It’s what we do with our naked bodies that kept us gays down for so long… head downtown to celebrate gay rights and gay sex — and to protest those who hate us gays and the ways we seek pleasure. ~ Danny Glenwright, in an article called “Let’s get naked this Pride” (from: Defending Nudity At Toronto’s Parade)
The problems I with the nudity at Gay Pride Parades are:
A person is naked in front of people who aren’t.
To be naked is to be in an intimate and vulnerable state of being. When a person is naked, all that they physically are is exposed for all to see. As a result, I believe that nudity should only take place between spouses, or between family or close friends. The reason why is because a spouse, family, or close friend are people you can trust: People you know have your best interests at heart — people who see you as a human being.
When you are naked with 1) people you don’t know, and 2) people who aren’t naked too, there is a risk that such people won’t see you as the human being you are, but will see you as a means to attain an orgasm. There is a risk that such people will take advantage of you, in one way or another.
My point is:
The intimacy of nudity requires an intimate environment.
The nudity is there for no other reason than shock value.
If Danny Glenwright’s words are anything to go by, the nudity at Pride Parades is there for shock value: There to implicitly say “I’m going to do what I want, with whomever I want, how I want.”
And to that, I say “No.”
Why do I say that?
I believe that a person who is naked can be more modest than a person who is clothed. I believe that though clothes play an important role when it comes to modesty — Clothes draw attention away from certain body parts: For example: You can’t stare at a woman’s breasts if you can’t see them — clothes are not the be-all and end-all: The environment a person is in, and their reason(s) for not wearing clothes, needs to be taken into account, too.
Such a view of modesty is a result of my Catholic faith:
Nakedness as such is not to be equated with physical shamelessness. Immodesty is present only when nakedness plays a negative role with regard to the value of the person, when its aim is to arouse concupiscence [i.e., lust], as a result of which the person is put in the position of an object for enjoyment. (Karol Wojtyla — the man who would become Pope John Paul II — in his book Love and Responsibility, page 189 — 192)
The forms taken by modesty vary from one culture to another. Everywhere, however, modesty exists as an intuition of the spiritual dignity proper to man. It is born with the awakening consciousness of being a subject. Teaching modesty to children and adolescents means awakening in them respect for the human person. (The Catechism of the Catholic Church: 2524)
My point is:
The nudity at Gay Pride Parades is not modest: People are going naked at Gay Pride Parades in order to shock others into accepting the way they choose to live their life.
Nudity is equated with sexual pleasure.
If Danny Glenwright’s words are anything to go by, Gay Pride Parades only celebrate the sexual aspect of the human body: The people taking part in such parades only see the naked human body as a means to experience sexual pleasure.
God saw all he had made, and it was very good. (Genesis 1:31)
…the man and his wife were both naked… (Genesis 2:25)
Why did I post those Bible verses?
Because they illustrate the fact that being naked is pleasurable.
For example: It’s nice to feel the wind and the sun on all parts of your body, it’s nice to not feel not weighed down or constricted by clothes, and it’s nice to think that, when you are naked, all that you physically are is laid bare: There are no more lies, more secrets, no more deceit — just you, as you naturally are.
What do those pleasurable feelings have in common? None of them have anything to do sexual pleasure.
Feeling the sun and wind on your skin, feeling liberated from clothes, feeling free to be the person that you naturally are — all of those feelings are only sexual if you make them be.
My point is:
Gay Pride Parades equate nudity with sex. Though you can’t have one without the other — though you need to be unclothed to some extent to have sex — there is so much more to being naked than the sexual pleasure that such a state of being can provide.
That is why I have a problem with the nudity at Gay Pride Parades.