“Nakedness without shame” and “Shameless nakedness”

According to Christopher West, a popular speaker and writer on Catholicism’s view of the body and sexuality:

To be Shameless means to know that people are looking at your naked body not with love and respect but with lust, and to not care — to make no effort to cover up.

To be Naked without shame (Genesis 2:25) means to know that people are looking at your naked body with love and respect and, thus, seeing no need to cover up.

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I believe the subjects of shame and nakedness are more complicated than Christopher West makes them out to be, though.

This is why:

If a person has good intentions for showing their body — for example: They’re doing it to protest violence against women…

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…than who is at fault when some people inevitably look lustily at that person:

The person who is naked, or the people doing the looking?

My point is:

I don’t believe it’s a sign of shamelessness to make no effort to cover up when you know that people are reacting lustily to your nudity, because you can’t control how other people act, you can only control how you act.

In the final reckoning it will not matter how we are dressed on the outside…but it makes an eternity of difference as to how we are dressed on the inside.”
~Archbishop Fulton Sheen, Life Is Worth Living

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