Maybe clothes do make a man… sick?
If clothes aren’t physically or emotionally healthy, why are we horrified when people don’t wear them? Show a man with a gun… it’s called action. Show a man with a dick… it’s called indecent.
There’s something wrong with the way Americans have come to accept almost every aspect of the human condition except for the most natural one. We’ve accepted guns, drugs and violence, yet refuse to accept bare breasts and genitalia.
Put a man killing and raping women in a movie and it may go on to win an Oscar. Put a naked woman on the screen, and it won’t be allowed a nomination (take “Blue is the Warmest Color” for example).
We’ve become so desensitized to everything, but the one thing that makes us human. We’ve come to accept almost every negative aspect of human nature, yet refuse to condone the most natural state a human being can be — the nude.
Ok, so, the above-linked rant is way too much fun to ignore — it simply begged to be posted. Just read it…
But, some of the content is actually quite scholarly and factual.
In particular, the linked literature summary on the impact of social nudity upon children is both really well done and serious food for thought.
(Though, I highly doubt it will do anything to quell the nearly religious fervour with which so many sectors of our society attack even the simple concept of a clothing-optional beach…)