Nudity, Sex, and “Empowerment”

The inspiration for this post: A picture from the Facebook page “Women’s Rights News”:

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The definition of “Empower”:

To give power to (someone).

Is nudity empowering?

Is sex empowering?

The answer to both of these questions: It depends.

Depends on what? Context and intent.

On a side note:

On this blog since November 2015, I’ve been talking about the subject of nudism. I myself am not a nudist. The reason I talk about it is to shine a light on it. To say “It must be acknowledged that people live this lifestyle. To not acknowledge this is to sweep such people under the rug — act as though such people don’t exist.” As a Catholic, I believe I have a duty to try and spread Jesus’ love and empathy however I can. As a result, I don’t like seeing people be ignored, it seems, just because of how they choose to live their life. If a person isn’t harming themselves, or others, as a result of how they live their life, than I don’t see how I can say anything to that person except “Carry on.”

As a result of reaching out to nudists, I have learned nudism is not about sex: Nudism isn’t about getting naked in order to experience sexual pleasure at the expense of yourself (for example: masturbating) and/or at the expense of others (for example: rape).

From what people have told me, nudism is about returning to an “Edenic” lifestyle: Being “naked without shame” like Adam and Eve were in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 2:25), before they ate the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. (Genesis 3:7)

Why the tangent about nudism?

It was through talking with nudists on this blog that I was first made aware of the notion “Being naked can be empowering.” I was reminded of that notion by the picture I posted above.

(Not every single person, I’m sure, who finds going naked empowering would consider themselves a nudist. One reason why would be that a person doesn’t want to feel like they’re being slotted into a group: “You like ___? Therefore, you’re a ___.”)

To get back on track:

“People are born naked. Naked is a person’s natural state of being.” I’ve heard words to that effect.

No one would argue that sex is “natural,” too. Without sex, the human race couldn’t reproduce, and would eventually go extinct.

Nudity and sex are inherently good. (Genesis 1:31) And thus are, in their own ways, empowering.

But. I don’t believe that “Anything goes.” What I mean is this: Nudity and sex should only be experienced in contexts that make it clear “There is no selfish or malicious intent here.”

It’s understandable why nudity would be synonymous with sex: A person has to be naked (or, unclothed from the waist down) in order to have sex. But. Just as a person is more than their body, the body itself is more than the pleasure that it can give a person.

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It is that truth that is why I think some people see being naked as empowering. The person who is naked has removed the physical barrier (clothes) between what people see about them and think about them. The person who is naked is implicitly saying “This is me. See me — all of me — and love me — all of me — for who I am.”

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That’s one of the reasons why sex is such an intimate act: A man and a woman are not only both naked (are not only showing all of themselves to each other), but are giving all of themselves to each other (are, in the words of the Bible, becoming “one flesh” — Genesis 2:24).

For further reading:

Where No One Goes

My Thoughts on Nudism

The Female Body In Art

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13 thoughts on “Nudity, Sex, and “Empowerment”

  1. I like that! She isn’t just someone’s________, she is someone, someone with her own identity and person-hood, and the core of her person-hood and identity is that she is someone who is created in the image and likeness of God.

    That is one of the core-tenets of nudism. Once we strip-away the trappings of social-status and position, we are all alike. We accept, and are accepted for WHO we are, not “what” we are. A ditch-digger and a doctor are alike under their clothes, as are a nurse and a nanny. Whether they drive a beater or a Bentley or live in a tent or a mansion doesn’t matter once a person sheds their clothes.

    Thank you for a great article!

    Blessings!

    Steve

    1. Thank you!

      I’m glad you liked my article.

      I’m glad to hear that one of the core tenets of nudism is seeing people as the human beings they are, no matter what.

      Thank you for the work you do teaching naturists about God’s love. That’s the kind of work that I am trying to do with my articles: Telling naturists “God loves you. He created your body and said it was ‘very good.’ And He wants you to love and respect yourself and others.

      God bless you, and God bless the work you do for others.

  2. So glad you could make the jump beyond “any nudity not involving your spouse behind locked doors is sinful.” Nudity was intended to be our natural state. There is nothing inherently sinful about simple nudity. God had intended to give us a perfect environment to live in and experience but we put an end to that. The only reason we even need clothes is to deal with heat, cold, thorns, and so forth. We’ve turned nudity into something it was never intended to be.

    1. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the subject of nudity.

      And I’m glad you liked my post.

      What I’m trying to do is find out why people enjoy going naked, and how going naked can positively effect their lives and the lives of the people they come into contact with.

      When a person is positively effecting others, and themselves, by the life they live, than I think God can work in that person’s life, steering them to wherever He wants them to be.

  3. Naturism is a way of living unclothed, when climate and society allow. It can so easily be misunderstood as a ‘come on’ by those who have not experienced it. Only when you have tried naturism can you come to experience what is often the biggest liberator of our psyches from fears and insecureties and the unhealthy sexualisation of the human body.
    We have met a few people who were liberated from past sexual exploitation and even rape, by becoming naturists, and allowing the healing process to take hold in their minds. No longer is their body dirty,shamed,and repulsive to them; no longer are their minds tortured by sexualised guilt.
    One wonderful example of this is a Christian lady we met this spring who is coming into a peace that has elided her since her childhood.
    It may well be that the fact that God made and approves of our bodies releases us from the false societal values that equate nakedness with sex, frees us from the pitfalls of pornography and the perceived guilt and shame associated with poor body image. There is good news in the fact that what God has made good, is good, our bodies are good and beautiful, yet the best news is our acceptance by Him because of a personal relationship we can have with Jesus. The curse of mankind caused by the fall is wiped out at the Cross of Calvary. The Cross can set us free from so much that entangles us and renew our understanding of our place in God’s World, naked and unashamed, able to enjoy nature in a fresh and exciting way as He intended.
    Naturism can indeed liberate us from so much of today’s false customs and attitudes, and bring us closer to our maker but only a christian naturist can fully experience the joy of knowing peace with God and the peace of God.
    For further information and insight please visit http://www.christiannaturistflorida.com

    1. Thank you for commenting and sharing your experience with naturism.

      I’m glad that naturism has provided healing for people, and has positively effected their lives in other ways.

      I believe God is using naturism to show people that they are more than their body, and that their body is “very good.” (Genesis 1:31) I believe that God is using naturism to help people like that Christian lady you mentioned.

      Until we die and go to Heaven, we will never live exactly like Adam and Eve lived in the Garden of Eden before the Fall, but I believe that naturism — experiencing the joy and freedom that comes with being naked — is a preview of the joy and freedom that God wants to give everyone who loves and Him and tries to do His will.

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