The Conflict Between Nudism And Porn

Because I write about nudism, I sometimes skim nudist blogs in order to get an understanding of how people living the nudist lifestyle think, and what the issues facing such people are.

One issue that I’ve come across recently is the fight to have nudism not be associated with pornography.

To go into more detail:

Nudists are upset that pornographers and perverts are using nudism as an excuse to 1) Expose people to sexuality explicit material, and 2) Objectify people.

I admire the fact that nudists say:

“A person is more than their body.”
“The human body is not to be feared — it is to be understood.”
“There is nothing inherently wrong with nudity.”

As a Catholic, I believe that to be true, too:

A person is more than their body: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you…” (Jeremiah 1:5)
The human body shouldn’t be feared, but understood: Everything God created, including the human body, is “very good.” (Genesis 1:31)
There is nothing inherently wrong with being naked when the environment a person is in allows it: It was God’s original plan that we would all be naked and not ashamed. (Genesis 2:25)

The problem, though, is that pornography, it seems, is nudism taken to its inevitable conclusion.

This is what I mean:

If the naked human body is inherently good, and thus there is no justifiable reason to not go naked when climate and culture allow, than it sounds reasonable to say that there is then no justifiable reason to not view sexually explicit material (porn) since sex, like the naked human body, is inherently good. After all: No nudity = no sex, no sex = no babies, and no babies = no future for the human race.

But: There is a problem with that way of thinking, and it is:

Try as hard as they can, pornographers and perverts will never be able to reduce a man to a “walking penis” or reduce a woman to a “walking vagina” — beings whose only reason for existence is to provide sexual pleasure.

Why?

Because of the fact that the body is more than the sexual pleasure it can give a person. There is more that a person can do with their body than have sex/provide sexual pleasure.

Why?

One reason why is because the body is just one aspect of a person.

“Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” (Genesis 2:7)

The man’s body is the “dust of the ground” that the man is formed from, and the “breath of life” that is breathed into the man’s nostrils is the man’s spirit. (i.e., the man’s soul)

This view of people goes hand-in-hand with nudism (or “naturism” as it is called, too):

“Naturists know that their real beauty, their value, is inside them.”*

A person’s real beauty and real value as a human being is found in their spirit, not in their body.

That is how nudism differs from pornography:

A nudist believes that a person’s value lies in their spirit, while a pornographer believes that a person’s value lies in their body.

Thank you for reading.

For further reading:

Nudism, and the problem with pornography

Am I Obsessed With Nudity?

*Beauty and what to make of it (Note: This post contains nudity)

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