We are born naked. Everyone knows that.
But the moment we leave
the womb, we are wrapped in a blanket, and the skin hardly ever sees the light
of day again. For the next 70+ years of life, we wrap our skin in a cocoon of
Is this healthy for our
bodies? Were our bodies designed to be forever clothed? If you believe in
evolution, the answer has to be no. Of course evolution didn't create a body
designed for clothing.
If you believe in the
Judeo-Christian divine creation of the human body, the answer must still be no.
Adam and Eve lived naked in the garden of Eden. That's what their bodies were
designed to do.
Why have this magnificent
organ of skin enveloping our entire bodies, every square inch of it covered with
delicate sensory nerves and sophisticated temperature regulation pores, then
wrap it up 24/7 in artificial coverings so it's all useless? Clothing can keep
us warm in extreme conditions. But in other cases, it actually interferes with
the body's natural temperature regulation processes. It's obvious that a hot day
would be much easier to tolerate nude than clothed. But those with experience
can also testify that the nude body is able to comfortably withstand cool
temperatures much easier than most people think, because clothes aren't
interfering with the body's attempt to regulate internal temperature.
Protection against cold,
against the elements, against injury while performing risky activities--these
are good reasons for covering the miraculous organ of skin with clothing. But
how can it possibly be healthy to never let it "breathe"--at least for an hour
or two every day?
Experts are now starting
to tell us that children are not getting enough sun. Between the hysteria of
always remaining clothed and the latest fear craze of developing skin cancer,
children are suffering from a vitamin D deficiency, even to the point where that
supposedly archaic disease of rickets is beginning to return.
(By the way, it's much
easier to notice a malignant skin tumor early enough for successful treatment if
you let other people see you naked now and then.)
Physical health is only
one aspect of nudity. What about our emotional health?
Who are we? We are
our bodies. Whatever attitude we have toward our bodies is the attitude we have
And what is the attitude
we have toward our bodies? Shame.
This shame may very well
be the most pervasive emotional conditioning of our lives. We prefer to call it
brainwashing because it's forced upon us throughout our lives, warps our natural
attitudes toward our and others' bodies, and is a deeply emotional, irrational
process. Emotional abuse, in our opinion.
Is there a child on earth
who is born with an aversion to nudity? Does any child care about nude bodies?
Does seeing a nude body mean anything at all to a young child? Does being
nude mean anything to a child, other than perhaps a more comfortable state of
dress to be in than having clothing pressed against one's body?
What child wouldn't love
to rip his or her clothes off and run around naked, just for the simple pleasure
So where does the negative
reaction to nudity come from?
Do kids grow into it
naturally? Nonsense! All the societies in the history of humankind that have
accepted public nudity or near-nudity would never have existed were this true.
No, the negative reaction
to nudity must be brainwashed into children. And how is that done?
Through shame. Children
won't leave clothes on unless we shame or threaten them into doing it.
Now why isn't that
From the moment of birth,
when they wrap that blanket around the newborn, we are emotionally conditioned
to think of our bodies as shameful. Every minute of every day of our lives, with
rare exceptions, the brainwashing is reinforced. Every moment we cover our
bodies we are communicating the subliminal message to our subconscious that our
bodies are shameful and must be hidden.
Every minute of every day.
Is there any other type of emotional conditioning we are immersed in more?
Even our moments of nudity
do not save us. When we bathe, we go into a private bathroom, close and often
lock the door, pull the shower curtain, and shower nude--all alone out of sight
of others. Bodily functions are done the same way.
Not even doctor's offices
or locker rooms give us a break anymore. The hysterical fear of nudity in our
society has become so great that nudity has almost disappeared entirely from
these locales traditionally designed to accept nudity. In the doctor's office we
remain covered up with our clothing or with hospital gowns, only revealing small
patches of our skin when absolutely necessary. Locker rooms, saunas, etc., have
lost the tradition of nudity within them. This isn't even mixed group nudity
we're talking about. Even among our own sex we hide our bodies, either by not
being nude at all, or by changing in a stall, or by keeping a towel carefully
wrapped around ourselves.
Even when we are nude, we
hide our bodies in shame. Every minute of every day.
We swim with clothes on,
even though that's insane. We sleep with clothes on, even though we're tucked
away under a blanket where no one will see us. We even stay dressed in front of
our spouse--our sex partner--who has already seen us naked in the most intimate
of circumstances and with whom more than anyone else we ought to feel
comfortable being naked. Even in the privacy of our homes we stay dressed. Why?
We do it because body
shame has been so deeply ingrained into our psyche that we can't imagine doing
anything else. Nudity under virtually all circumstances seems so foreign to us
that we can't see it as anything but a bizarre aberration, if not a downright
But we all have a body.
There are billions and billions of human bodies spread throughout this world.
Within the two sexes, every one of them is the same as every other. We all know
what they look like--we all know what equipment they have. What on earth do we
think we're hiding from each other?
Actually, we are not
thinking at all when we have a negative reaction to nudity, whether we see
others nude or others see us nude. It's purely an emotional, irrational
reaction, based on a lifetime of deep, thorough emotional conditioning.
Isn't it emotional abuse
to condition your children to have feelings of shame and horror simply because
someone accidentally sees them naked?
Isn't it emotional abuse
to condition your children to feel shock, fear, or disgust at the mere sight of
a human body?
Our bodies are ourselves.
When we feel shame, fear, horror over bodies, we are feeling those feelings
about ourselves or about our fellow human beings.
No wonder people have such
a hard time relating to each other. We fear each other at a very basic level. We
are all forced by nature or God to carry naked bodies with us wherever we
go! Those dreadful, shocking, shameful naked bodies! What was God thinking?
How can we possibly
interact normally with each other, steeped in attitudes like that?
Exactly what negative
consequences result from shaming children into wearing clothes, and continuing
that brainwashing process until the day they die?
Children are left in
ignorance. We think it's a wonderful, educational thing to take children to the
zoo. But what do they do at the zoo? Stare at the naked bodies of animals. This
is considered very educational. And it is.
Yet children are never
allowed to stare at the naked bodies of the species that is most important for
them to learn about. Their own--human beings. It's great for them to learn all
about the bodies of lions and tigers and bears, oh my! But never the body of the
species they belong to and will marry. Never the body they live within
throughout their lives.
Children don't get to
fully understand and accept the differences between the sexes. Boys have
penises, girls have vaginas. This is an undisputed fact of life. But to a boy
who is not allowed to learn about human bodies, a girl does not have a
vagina--she has been castrated of her penis. To a girl, a boy doesn't have a
penis--he has a strange growth where his vagina should be. And these are the
boys and girls lucky enough to have caught a glimpse of the opposite sex naked.
Then we wonder why there
is so much sexual dysfunction in marriages?
Children don't get to
become comfortable with the process of puberty before it happens. When their
bodies start changing, it's a traumatic thing. Why? Because it's natural for
puberty to be traumatic?
Absolutely not! It's a
completely natural part of the human life cycle.
It's traumatic because
they are not prepared for it. Is that not emotional abuse?
They start growing hair
around their pubic area and within their armpits. What is that all about? For
boys, the penis enlarges (is it diseased?) and hair begins to grow on the face.
For girls, the vagina begins to bleed (am I injured?) and breasts being to
enlarge on their chests.
How many horror stories
have there been about children who were totally unprepared for these changes? Is
that not child abuse, to allow children to enter this period of life unprepared
simply because their parents are embarrassed to talk about it (thanks to their
own emotional brainwashing from their parents)?
But even with children who
have been "educated" about puberty, is the trauma completely absent? No, because
the education is lacking in a vital area. Words cannot communicate anywhere near
as effectively as images can. You can talk all day to a boy about how penises or
to a girl about how breasts come in all sizes and shapes, but it won't remove
the fear that their penis or breasts are abnormal. But if they have
opportunities to see penises and breasts in all their amazing variety, the point
is driven home that their body is just as normal and acceptable as anyone
Children are not allowed
to satisfy their perfectly natural curiosity when it's safe to do so. Adults
have sex hormones raging through their bodies. Prepubescent children do not.
When would be the best time of life to learn about human bodies?
Before children have to
start dealing with sexual urges.
Yet, astoundingly, we
think the most terrible thing of all is to allow a child to see an adult naked.
Instead, we force children
to wait until they enter puberty. Then they not only have to deal with their
curiosity driven by a natural and wholesome desire to become educated, but also
driven by these brand new, nearly overwhelming sexual urges. They get it all
dumped on them at once and are left alone to deal with it on their own.
Is it any wonder there is
sexual dysfunction in our society? Is it any wonder teen sexual activity and
pregnancy and venereal disease run rampant in our society?
Is this not true child
Make no mistake about it,
once children reach puberty, they will start educating themselves, one
way or another. If parents or some other adult authority figure doesn't help
them do it, they will do it on their own.
And we all know how they
will do it.
They will gather
misinformation from friends as ignorant as themselves. They will develop
addictions to pornography. They will experiment with nudity and sex among
themselves, ignorant of the dangers involved. And they will do it all with a
ghastly emotional stew of sexual arousal, shame, guilt, and rebellion mixed into
Oh yes, this is much
better than allowing children to experience nudity under careful adult
supervision before their sexual hormones start to flow.
An adult allowing a child
to see him or her nude is child abuse? No, no. The law that criminalizes letting
a child see an adult nude is child abuse.
Nudity that is intended to
be shocking or sexual or threatening or lewd through the individual's intent
and behavior--now that's child abuse. But legally defining the mere
existence of nudity as lewdness or obscenity is an evil, archaic notion that
must be stamped out.
Children are never taught
to accept the aging cycle of human beings. Everyone dreads getting old. We think
old bodies are ugly. We fear them. For God's sake, cover them up! And lo and
behold, look at the youth-worshiping culture we now have. Coincidence?
Billions of dollars are
spent on cosmetics, clothing, even surgery, to try and pretend we're not getting
old. Why? Because we fear it. Why? Because we never see it.
Because we constantly hide
our bodies from one another, we never get to see the natural aging life cycle of
human bodies. That which is hidden from us is mysterious and frightening.
If we could simply see
human bodies in all the different stages of aging on a regular basis, it would
be a familiar sight to us, a comfortable sight. Aging would be a natural thing,
not something to fight tooth and nail in dread.
Is it not emotional abuse
to teach people to fear the natural life cycles of their own bodies?
Children, like all people,
equate their bodies with themselves. They are their bodies. If we teach
them to be afraid and ashamed of their bodies (and we do), they will be ashamed
of themselves. And thus a rampant epidemic of self-loathing thrives in our
Especially our girls. The
most beautiful women in the world still think there's something wrong with their
Children are killing
themselves over poor self-image. The girl that purges or starves herself to
death because she can't accept her body is a victim of the self-loathing that
anti-nude attitudes help to foster. The gang banger who carries a gun and kills
someone for "dissing" him is literally killing children over self-esteem. "You
disrespect me, you die."
And where does this
rampant lack of self-esteem come from? The causes are complex, but how can the
lifelong shame we feel over our own bodies not be a contributor?
Our luxury of hiding
nudity from each other may even be killing our children. Never mind emotional
abuse. This is physical abuse of the ugliest kind. All because we don't want to
see a nude human body.
That's where the true
shame lies, not in our bodies!
Many children never get to
feel totally comfortable with the opposite sex and never get an adequate
education on human bodies to satisfy their curiosity. Most children will not
tolerate this situation forever. If the adult community won't satisfy their need
for knowledge in safe, appropriate, supervised environments, they will do it on
their own. They will do it in any way they can. Since the adult community
forbids them from experiencing nudity in safe, wholesome ways, they will resort
to other means.
As they resort to other
means, their normal, natural desire to satisfy curiosity gets mixed up with all
sorts of negative feelings. Guilt, shame, embarrassment, self-loathing, fear of
punishment. Because these negative emotions keep many children from doing too
much experimenting before puberty, experimenting happens after puberty when the
powerful sex drive overcomes the negative emotions.
So now we have guilt,
shame, embarrassment, fear, and self-loathing associated with sexual arousal
too. And we expect healthy adult relations to develop from this?
Because the adolescent
feels all these negative emotions associated with normal and natural curiosity
and sexual urges, and because the adolescent is still trying to develop
effective skills at relating with the opposite sex, that adolescent will feel
intimidated by the opposite sex.
So what will some
adolescents do? Resort to less intimidating individuals to do their
experimenting with. Resort to younger children.
And a possible sexual
predator is born.
Do I even need to point
out how this is emotional abuse?
Our society in the last
few decades has become more and more antagonistic toward nudity. Where once
skinnydipping was the norm among Boy Scouts and required at YMCA pools, where
once locker rooms were actually used to change clothes in, where once doctor's
offices were a place where doctors could easily access the human body they were
supposed to give medical attention to, we now have a near absence of nudity
anywhere in normal life.
Nowhere can we find
wholesome, nonsexual images of the nude human body. Nowhere can we enjoy the
affirming, even healing experience of being nude in front of someone else and be
accepted for who we are. We have forfeited all images of the human body to those
who would portray it in sexual and degrading ways. All because, from birth, we
are brainwashed into believing nudity is harmful.
And why do we do that to
our children? Because our parents did it to us. Because their parents did it to
them. And so on and so on.
When will we break this
No one ever tries, because
no one ever thinks about it. You don't question something that has been
brainwashed into you every minute of your life since birth.
But we need to question
it. The emotional and physical health of our children are at stake. In some
cases, even their very lives are at stake. Aren't these important enough reasons
to question something you've simply assumed was true all your life?
Family Skinnydippers is
very serious about these issues. Perhaps now you can understand why social
nudity is so important to us. This is not merely a lifestyle choice. This is not
merely the enjoyment of nude recreation. This is a vital cause to us. It's a
cause we feel is worth fighting and sacrificing for.
Do we demand constant
Of course not. There are
many times when nudity would be uncomfortable, even downright unhealthy.
Do we demand that everyone
be nude, whether they like it or not?
Perish the thought. That
would be as immoral as using the law to force everyone to wear clothes all the
All we ask is that those
who wish to be nude under reasonable circumstances be allowed to do so. Not for
shock value, not for sexual titillation, not for confrontational purposes, not
for exhibitionist urges. Simply because nudity is a natural, comfortable,
pleasant, wholesome, healthy thing to be every so often. Those who enjoy it
ought to be able to do so. Those who don't enjoy it don't have to do it at all.
But what if a person is
offended at nudity?
Our blunt answer to that
person: grow up. Why should people be forced by threat of law to do something
they strongly disagree with, if the only harm to you is that you choose
(emphasis on the word choose) to be offended?
The amazing truth that our
society has a hard time grasping because the brainwashing is so pervasive, is
that human beings get used to nudity very quickly. How can a lifetime of
brainwashing be overcome literally within hours, if not minutes? That's a
testament to how unnatural and pointless the brainwashing was in the first
If you're afraid you'll be
shocked at the nudity of others, that will wear off quickly. If you're afraid
you'll be sexually aroused at the sight of nudity, perhaps you will be for a
while. But even that loses its power in a short time. The overwhelming
realization of the vast majority of people who are finally exposed to normal,
nonsexual nudity after a lifetime of brainwashing is that it was never a big
deal in the first place.
The only embarrassment we
need to feel about nudity is how frightened over nothing we were all our lives.
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