It Would Have Been A Better Education

When I was young my parents were totally up tight about bodies. We were never seen naked, not even by mother, after we were old enough to dress ourselves. Any attempt at nudity met with shock and parental screams.

A naked school would have required body freedom, lack of laundry, end of the fashion cliques, etc. Alas, the schools in my town were as up tight as our parents. It took me decades to unlearn all that body shame nonsense.
DozerDan DozerDan
66-70, M
1 Response Jan 14, 2013

I find it fascinating that there are such different attitudes about nudity. Many people would rather die than be exposed completely to certain people. Who those people would be is also widely varying in people's minds. Would you feel more comfortable if you were at a nudist camp with your family or with people you did not know at all? Other people would be seen nude as often as possible and to as many people as possible. Some like to be nude alone, but many people find even themselves to be too much of an audience. Some people find some flaw in themselves -- the size of a certain part of the body or the odd shape or color of a body part -- and center on that as a reason not to be seen naked while some people with virtually perfect bodies are equally averse. I am a man. I find the willingness of a woman to be nude in a picture or in public to be not only highly arousing but also something I would like to know more about. I was brought up in a small Southern town. I was embarrassed to be seen naked even in a locker room, and it had nothing to do with a particular body part; I just did not feel right about it. Since these responses are not supposed to be whole books, I will have to leave for another time other aspects of this subject.