The Nude: Why? (NSFW)
As you all can imagine, also by my work on nudes, I never understood the whole over sensitivity and fake prudish on the theme. Every time I post a nude, even if it’s a not obvious or not frontal one – on social networks that allow us to post at least a link to it on another site -, people don’t want to show that they see it. In fact there are not much tracks; people don’t leave notes… however, those are the most viewed photos while anonymous. I made a brief introduction to the theme at “Straight Thoughts on Nudes and Ostriches“, and gave some important tips on “The Nude: How?“.
I use to say that there’s a huge lack of sex in the world, and it reminds me the teenagers when they see an erotic magazine for the first time. But I didn’t want to go through that way. It seems that nudity is still a deep unsolved mystery… as if none of us saw our own body before. And here there are many important things to think about.
At social networks like facebook, nudity is not allowed: male/female butts, female nipples (male ones are ok), genitalia, pubic hair. Let’s go beyond it and let’s see also how the supremacy of white straight male rules not only over women but also other races than Aryan: If you post a photo of a half naked African woman breastfeeding her baby, it’s considered ethnical. Not nude or not violating any rules. But if you post a photo of a Caucasian woman breastfeeding her baby at home, that’s offensive, because the ones who did the rules are Caucasian and can find similarities with their mothers, wives or daughters. Male nipples are allowed, females not… maybe for the same reason.
Try to post an African frontal naked warrior, and it’s seen as a tribal aboriginal documentary; try to post a blond surfer half naked changing his surfer-suit next to his board and it’s seen as violating the rules of nudity, no matter if he shows just pubic hair or just the butt.
And I’m talking about nudes, not even erotica.
The famous painting of Courbet “The Origin of the World” seems to keep being polemic 100 years ago as it is now. Banned from facebook and from the streets as a poster for the exhibition. Too much pubic hair can blind you, it seems.
This means that the world didn’t get any evolution since then on this matter, and I dare to say that’s becoming worst. This fake prudish supported by religions to make you feel your own body, your own temple, the box that supports your own self: a sin by itself, something polluted, sinful and prohibited.
Even since Eva ate the forbidden fruit and discovered the nudity. Her fault of course, the fault couldn’t be a man’s fault as it was a Caucasian straight man telling this story. So woman is by nature impure and at the same time the object of desire. They say. And this comes from almost all religions. Especially those that keep celibacy to hide their own secret pleasures.
“Don’t ask, don’t tell” has been a policy since always and not only for GLBT community: nothing like “dancing in the dark“.
Technically we all know that our body is made of water, and our skin is a protection to our organs. Yes, our own body which is similar to all other human bodies, no matter if it has lighter of darker skin (which happens to protect more of less from the sun). Underneath we all have the organs with the same shape and even the blood is red for all. The same body that can give pain and pleasure to oneself. The feelings we have are from other level: you don’t love a body; you love the person who lives within. Or at least is the way it should be.
I broke my front head running away from my mother when I was 7yo, in the summer, because I wanted to be naked and she wanted me to wear something on. We were at home. And yes, as we all know angels don’t have sex. I started doing naturism when I was teenager, as I couldn’t stand any swimsuit at the sea, I wanted to feel the sea and the waves with all my body and not have that awful feeling of wet fabric over me. Later on I started doing nude life drawings, teaching it, shooting nude models. Sometimes I was spending more time with naked people than dressed ones – between art nude classes, shooting nude models and naturist beaches. So nudity for me is much more natural than being dressed. Hence why I guess I will never be able to be a good fashion photographer. Unless I can leave your hat on. only.
The forbidden fruit is the most desirable one. And apples are cheap.
The moment you accept your own body as a source of energy, pleasure and beauty instead of watching it as sinful and ugly when you don’t have the stipulated proportions; the moment when you get rid of your own mental prejudices and accept the body as part of life and nature, then the nudity will no longer be desirable but will be natural, pleasant and beautiful as you want it to be seen. And felt.
For the same reason I say that there’s a huge lack of sex in the world. And love. Or even worse: self-esteem.
Is your imaginary friend eunuch? No, nor do you.
Do you have nipples? Yes, so do I.
“Why?” This is the first part of “The Nudes”. You can read “The Nudes: How?” too.
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