An answer to my question

Yesterday, I said the following:

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?

(Here is the post the question comes from: What does nudity do to a person?)

I got an answer to that question that I’d like to share (edited for grammar):

It’s the nature of the images. It’s not nudity. In other Third World places it’s not even “porn” there. It’s what the brain does with it.

In other words:

To members of tribes in places like the Amazon Rainforest, the naked human body isn’t considered pornographic. And because the body isn’t considered pornographic — because tribesmen don’t have a mentality of “nudity = sex” like so many men in the developed world seem to have — there’s nothing to get excited about when a naked body is seen. To a tribesman, seeing breasts or a vagina is like seeing a river or a tree: It’s like seeing a part of nature. What matters is what a man does when he sees breasts or a vagina. Does he fantasize? Or does he acknowledge the natural beauty of a woman — like he would acknowledge the natural beauty of, say, a sunset or a river — and get on with his life?

For further reading:

Nudism, and the problem with pornography

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4 thoughts on “An answer to my question

  1. Nudity is not considered as “nudity” in these tribes. They do not see themselves as “naked”. One is a male, the other is a female. No confusion. They don’t dress up to be something else. They don’t cross dress as nothing to cross dress with. They may put on ceremonial clothing, but not to hide their nudity, but to play a part of their social beliefs. As for exposure to nudity being a cause of their reproduction ability to go away, is nothing I have ever heard of. You may not be as likely to get as sexually excited every time you see a nude body, so you have more control, but I don’t think it affects your ability to reproduce.

    1. “You may not be as likely to get as sexually excited every time you see a nude body, so you have more control, but I don’t think it affects your ability to reproduce.”

      That’s a good point. I know little about this subject, so more often than not my thoughts on it are shots in the dark, not known facts.

      That’s a good point too about how nudity is not considered “nudity” in these tribes. “They don’t seen themselves as ‘naked.’ One is a male, the other is a female. No confusion.”

      That hadn’t dawned on me.

      Thank you for commenting.

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