18 September 2007

Religion and Nudity

From the day we are born, we are naked. And on that first day we are covered up. Mainly we are covered up for protection from the elements and to keep things sanitary. But past that, what is the main reason we wear clothing? Why do most religious groups get so uptight about nudity?

I believe that being nude is a perfectly natural thing and that people, especially Americans are uptight about it. What is wrong with seeing someone nude when it is not tied to a sexual scene? Set aside the fact that it might be someone you wouldn't want to see naked, but overall, there is nothing wrong about being nude.

Now, I don't walk around my house naked, mainly because I feel like a reptile most of the time. I really think I'm cold blooded. My wife on the other hand will walk naked around the house a lot of the time, or at the very least topless or bottomless. No one in our household thinks anything weird of it because we are used to it. If people were raised around nudity, then we wouldn't have so many people uptight about it.

The truth is, is that too many people tie being nude to sex. This is what creates the problem. I have never raised my children this way and when they see topless woman on the beach or in a movie, I never hear them snicker, point or stare. Whereas I have seen plenty of other children do this as they were not raised around nudity...to them it is funny, taboo and naughty.

As a libertarian, I feel that the government should back off and allow its citizens to live freely and without regard to what I should wear or not wear. But maybe it's getting better...did you know in New York City it is legal for a woman to be topless?

Here's hoping that we can all learn as a country that nudity is natural, and normal. But something tells me it won't be that easy...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I know this is an archive and as such, my response will probably never been seen, but I have a brief response to your blog, "Religion and Nudity".
I agree that the human body is a natural and beautiful thing and that we should not be so uptight about having it on display. However, Eastern Christian teaching (Original teaching) is that all humans are not only made in the image of God, but exist in a state of grace by way of the sacrifice of Christ. Though the body is natural and beautiful, if it is objectified, or displayed for prurient purposes, then you are essentially exploiting the sacred image of God for the most base of purposes. The question is how to balance the two interests. To allow the freedom and appreciation of a natural beautiful creation of God without subjecting it to less than wholesome exposure.