Going Nude – One Way To End Rape Culture?

Nudity: The state or fact of being naked.

“…the more we treat going in the nude as something scandalous and extreme, the more we contribute to rape culture.”
~TheOriginalPhoenix

That comment by “TheOriginalPhoenix” was on my previous post My Problem With Katy Perry’s Nude PSA.

It made me think:

Is normalizing nudity — making nudity no longer be something considered scandalous or extreme — a way to end rape culture?

My thoughts on that question:

I don’t want the act of going nude to be seen as something scandalous or extreme.

It should be the reason(s) a person goes nude that is considered scandalous or extreme. For example: I don’t like it when the reason a person goes nude is because of the shock they know they’ll cause. (For an example of this: Kim Kardashian’s “internet-breaking” nude photos.)

On the one hand:

Nudity needs to be seen as something natural and beautiful, because that is what it is. (Genesis 1:31, Genesis 2:25)

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One way that happens is by creating an environment where a person has the freedom to, and feels safe enough to, go nude.

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On the other hand:

People, it seems, tend to go nude not in order to say “My body is natural and beautiful, and I am more than my body” but to say “Hey! I’m naked!” i.e., People go naked for the shock value of it.

And an unfortunate reality of the imperfect world we live in is:

It will never be completely safe or harmless to go nude.

There will always be a risk of, for example: 1) Someone taking secret pictures or videos of you while you are going nude, 2) Someone becoming addicted to porn because of the pleasure the sight of your naked body gave them, pleasure that they feel the need to experience more of, 3) Being attacked, raped, and/or murdered because you are nude, 4) A man making an obscene comment when he sees that you are nude.*

So:

While going nude can help a woman to be seen as more than her pleasure-inducing body-parts — by going a nude, a woman can (implicitly or explicitly) say “Now that you see ___, look at ___. Look beyond my naked body and see the person underneath.” — normalizing nudity is just one step to ending rape culture, not the be-all-end-all solution.

What are your thoughts on the question:

Is normalizing nudity — making nudity no longer be something considered scandalous or extreme — a way to end rape culture?

*That being said: How a person reacts to nudity is their responsibility — not the responsibility of the person who is naked. In the end the only thoughts, words, and deeds a person is responsible for is their own, since a person can only control what they themselves think, do, and say.

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5 thoughts on “Going Nude – One Way To End Rape Culture?

  1. I agree with you that going nude will likely never be safe, we don’t live in a perfect world. I’m don’t believe that normalizing going nude is all it’s going to take to end rape culture. Boys also need to be socialized differently, as they’re growing up, that girls aren’t just objects of desire. They’re people just like them. Some men already have this point of view and that’s great but not all do. That’s another important step to take.

  2. I don’t believe we have a problem with ‘rape culture’ in the Western World. The problem is people, not a so-called ‘rape culture’. Naturism is not a cure-all for the ills of society. Rape in and of itself is a problem of personal nature, i.e. the person who commits the crime of rape has the problem, not the person who has been raped.

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