Friday, February 19, 2010

It's time we confronted our ambivalence over nudity

snip from article

Nudism (also more benignly known as naturism) traces its origins to 1800s in Germany, when being naked under a summer sun was prescribed as a cure-all for illnesses largely caused by an early industrial age. According to disciples, modern nudist resorts work because there are rules and a basic code of conduct. As there must be when they cater mainly to families and couples who simply want to be able to walk (or skip, frolic or whatever the heck nudists do all day) unencumbered in a supportive environment.

Could it be that our undying fascination with public nudity reveals less about people who take off their clothes as a lifestyle choice and more about those of us who don't? Certainly, more than we care to admit.

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