It seems that being naked is quite a complicated matter. It can give a feeling of embarrassment, desire, lust, freedom, fear, allure, peace, panic and I could go on. As a child, you feel none of this at all and feel free to run around the house, the beach, the street completely naked as long as the temperature allows. When does this feeling stop? At what age and is it different for men and women? I can’t remember the age I began feeling embarrassed by my own nudity. I come from a shy conservative family so I imagine I was quite young.
Some people will lay scorn on the mother who let her child run naked, some will feel at ease, some will say, “how cute” and some will worry about predators particularly when abuse is such a publicized item. Surely none of this shame should be attributed to a child. Clothing has been around for thousands of years although an exact date is hard to find. Why did we start wearing clothes? Surely not because we ate the Apple of knowledge?
Clothes are not evil however and I think they serve a great purpose, but at the same time, we shouldn’t be ashamed. They keep us warm, protect us from the sun, keep nasty insects away and they can form our identity and make us unique. I love that we all look different in our clothes. Surely apart from slightly different shapes and sizes, we would look pretty much the same nude? Clothing is a point of interest to talk about and is an extension of our personality which I think is a great thing.
Nudity shouldn’t mean sex! The two should be separate. Some theories say that we can’t all be nude as it would lead to a hedonistic world of humans falling into temptation and having sex with everyone. I know this wouldn’t be the case for me having never had a one night stand. Would the population increase if we were all nude? Some of the sexual excitement comes from your partner slowly revealing their body? Would this be the same if we were all nude? Would we have playboy and the page 3 photos in the newspaper? I think such magazines wouldn’t be a loss.
Hopefully, people would feel far more confident? A theorist said that being naked for longer periods each day would gradually mean that person would feel comfortable naked. Many story’s you hear are from those embarrassing stories of those being caught naked. The boy or girl that accidentally loses their costume in the swimming pool, the person who forgets to take their towel to the shower, the boy who’s pants get pulled down for fun, the social etiquette of the sauna or Jacuzzi where some nations go nude and the times accidental nudity leads to sex. As I Said before it is very complicated.
Your family’s views on nudity will have an effect on the way you feel as will your culture. The most important thing is that you feel comfortable in your own skin when alone because without this you will never feel comfort in front of others. The human body is beautiful whatever shape, colour, size, so do what you feel? Feel free in your mind and your body will follow.
Guest Post: by Lee Sinden
Bio: My name is Lee Sinden. I’m 31 and from the UK. I love writing particularly poetry and about my travels. I have opinions and interests in a wide range of topics although my passion is travel and film. I look forward to the future with my wife and hopefully children to follow. The dream to see the world in a beautiful VW Campervan. Read more…