Nudity , or nakedness , is a state of being in which a human is not wearing clothing or is not covering the genitals. Nakedness was the natural state of human beings in the tropical climates where they first evolved and continues to be the norm in many isolated indigenous societies during the 21st century. The modern understanding of nudity is culturally complex due to different meanings given various states of undress in differing social situations. In any particular society, nudity is defined in relation to being properly dressed, not in relation to the specific body parts exposed. For humans, nakedness and clothing are connected to many cultural categories such as identity , privacy , social status and moral behavior. In Western societies , there are two contradictory cultural traditions relating to nudity. The first comes from the ancient Greeks , who saw the naked body as the natural state and as essentially positive. The second is based upon the Abrahamic religions , which have viewed being naked as shameful and essentially negative.
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This timeline records the degree of acceptance given to the naked human body by diverse human cultures throughout history. It records the way primitive nakedness has been challenged and the wearing of clothing enforced. It also catalogs events that have in their turn challenged the wearing of clothes to allow nudity within the public gaze. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article needs additional citations for verification.
View research View latest news Sign up for updates. Many liberal democracies have legal restrictions on nudism. This article argues that when public nudity does not pose a health threat which it seldom does , such restrictions are unjust. To vindicate this claim, I start by showing that there are two weighty interests served by the freedom to be naked in public.
Women too often are made to embody male power, honor and shame. Some of us experience our bodies, in particular our nudity, as objects of repression, oppression and powerlessness. Male nudity is an entirely different thing. Non-idealized female bodies used autonomously undermine a continuous narrative about body-based sex and race differences. Female public nakedness as protest or social commentary is not new and is critical, expressive and censored speech.