new behaviours which could introduce more healthful and rewarding alternatives; and encourage mental
12. The nudist, literally, has nothing to hide. He or she so has less anxiety, a fact supported by
In the words of Paul Ableman: "Removing your clothes symbolizes 'taking off' culture and its own cares.
The nudist is stripped not only of garments but of the need to 'dress a part,' of type and display, of service and all
the constraints of a sophisticated etiquette. . . . Farther than this, the nudist symbolically takes off a terrific weight of
responsibility. By taking off his clothes, he takes off the pressing issues of his day. For the time being, he's no
More devoted to causes, opposed to this or that trend, in short a citizen. He becomes . . . a free being once
13. Clothes conceals the natural diversity of human body sizes and shapes. When people are never exposed to
nudity, they grow up with mistakes and unrealistic expectations about the body depending on one-sided or
misinformed sources--for instance, from marketing or mass media.
As a result, breast augmentation has long become the leading type of cosmetic surgery in the U.S. In the
1980s, American women had more than 100,000 surgeries per year to transform their breasts.14 Helen Gurley Brown,
Previous editor of Cosmopolitan, says, "I don't believe 80 percent of the girls in this nation have any idea what other
women's bosoms appear to be. They've this idealized notion of how other people's bosoms are. . . . My God, is not it
Absurd to be an emancipated woman and not really understand exactly what a woman's body resembles except your own?" 15
Paul Fussell notes, by contrast, that "a little time spent on Naturist beaches will persuade most girls that their
breasts and hips aren't, as they might think when alone, appalled by their mirrors, 'abnormal,' but fairly natural,
'abnormal' ones belonging wholly to the nonexistent creatures depicted in perfect painting and sculpture. The same
with guys: if you think nature continues to be unfair to you personally in the sexual human body sweepstakes, spend some time among the
Naturists. You are going to learn that each guy appears roughly the same--quite modest, that's, which heroic fixtures are not
Only exceptionally uncommon, they are deformities." 16
14. Garments hides and therefore creates mystery and ignorance about natural body processes, such as
pregnancy, adolescence, and aging. Children (and even adults) who grow up in a nudist environment have far less
anxiety about these natural processes than those who are never exposed to them.
Margaret Mead writes, "garments divide us from our personal bodies along with from the bodies of others. The
more society . . . muffles the human body in clothing . . . Disguise pregnancy . . . and hides breastfeeding, the
more individual and eccentric will function as the child's efforts to comprehend, to piece together a really imperfect knowledge
of the lifecycle of the two genders and an comprehension of this state of maturity of his or her body." 17
Some observations on the disposition of modesty.
15. Kids are not created with http://x-public.com/nude/nudist-peal.php
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learn to be ashamed of their very own nudity.
By way of example, an Arab girl, ran into in a state of undress, will cover her face, not her body; she
bares her breasts without humiliation, but considers the sight of the back of her head to be still more indecent than
exposure of her face. (James Laver notes that "an Arab peasant girl caught in the fields without her veil will
throw her skirt over her head, thereby exposing what, to the Western mind, is a more awkward element of her
anatomy.") In early Palestine, women were obliged to maintain their heads covered; for a lady, to be surprised
outside nubile nudists
without a head-covering was a sufficient motive for divorce. In pre -revolutionary China it was
shameful for a female to exhibit her foot, as well as in Japan, the back of her neck. In 18t