Nudism, and the problem with pornography

Note #1: Though it could be said that one person’s “porn” is another person’s “art,” (for example: Saint Pope John Paul II had the nude statues in the Vatican restored after critics had painted loincloths on them)  when it comes to defining what porn is, I prefer the Supreme Court’s definition: “You know it when you see it.” More on this later on in the post…

Note #2: This post is me expressing my personal opinion.

Note #3: This post contains an artistic depiction of male nudity.

Let’s talk about porn.

I consider porn to be evil.

This is why:

The problem with porn is not that it shows a naked human body. God created the human body and called it “very good.” (Genesis 1:31) And Original Sin — the imperfection we’re all born with — doesn’t make the body any less good: It just makes it hard for us to see each other as the human beings that we are.

For example: Because I’m not perfect, it will be difficult for me, at first, to see a bikini-wearing woman as the human being that she is, not as a way to satisfy desires.

Modesty4

The problem with porn is that porn reduces a person to their pleasure-inducing body parts.

Porn reduces a person to the pleasure that others can get from them.

This is dehumanizing, for this reason:

Men are more than their penis, abs, biceps, and butt.

Women are more than their breasts, butt, legs, and vagina.

On another note:

The difference between porn and nude art is this:

While both are portraying a naked human body…

…the purpose of pornography is to sexually arouse.

…the purpose of nude art is to get people to think about the beauty, mystery, and complexity of the human body.

David

Many people look at Michelangelo’s David. But they don’t do so in order to masturbate or fantasize. They do it for the same reason they’d look at art of, say, a sunset: To appreciate beauty.

Sunset

Now:

What does this have to do with nudism?

This:

People who live the nudist lifestyle are saying to the world “I am more than my body. I am a human being. See me and love me for all that I am.”

People who live the nudist lifestyle are the living antithesis of pornography.*

*The non-living antithesis of pornography being nude art.

For further reading:

Women and Bikinis

Understanding the Female Body: The Female Body in Art

Women in art and in real life: Human beings, not objects

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19 thoughts on “Nudism, and the problem with pornography

    1. Finn,

      Thank you for commenting.

      The naked human body will, to some extent, always arouse. That’s just what the body does.

      Arousal isn’t a bad thing. Arousal leads to sex, sex leads to babies, and babies are necessary for the future of the human race.

      Arousal becomes a bad thing when that’s all you see in a person: The pleasure that they can give to you: When you stop seeing a person as the human being that they are, and instead see them solely as a means to acquire pleasure.

      Going back to what I said a moment ago: The naked human body will, to some extent, always arouse.

      When it comes to determining whether something is porn or nude art, the question to ask is “Is arousal the point?”

      For example: When I first looked at art of Eve in the Garden of Eden, I felt aroused. But the reason I refused to click away from the art and never look at it again, is because I knew that arousal was not the feeling that the art of Eve was, ultimately, trying to stir up in me. The art of Eve, I think, was asking me to feel sadness — sadness that paradise is now lost, and that Eve will never again enjoy the state she was in before it was lost.

      When it comes to porn: If I’m feeling aroused, than the porn has done its job.

      For example: The movie 50 Shades of Grey. If I’m feeling aroused while watching 50 Shades of Grey, than the movie has done what it set out to do. Ultimately, the reason the movie exists is to get me aroused. That is why it is porn.

      Tim

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