• Advertise Here

Nudity in the Movies and the First Nude Scene

| January 11, 2013 | 5 Comments

A Rundown Of Nudity in the Movies Throughout History

The First Ever Nude Scene In Film History and Nudity In The Movies:

Nudity in the Movies – The first motion picture ever made in 1878 was Eadweard Muybridge’s infamous galloping horse. Ever since then, rumors are that the second film Muybridge made was of a nude woman and a Shetland pony. What is known is that he did film completely naked men and women walking down staircases and turning in a circle from 1884 – 1887.

Nudity in the Movies By Female Actresses

Full frontal nude scenes by female actresses were considered acceptable in cinema as early as “Inspiration” (1915.) The nudity passed censors because all of the nude women that were posing for artists. But if that nude woman began engaging in sexual acts, then the film was banned or became “men-only” films where mostly clad men had their way with almost completely naked young women.

Naked women, especially filmed from the navel up, are expected in films these days. In 2009, British celebrity actress Kate Winslet won the Oscar for Best Actress in “The Reader” (2008), a film where she spends considerable portion of time completely naked. For the most part, all nude women shown in movies were young and beautiful. If a certain part was not considered attractive enough, it could be played by a body double. Arguably, the most famous is Shelley Michelle, who doubled for Julia Roberts in “Pretty Woman” (1990.)

Nudity In The Movies and Audrey Munson's The Very First Nude Scene in Film History

Nudity In The Movies: The Very First Nude Scene in Film History

Nudity in the Movies by Male Actors

Small children under the age of six, male or female, were allowed to be in mainstream movies as early as “Tarzan of the Apes” movies serial of 1918. Even during the ultra-conservative Reagan years in America, the hit film “Superman” (1979) featured a brief scene of a young boy in full frontal nudity. Nude children were acceptable, even males, because of their perceived innocence.

But full frontal nudity for adult male actors still makes even the most liberal moviegoer uncomfortable. If the man was not facing the camera, then that is easier to slip by the censors than if the actor were facing the camera in all his naked glory. The first time a movie was not condemned for full frontal male nudity was “The Crying Game” (1992) where a brief nude scene was central to the plot. But under no circumstances is an aroused naked man allowed to be filmed in mainstream media. This is still taboo and probably will be for many years to come.

There seems to be something about a penis that makes people uncomfortable. I am not too sure why this is the case, perhaps people could comment and share their thoughts.

Why is society so accepting of female nudity but not of male nudity?

Blogs and Posts About Nudity in the Movies and the very First Nude Scene in Film History was published By Young Naturists & Young Nudists America YNA

Tags: , ,

Category: Nudism and Naturism, Social Nudity

About the Author ()

Jordan Blum is a lifelong nudie and co-founder of Young Naturists America.
5 comments
myrick
myrick

Many women are proud of their nakedness, because it excites men. Being naked is also a way of defying their body insecurities. When a woman is naked, nothing betrays her excitement if any. Her genitalia are clothed by her pubic hair. Even women with shaved pubic hair often reveal little if they keep their legs together, as many women have a vulva that primarily faces the ground.


Many women are not all thrilled by naked men. Many who are, hide the fact to preserve their strategic advantage over men. When a woman is excited by a naked man, nothing about her body gives the fact away. The main articulated demand for naked men is by gay men. Men cannot conceal their genitalia. Many men are small when limp, which gives rise to silly insecurities. Many younger men fear that they will experience uncontrolled erections while naked in mixed company. Erection is the most blatantly sexual fact about human beings. It is the triumphal proclamation of undisguised raw desire. The ability to become erect unsettles women, but also makes them envious. Many women are not aware that they experience clitoral erection when they are aroused.


Our civilisation is marching to the acceptance of adult female nudity, simply because women are tired of being dictated to by male perving and immaturity. Women over 30 being naked when there are no boys of high school and college age to witness it, will become commonplace within 50 years. The law cannot "force" women to be more prudish than they wish to be.

j238
j238

The first time a movie was not condemned for full frontal male nudity was “The Crying Game” (1992) where a brief nude scene was central to the plot." Really? Last Picture Show, 1971"1900" 1976 Equus, 1977 American Gigolo, 1980 I'm sure I missed some.

j238
j238

>>The first time a movie was not condemned for full frontal male nudity was “The Crying Game” (1992) where a brief nude scene was central to the plot.

j238
j238

>>The first time a movie was not condemned for full frontal male nudity was “The Crying Game” (1992) where a brief nude scene was central to the plot.

SuzyQ2
SuzyQ2

@j238 Don't forget "Women in Love" from way back in '69, in which Alan Bates and Oliver Reed went the full monty.  Far from condemnation, it won several awards--including Best Actress for Glenda Jackson who also bared all..