times when it really is unneeded for societal protocol or physical comfort would be to armour oneself in a manner that will block

new behaviors which could introduce more beneficial and rewarding options; and promote psychological
Increase.” 11
12. The nudist, literally, has nothing to hide. He/she so has less pressure, a fact supported by
research.12
In the words of Paul Ableman: “Removing your clothing symbolizes ‘taking off’ civilization and its own cares.
The nudist is stripped not only of garments but of the requirement to ‘dress a part,’ of kind and display, of ceremony and all
the constraints of a complicated etiquette. . . . Farther than this, the nudist symbolically takes off an excellent weight of
responsibility. By taking off his clothing, he takes off the urgent issues of his day. For the time being, he’s no
More dedicated to causes, opposed to this or that trend, in short a citizen. He becomes . . . a free being once
more.” 13
13. Clothes conceals the natural diversity of http://modestperson.com/views/we-are-interested-in-joining-a-local-nudist-resort.php and shapes. When people are never exposed to
nudity, they grow up with misunderstandings and unrealistic expectations regarding the body depending on biased or
misinformed sources–for instance, from advertisements or mass media.
As a result, breast augmentation has long been the leading form of cosmetic surgery in the U.S. In the
1980s, American women had more than 100,000 procedures per year to transform their breasts.14 Helen Gurley Brown,
past editor of Cosmopolitan, says, “I do not believe 80 percent of the girls in this country have any idea what other
women’s bosoms seem like. They’ve this idealized notion of how other people’s bosoms are. . . . My God, is not it
Silly to be an emancipated woman and not actually know what a woman’s body looks like except your own?” 15
Paul Fussell notes, by contrast, that “a little time spent on Naturist beaches will carry most women that their
breasts and hips are not, as they may believe when alone, appalled by their mirrors, ‘strange,’ but rather natural,
‘Strange’ ones belonging entirely to the nonexistent creatures depicted in ideal painting and sculpture. The same
with guys: in the event you think nature continues to be unjust to you personally in the sexual anatomy sweepstakes, spend time among the
Naturists. You will learn that each man appears roughly the same–fairly modest, that is, and that heroic fixtures are not
Merely incredibly uncommon, they have been deformities.” 16
14. Clothing hides and therefore creates mystery and ignorance about natural body processes, such as
pregnancy, adolescence, and aging. Kids (and even adults) who grow up in a nudist environment have much less
Stress about these natural processes than those who are never exposed to them.
Margaret Mead writes, “clothing separate us from our personal bodies along with from the bodies of others. The
more society . . . muffles the human body in clothes . . . Disguise pregnancy . . . and hides breastfeeding, the
more individual and eccentric will function as the child’s efforts to comprehend, to piece together a really imperfect knowledge
of the lifecycle of both sexes and an comprehension of the specific state of maturity of their body.” 17
Some observations on the character of modesty.
15. Children are not created with any disgrace about nudity. They learn to be embarrassed of their own nudity.

16. Shame, with respect to nudity, is relative to individual situations and customs, not complete.
For instance, http://rudenudist.com/tube/my-parents-are-not-nudists-but/ , encountered in a state of undress, will cover her face, not her body; she
bares her breasts without humiliation, but considers the sight of the back of her head to be still more indecent than
exposure of her face. (James Laver notes that “an Arab peasant woman caught in the fields without her veil will
throw her skirt over her head, thus exposing what, to the Western mind, is a much more uncomfortable element of her
Physiology.”) In early Palestine, girls were obliged to keep their heads covered; for a lady, to be surprised
outside the house without a head-covering was a satisfactory reason for divorce. In pre -revolutionary China it was
Black for a lady to show her foot, and in Japan, the rear of her neck. In 18th century France, while deep
decolletage was common, it was improper to expose the point of the shoulder. Herr Suren, writing in 1924, noted
that Turkish women veiled their faces, Chinese women concealed their feet, Arab women covered the backs of their heads,
and Filipino girls considered simply the navel indecent.18
The relative character of shame is acknowledged by Pope John Paul II. “There’s a particular relativism in the
definition of what is shameless,” he writes. “This relativism may be due to differences in the make-up of special
persons . . . or to different ‘world views.’ It might equally be due to differences in outside states–in climate for
Example . . . and additionally in prevailing customs, social habits, etc. . . . In this matter there is no exact similarity in the
Behaviour of specific people, even when they reside in the exact same age as well as exactly the same society. . . . Attire is always a social
question.” 19

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