Nudity in Fiction

When the body is associated with sex, that is a sign that society is in trouble.

Why?

Because the body is more than the sexual pleasure it can give a person. And when that fact is forgotten, people suffer.

Pornography, adultery, abuse, rape, sex slavery — one reason these things exist is because of a mindset of:

The most important aspect of a person is their body. And the body is only valuable because of the sexual pleasure that certain parts of it can give  a person.

A person with such a mindset can’t see the naked body as anything more than the sexual pleasure it can give them — can’t see that there is so much more to the body.

How is such a mindset fought?

One way is through positive portrayals of the body in popular culture.

As Peter J. Leithart said in The Nude in a Pornographic Age:

What is ultimately needed is…a revival of the sensibilities about persons and bodies that produce works to display the glory of human flesh.

I’m a believer in the power of stories. It is stories that saved my life.

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What the world needs is stories that say:

A person is more than their body. And the body is more than the sexual pleasure that it can give a person.

An example of such a story:

Perelandra by C.S. Lewis.

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What stories do you know of that have used nudity to say “A person is more than their body. And the body is more than the sexual satisfaction it can give a person”?

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