Walking in public with your nude body is embarrassing. Clothes are almost a necessity to us. It feels secured – everything is put into proper places. But public nudity is like fashion, and it seems that the trend is coming back.
For the longest time in man’s existence, he is nude. Most civilizations have history of public nudity. The ancient Greece advocate freedom from clothes. Indians have the naked holy men. A nude God is worshipped in early Egypt. Even Christians used to approve nudism as acceptance of the human body without shame. In the more recent times, Japanese, Turkish, and Scandinavian cultures plunge in nude community bathing. Until now, we co-exist with tribes like the Yanomamis who are not patrons of covering up.
And then issues like decency, health and chastity surfaced. Nudity is often only approved in art. Laws are passed that ban public nudity.
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Humans never have a standing in unison about nudity. Naked protests rally to embrace our humanity. We all entered the world nude. Yet, putting on garments is claimed to be human as it makes our behavior indistinguishable from animals. Whether nude or not, it can be justified as human.
Political philosopher Joel Feinberg discussed that while the harm of nudity is not immediate, it may “produce an unpleasant mental state such as shame, disgust, or anxiety in observers”. Not for many, apparently.
Nudity sells anything. Movies, TV shows and games all have nudity that entices watchers. Front pages of magazines bear models a shy away from revealing it all. Porn industry is in billions of dollars and seems to be unstoppable. And now, people come to live shows with nudity elements – no, not the clubs but in Broadway’s The Pied Pipers of the Lower East Side.
Some people don’t even need money to show off. How many known people have tweeted a nude photo of themselves? And what message are they sending to the followers, especially to the minors?
Europe has always been open to nudity. Their naked beaches are now allowing men and women together. Parts of the continent will show frontal nudity without censors. And now, America is slowly transitioning. Social nudity is becoming a fad – Vegas won’t be the same without naked posters.
Nudity is becoming an expression. It certainly will spoil the children’s innocent minds and give the church a headache but it made a statement that it’s here to stay.
Would you accept public nudity?