Nudism, And The Struggle To Be Seen As More Than A Body

I saw this quote from Plato and was reminded of how nudists can have a hard time making it clear to non-nudists that their reasons for going naked don’t have anything to do with sex:

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What “…lies of their culture…” do nudists see beyond?

#1: The most important aspect of a person is their body.

#2: The pleasure the body can give is the most important thing in life.

#3: Nudity is synonymous with sex.

#4: The naked body is an inherently shameful, dirty thing.

I’m not saying that people who aren’t nudists aren’t capable of recognizing that these are lies — for example: because of my Catholic faith, I believe they’re lies — just that, as someone who isn’t a nudist:

I admire the fact that nudists recognize that the body is, to quote a Bible verse, “very good.” (Genesis 1:31)

I admire the fact that nudists want people to be seen as more than their body.

I admire the fact that nudists won’t stand seeing people be objectified.

I admire the fact that nudists want the naked body to no longer be seen as inherently pornographic.

Though nudity is a factor of pornography, it is possible to portray the naked body in a non-pornographic way.

For example:

Botticelli didn’t create The Birth of Venus in order to give men an erection.

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When it comes to nudity — in art or in real life — context and intent need to be taken into account.

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I believe that God is using nudism — using peoples’ desire to go naked — to teach:

To teach people to see themselves, and others, as more than their body.

To teach people that they are defined by what they do, not by how they look.

For further reading:

Nudism, and the problem with pornography

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