What does nudity do to a person?

The reason for this post is to ask a question.

First, some background:

I thought of the question I will ask after I read this: New Research on Porn Induced Erectile Disfunction


There are tribes of people all over the world (for example: in the Amazon Rainforest) who, for one reason or another, wear little or no clothing. People have been living like this — living in a state of semi- or total nudity — for thousands of years. So, obviously, constant exposure to nudity hasn’t destroyed the males’ ability to reproduce.

My question is:

How can a man living in, say, a tribe in the Amazon Rainforest be exposed to nudity their entire life and, seemingly, not have it effect them, but the moment a man living in the “developed world” sees a scantily clad or naked woman, he can kiss reproduction goodbye?


To give my thoughts on this question:

I don’t know the intricacies of tribal life. At all. Plus, there’s more than one tribe in the Amazon Rainforest — different ways of life need to be taken into account.

The reason I say this is to let you know: My ignorance of this subject will effect what I think about it.

I think it’s because, growing up around nudity, people in these tribes just see nudity as natural. Seeing body parts like the penis, breasts, vagina, and butt is as common an occurrence as seeing rocks, rivers, and trees. Nudity is just a part of life for a member of the tribe.

I feel like that’s a too-simple and potentially offensive answer to the question. (I don’t know exactly why.) But, for now, it’s the answer that I, personally, have.

The more I learn, the more my answer will change.

UPDATE: January 11th: A follow-up post: An answer to my question

For further reading: Nudism, and the problem with pornography



13 thoughts on “What does nudity do to a person?

  1. There are many ways to evoke arousal, including voice, touch and body language among other ways. Our current emphasis on visual stimulation is unhealthy and unfair to everyone who does not meet “standards,” which is just about everyone. Growing accustomed to seeing nude humans in non-erotic contexts does not in the least make for dysfunction; rather, as many of us have learned, it helps to recalibrate our mental arousal mechanisms to more natural, healthy settings.

    1. For the longest time, I thought the only way to be aroused was through visual stimulation. I didn’t know there were other ways: Voice, touch, and body language.

      I agree: Current emphasis on visual stimulation is unhealthy and unfair. Not everyone looks like they just stepped off of a Victoria’s Secret runway, and a mindset of “Your body is what matters,” leads people to things like eating disorders and depression because they don’t look like the people they see in magazines.

      Thanks for commenting.

  2. I’m no psychologist but it occurs to me that we need to listen to our own mantras.
    “Nudity isn’t pornogrphy.” and “Nudisim isn’t about sex.”

    If these were not true then every time we got naked we’d end up sexually aroused. Nudity in a conventional setting such as dinner or swimming may well be sensual but it’s not sexual.

    I can hug my wife at a nude venue and not be aroused by it yet if it occurs in the privacy of our room well that can be a different kettle of fish.

    I guess it may be a context thing. Where the issue with porn comes up if it is viewed enough for sexual gratification it may well become the context in which a persons sexual trigger is activated lessening the effect of real sexual interaction.

    I’d agree with those that say visual stimulation isn’t the only one. Someone once said “a persons biggest sex organ is their brain” and I tent to agree with this. It may well be that like television porn lessons the amount of brain activity required for arousal / gratification further lessening the effect of real world sexual interaction.

    Like I said, I’m no psychologist these are just my thoughts on the matter.

    1. Peter Vernon,

      I was looking through the comments sections on my posts recently, and I started wondering.

      If you don’t mind me asking: How does being a nudist effect your relationship with your wife?

      (In your comment, you mention that you are married: “I can hug my wife at a nude venue…”)

      The reason I ask this question is to hear a new perspective — the perspective of a married couple — on the nudist lifestyle.

      The reason I write about nudism is so that people will be aware that nudism is a thing that exists, and so that nudists will gain new insights into their lifestyle. (A while back, I wrote a post about the spiritual aspect of nudism. Many people, it seems, liked what I had to say and found it thought-provoking.)

      Thank you for reading this. There is no obligation, at all, to answer this question: I’m asking it purely out of curiosity.

      Have a good day.

      God bless.

      1. Thanks for saying so, Tim.

        I gotta say, it’s really good to see you recognizing this particular lie that permeates our culture and has embedded itself so deeply within church theology and practice. If you sense that God is urging you to explore this further, please contact me directly… you have my email.

        Make sure you check out all the articles on the MyChainsAreGone site. It really is revolutionary… a perspective you’ve likely never heard before, but it’s the one that God is opening your heart to now, as evidenced by your post here.

        One of the pastors who wrote for that site also produced a printable brochure on the “Dangerous Male Myth” of “Visual Arousal”…



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