A Rant About the State of Nonsexual Social Nudity, Body Shame & American Society
What is the sate of Nonsexual Social Nudity in America Today?
The State of Nonsexual Social Nudity – Lately, I’ve been perusing the World Wide Web. I wanted to get a feel as to how society in general feels towards non-sexual nudity and the nudist society as a whole. While seemingly there are many advocates for non-sexual social nudity (given that it is done in a respectable manner and appropriate place), it looks like there are twice as many that condemn the idea.While surfing online, I realized that any combination of search terms that includes the word “nude” (in ANY form) will generally bring up pornography sites and news articles related to “negative nudity.” The search results also included quite a few posts by people that deal with city, state and other government officials as well as a bunch of dating sites. I started to wonder, what has created such a widespread demand for sexual nudity? Could it have been our upbringing, social standards or maybe it is part of our genetic makeup? Why is it that simple nudity seems to ALWAYS be considered indecent and inherently sexual in our society today?
Surely, I’m not the only one who has discovered this. But as I continued to research, I found that, at least here in America, we have been “brainwashed” to feel, think and promote the natural state of undress as a bad / lewd thing. Historically we did not have clothing – aside from the furs worn to protect us from the elements. Until Asia invented loom technology over six thousand years ago, we didn’t even know what clothes were. The early European settlers “taught” us that nudity was socially unacceptable here in the Americas. The fact that the Natives had lived this way for a millennia, or even longer, did not seem to make a difference. If anything, it might have done harm as they were perceived to be “primitive” people.
In all honesty, our heritage is that of nudity. The Greeks historically lived nude and embraced social nudity for centuries – using minimalist clothing as a sign of social status. They also portrayed the nude body in artistic paintings, sculptures and participated in many events (such as wrestling and mock battles) without a stitch of fabric. They were the forefathers that invented the Olympic Games – then performed them in the nude. Due to lack of evidence to the contrary, the religions of the world thousands of years ago began the repression of nudity. Sadly, it has continued to this day.
Many questions have been running through my head as of late. I keep wondering why society frowns on those who promote full body acceptance. Another question that goes hand in hand would be why we allow it to continue? Is it not our constitutional right to express ourselves the way we desire? How could nudity be considered sexual when nudists and naturist communities present clear evidence to the contrary? Are people that ashamed of their bodies that they need make up reasons to conceal them? Why are we the only few that can fathom how beneficial a nude society can be, not only health-wise but also socially and economically? Why am I not nude right now? And finally (for now), what can we do to change the societal view and by doing so, create and grow the basic and fundamental understanding and acceptance of the naked human body?
Unfortunately, it seems like we as a society, are set in “our” ways and unless something or someone moves to drastically change that way of thinking, we will only continue to make minuscule strides toward an overall acceptance of nonsexual social nudity. With the laws slowly changing in some areas for the better and in others for the worse, it seems like we might be treading water. That said, those areas where we are making progress offer us a glimmer of hope for the future of our beloved nude ways. But for those of us living in places such as Kansas City, Denver, Minneapolis as well as other areas of the Midwest, I fear we may never experience such freedoms. At least not in my lifetime, which makes me wonder if things would be different if we would sink in more time and money to promote and attract more tourism from other countries. It would be great had we had an organization that would dedicate itself to promoting not just in the USA but abroad as well. Seemingly, the areas with the most tourism, such as Croatia, also have the lesser amount of restraints placed on naturists.
While places such as Kansas City / Missouri and Kansas don’t necessarily condemn naturists or our way of life, they do have laws preventing public nudity. Thus, the impression is that some residents here do not necessarily like the idea of such. For instance, many residents are attempting to have a bronze statue called “accept or reject” created by sculptor Yu Chang in Overland Park arboretum removed. The reason they give is that it’s obscene because it depicts a woman baring her breasts and only partially clothed while taking a picture of herself (imitating the new “naked selfies” phenomena). Thankfully, a grand jury decided that the statue is not obscene and is considered art. What a closed minded society we live in!
It shames me to say that the American society which claims to be accepting of anyone and everyone is, in reality, anything but. I feel that society, as a whole, make people ashamed of themselves. As a result, “the ashamed” fight against what we as naturists attempt to overcome. Who’s to say that a woman is not attractive simply because she is larger than the malnourished woman on a billboard? Who decided that a man is not beautiful because he has body hair and a beer gut and not the toned, hairless body of the model on TV? Why is it that most people are blind to the true beauty of a person?
When American society begins to see the true beauty of a person, perhaps they will see the same things we do and accept the natural beauty that is us. Until then, I suppose we will continue to visit our respective nudist allocated areas, live in the buff behind closed doors and hope that we will someday come together as a whole and reverse the shame that has been inflicted on us so many years ago.
This Nudist Rant About The State of Nonsexual Social Nudity Was Published by – Young Naturists and Nudists America