Who Cares About Your Genitals

I wrote this essay as part of a first year writing course I took this fall with Dr. Andrew Joseph Pegoda. To put this into context, I am a senior (5th year) undergraduate mathematics major taking this particular English core requirement for the third time. The original assignment was to define a mores or ritual in American culture. In freaking out I decided to write in a style that I was more familiar with. With that in mind, here is the result.

Who Cares About Your Genitals?

In 2003, Stephen Peter Gough began hiking naked through the United Kingdom “earning the nickname ‘the naked rambler’.” His more than thirty subsequent arrests resulted in “almost seven years in prison” (Gough 6 and 160). Given the potential consequences of public nudity, we can see how strongly western culture values the ritual of clothing oneself. Thus, we define socially mandated clothing (SMC) as clothing worn for the specific purpose of avoiding social punishment.

Figure 1: Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
Figure 1: Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

Claim. Socially mandated clothing exists.

Proof. Given the verifiable existence of at least one nudist resort and verifiable positive testimonies of humans having at one point participated in aforementioned nudist resort community, it follows that there exists at least one human who has at one point been more comfortable being nude than clothed in front of other humans. Also, the daily rates imply that residency at this resort is temporary (Cypress). By the principle that humans tend to have recurring desires, this human has wanted to be nude rather than clothed in public while not a resident at the resort. Finally, we may reasonably assume that this human has experienced days in which the weather was appropriate for nudity. Therefore, any clothing worn by this human on such a day when that human desired to be nude would be, by definition, socially mandated clothing.* Continued…Read full original article…

Source: The Imparsible Ramblings of a Mathematician

Original publication December 16, 2017

19th December 2017

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