his book Sartor Resartus undressed, unmasked and with their power diminished by the absence of clothing.
The rejection of ‘textiles’
In this way, different groups of citizens walk through our streets today. Their voices resonate as if it were a contest where the daggers are called breasts, testicles, vulvas and penises . And with this human artillery, nudists heat up the climate of street turmoil around the world. The nudist movement Femen, in Ukraine, speaks of peaceful warfare: in its case, in defense of women.
But this tacit right to show ourselves to others as we please finds its counterpoint in the rest of society (textiles, as the nudists say). And gatherings are organized about whether there is any right that assists one and the other, and about whether nudism has more of sexual perversion or innocence.
“By nature, man is a naked animal, and this is an unappealable truth,” says Ismael Rodrigo, president of ADN, one of the naturist and nudist associations in Spain. “But prejudice and moral suspicion weigh so heavily that the body is considered more sinful than clothing.”
The human nude is ancient, and a constant source of inspiration for art. The Greeks portrayed the male anatomy in all its glory. In the Middle Ages, the artist had to temper his appetite and he was not allowed more naked than that of Christ, provided he was stripped of any erotic glimpse. Already in the XV and XVI centuries, in the midst of the Renaissance, there is a return to the human being, and art becomes an expression of perfection, vigor and beauty. Proof of this, Michelangelo’s David. Since then, the nude has been linked to the religious belief system and the meanings of the human body of each culture: pleasure or pain, love or hate. And although sometimes it has been necessary to paint or sculpt figures, such as saints or martyrs to avoid censorship,
“By nature, man is a naked animal, and this is an unappealable truth but prejudice and moral suspicion weigh so heavily that the body is considered more sinful than clothing.”Ismael Rodrigo, president of ADN, one of the naturist and nudist associations in Spain.
How, then, is this rejection born? To understand it, the architect Óscar Tusquets differentiates in his book Against nudity the nude from the nudity. The second would be, for example, the queue of nudists in a self-service food. “It is the attack on eroticism from the new naturalistic trends in health and well-being,” he explains. While the nude is ruled by rules, nudity, according to Tusquets, is still rude, more aesthetic than moral.
Naturists, for their part, justify the attack they receive in shame. “A concept,” says Ismael Rodrigo, “that was born with the idea of original sin and turns the naked body into a sexual object.”
Original publication 11 December, 2012
Posted on NatCorn 3rd August 2020
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