Up until around or so, I believed—like many people still do—that nudity was sexual, offensive, erotic, or just plain bad. First, it was the magazines Playboy, Purely 18, et cetera , sex scenes in movies, and porn VHS tapes. And, when the internet came around, online pornography skyrocketed for me. Ironically, it was during my obsession with internet pornography that I finally stumbled upo Ironically, it was during my obsession with internet pornography that I finally stumbled upon my first non-sexual nude website. At first, I mistook it for just another porn site and got off to it. But, the more I kept going to this site—and similar sites with non-sexual nudity featured—the less arousing it became. Suddenly, I saw another side of nudity that I had never known before up to that time.
And their ranks are growing. Devotees say forgoing clothes is healthy and relaxing, even if they risk getting arrested for public indecency; their gatherings are mostly restricted to private properties. But generally, I found that nudists were some of the nicest people you could ever meet. MHS : It takes a little while to get used to, and then it becomes kind of normalized. There are just naked people everywhere you look. MHS : A lot of people talk about this level of body acceptance that you get. You get this really skewed idea of what a nude body looks like. So then you feel inadequate, right?
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Women too often are made to embody male power, honor and shame. Some of us experience our bodies, in particular our nudity, as objects of repression, oppression and powerlessness. Male nudity is an entirely different thing. Non-idealized female bodies used autonomously undermine a continuous narrative about body-based sex and race differences. Female public nakedness as protest or social commentary is not new and is critical, expressive and censored speech. Many of these women were topless. When newspapers, movie theaters, cable and TV news, online media and social media refuse to show female nudity as part of female-directed political protest or artistic statement they deny them equal freedom of expression. When they do this while proliferating grossly objectifying alternatives, they silence them doubly. Again, take Femen. They are thin, young, tall, topless and almost all white.
View research View latest news Sign up for updates. Many liberal democracies have legal restrictions on nudism. This article argues that when public nudity does not pose a health threat which it seldom does , such restrictions are unjust. To vindicate this claim, I start by showing that there are two weighty interests served by the freedom to be naked in public. First, it promotes individual well-being; not only can nudist activities have great recreational value, recent studies have found that exposure to non-idealised naked bodies has a positive impact on body image, and, ultimately, on life satisfaction.