Most commentators say that it is the context in which family nudity occurs, not the nudity itself, that

Most commentators say that it is the context in which family nudity occurs, not the nudity itself, that

determines whether it's problematic. read respond far more to parents' attitudes toward nudity than to the nudity

itself, and nudity is merely a problem when it is treated as one.97

73. Many psychologists claim that the implicit message conveyed by a lack of nudity in the house is that the

body is actually unacceptable or shameful--an approach which may carry over into distress about nudity in the

Circumstance of adult sexual relationships.98

74. Kids of "primitive" tribes, encircled by nudity of all types, suffer no ill effects. Neither do

children who grow up in other societies which are more open about nudity than our own.99 Presumptions that

exposure to nudity will lead to difficulties for kids grow out of the preconceptions of our culture.

Paul Ableman writes: "It's interesting to speculate as to what kind of model of the human mind Sigmund

Freud would have constructed if he'd based it not on clothed Europeans but on, say, a study of the naked Nuer of

the Sudan. Nearly all the processes which he identifies as formative for the adult mind would have been lacking.

Freud assumes that children will not usually see each other naked and that, if they do occur to, the result will be

traumatic. This is not true of nude cultures. . . . So great states of Freud's mind-empire would just be


no clear cut stages of sexual development. read are emerging rapidly from the era of Freudian gospel . . . and can


75. Kids who grow up in a nudist environment witness the natural body changes brought on by

adolescence, pregnancy, and aging. have much less stress about these natural processes than children who are

76. Research has demonstrated that countries with fewer reservations about nudity (and sexuality in

general) also have lower teen pregnancy and abortion speeds.101

America to be more than twice those of Canada, France, Sweden, England, along with The Netherlands. The difference

couldn't be explained by differences in sexual activity, race, welfare policies, or the availability of abortion, but only

in cultural attitudes toward nudity and sexuality. beach bum found American youth to be particularly ignorant of

biology and sexuality, partly due to a climate of moral disapproval for seeking such knowledge.

Degrees of unwanted pregnancy correlated with variables including the amount of female nudity presented by public media

and the extent of nudity on public seashores.102

77. Clothing-compulsion intimidates millions of mothers from breast feeding their kids, even though

Breast feeding is healthier and frequently more convenient for both the child along with the mommy.103

In the U.S., barely half of all mothers breast-feed; only 20% do so for a complete 6 months, and just 6% for the

Surgeon General's recommended 12 months.104 Breast-feeding is also dropping in developing countries.105

Gabrielle Palmer writes: "In Victorian England, well-known for its prudery, a good woman could feed

openly in church, yet in modern industrialized society where women's bodies and particularly breasts are used

to sell papers, cars and peanuts, public breast feeding induces cries of protest from both men and

women." 106 Lisa Demauro notes that "our society is much more at home together with the idea of alluring breasts than functional

ones." 107 "Millions of boys and girls have grown up never having seen a mom breastfeeding her infant," adds

Marsha Pearlman, the Florida Health Department coordinator for breast feeding. " is a sad commentary on our

culture." 108

Naturism is particularly consistent with feminism and also the battle for women's liberty.

78. The repression of healthy nudity, particularly for females, has been one of the main means of head and

Breaking this routine shatters the invisible bonds of an inherited sex purpose.109

79. Constraints on women's nudity, an approval of porn, and needing trend requirements

may, individually, look like minor issues. Considered as a whole, yet, they form a pattern of repressive maleoriented


Marilyn Frye clarifies: "Consider a birdcage. If you look really carefully at just one wire in the cage, you

If your conception of what's before you is discovered by this myopic focus, you could

look at one particular wire, up and down the length of it, and be unable to see why a bird wouldn't just fly around the

wire any time it wanted to go somewhere. . . .