How Do We Combat the Idea that Nudity is Wrong?
As I prepare for the premiere of my Podcast Naked Colors (on iTunes, Podbean, Googleplay, and Stitcher) , One thing that comes to mind as I am openly proud to be a nudist, is how can we further educate people especially super religious and conservative people that think any form of nudity is wrong and that nudity equates sex. What and how can how do this? As a person in ministry and a recording artist I am very cautious with posting nudes due to an experience I had with an ex leaking non sexual nudes of me and attempting to use that as means of destroying my character. How shall we combat the idea that if you have nudes then you're perverted?
Look at the various Christian grioups here and sites like fig leaf forum. Those claiming it is wrong on religious grounds are wrong and do not know their Bible. There is nothing wrong with nudity but just like talking or other activities what you do with it or motives can be wrong. But you cant just go straight in telling them they are wrong you have to talk about relevant verses etc and slowly get them to understand nudity itself is not wrong.
I guess they, the religious ones, are trying to hide their guilty secrets and thoughts. They only get naked for sex (not counting washing or going to the toilet) and that's what emerges in their dirty minds. It is hard to overcome such prejudices and show them that non-sexual nudity is empowering with the (vulnerable) freedom it brings.
My answer is nothing to do with religion or the Bible. The one thing that people are good at doing is hiding their weaknesses. For example if that particular person who hates nudism is a pervert or looks at a person in a sexual way would definitely feel guilty to take their clothes off, its not their fault its simply how the society has adapted. But if he/she wants to change their ways and start looking at the body not only as an instrument for sex but to look at the body as themselves who are exposed or nothing to hide or no guilt then they will know the freedom in nudity. Nudism is more like forgiving yourself and changing your mind.
Coming from very conservative christian background. I know what the thought process is. The Bible forbids lust, Jesus said, "he that looketh after a woman to lust after her has already committed adultery with her in his heart" Then you take the social opinions of more recent times that nudity equals lust programmed into people's minds from babyhood. And the christian puts lust and nudity together in one basket and throws both out as evil as if they were one and the same, inseparable.
But there's a problem with that. A big problem that isn't being addressed. And one nice website has been created to address the issue. mychainsaregone.org My suggestion for re-educating religious people on the topic is to share the articles on that website with them. I find a few people will go read them when I tell them to. But most won't. Printing them in a booklet and handing it out would help to get people to read.
It addresses the pornography and sexual lust issue from the perspective that as a whole society we've taken on a very wrong view of our own bodies. A pornographic view. If we mentally switch our view and start looking at our naked selves and others as the beautiful and innocent creation of God. Throw the porn view in the mental trash bin. We can rid ourselves of the lust problem permanently and leave our nakedness free of corruption. And that opens up nudism or naturism as a wholesome enjoyment of nature like it was supposed to be. The articles end up mildly suggesting practicing nonsexual nudism as a way of retraining our minds away from the porn viewpoint. And it works, it really does. Even though to the uninformed it's seems like "Overdosing on porn to get over porn addiction? Ridiculous!" But they get their definitions a bit off by thinking that. because simple nonsexual nudity is not porn. Never has been and never will be. And by getting our minds accustomed to seeing everyone nude without degrading to the lust level, we are lifting our mental operation above the carnal thought patterns and taking control as we should have been doing all along.
I agree it does have a lot to do with shame that has been taught by religion and society as well. I do agree with the point that because some people want to hide their secrets and urges. It comes to how we view the body
Assuming you are confronting a religious objection, maybe it would be best to use the Christian premise that we are born in God's likeness, naked, and that our bodies are sacred because they ARE in His image. Who are we to question God's likeness as being evil? A simplistic argument but effective in that you are turning the tables on them using their own dogma.
Cannot combat this. Nudity has nothing wrong, but "perversion" is in the "perverted" brain of the watcher. The only way is limiting to relation with enough adult/grown people. Most men they onl think in sexsex when they see a naked woman, bcause no other thing is in their brain. Mostly is a matter of culture.
We combat this the same way gay people combated homophobia... by coming out of the closet. LGBT people didn't progress equality and acceptance by marching in the streets. They did it "kitchen table by kitchen table" by coming out of the closet to ignorant and/or conservative family and friends. Any gay will tell you when you come out to someone, they will have an initial reaction, which isn't always their most graceful moment, but then most come around, apologize (perhaps), and affirm your truth once they realize you're still the same person they always knew and loved. Individual by individual queer people came out, and now almost everyone knows a gay person. And it's just not this scary mysterious abstract anymore... it's their sons/daughters/friends/coworker/parent, etc.
Well guess what... nudists live in a closet too. And similarly, nudism is this uncomfortable abstract to many people because they don't know a nudist. They are uncomfortable because of their own internal hangups. But once they know a nudist, experience nudism and observe how not-a-big-deal it all is, they soften their position and calm the fuck down. We just have to come out about it... it'll take 30 years, but that's how the gays did it. LOL
A lot of what seems "wrong" is taught or perceived as wrong. For me, it's quite simple - my naked body is not a sexual display. It is simply a normal, natural, living part of me. Things are only taboo because we make them that way. It's a struggle for many to understand why I want to live the way I want to - natural and free. Clothed or unclothed, it's on the INSIDE of a person that truly matters. God created man without clothes and called it good. There is nothing evil about the human body.
So many equate "getting naked" as the precursor to sex and yes it is, BUT, BUT . . . nudity is so much more and I don't think people understand or see past that one type of nudity. I also think we see "bad" examples of nudity on TV, in ads, at the movies, etc. Nudism is not pornography - it's wholesome nudity - a connection with self, surroundings, and others.
There are several basic, honest reasons why I value nakedness so highly. For me, it engenders feelings of openness and closeness with others. It teaches us to accept and appreciate our bodies, rather than to hate them. It opens up means for express our individuality in authentic ways that are not possible when wearing clothes. Underneath our clothes - we are all nudists. I do hope that we can become more understanding and accepting of social nudity and what it actually represents.
We combat this the same way gay people combated homophobia... by coming out of the closet. And similarly, nudism is this uncomfortable abstract to many people because they don't know a nudist. They are uncomfortable because of their own internal hangups. But once they know a nudist, experience nudism and observe how not-a-big-deal it all is, they soften their position and calm the fuck down.
Good point! I think back to the 80s how fearful people were about gays wanting to stick their cocks up society's collective ass, and the attitude towards nudism is similar that nudists want to shake their genetital in others faces and make them strip. We're just normal people who prefer no clothes, and when that view is normalized they can, as you eloquently put it, calm the fuck down.