Most commentators say that it is the circumstance in which family nudity occurs, not the nudity itself, that

Ascertains whether it’s debatable. Children react much more to parents’ attitudes toward nudity than to the nudity
itself, and nudity is just a problem when it is treated as one.97
73. Many psychologists argue that the implicit message conveyed by a deficiency of nudity in the home is that the
body is simply unacceptable or scandalous–an approach that might carry over into distress about nudity in the
Circumstance of adult sexual relationships.98
74. of “primitive” tribes, encircled by nudity of all forms, suffer no ill effects. Neither do
Kids who grow up in other societies which are more open about nudity than our own.99 Presumptions that
exposure to nudity will cause issues for kids grow out of the preconceptions of our culture.
Paul Ableman writes: “It’s intriguing to speculate as to what type of model of the human head Sigmund

Freud would have constructed if he’d based it not on clothed Europeans but on, say, a study of the nude Nuer of
the Sudan. Virtually all the processes which he discerns as formative for the adult head would have been lacking.
Freud assumes that kids WOn’t normally see each other naked and that, if they do occur to, the result will be
traumatic. This really is not accurate of nude cultures. . . . Thus great provinces of Freud’s mind-empire would only be
missing. There would be no Oedipus complex (or not much, anyway), no penis envy or castration complex, likely
no clear-cut phases of sexual development. We are appearing quickly from the age of Freudian gospel . . . and can
now perceive the extent to which he himself was the victim of prevailing notions and prejudices.” 100
75. Children who grow up in a nudist environment observe the natural body changes brought on by
adolescence, pregnancy, and aging. They have far less stress about these natural processes than kids who are
never exposed to them except through layers of clothing.
76. Studies have shown that states with fewer reservations about nudity (and sexuality in
general) also have lower teen pregnancy and abortion rates.101
A 1985 study by the Guttmacher Institute found rates of pregnancy and abortion among adolescent girls in
America to be more than twice those of Canada, France, Sweden, England, and also The Netherlands. The difference
couldn’t be explained by differences in sexual activity, race, welfare policies, or the availability of abortion, but merely
in ethnic attitudes toward nudity and sexuality. The study found American youth to be particularly ignorant of
biology and sexuality, partly due to a climate of ethical disapproval for seeking such knowledge. It found that lower
Degrees of unwanted pregnancy correlated with variables including the quantity of female nudity presented by public media
and the extent of nudity on public shores.102
77. Clothing-compulsion intimidates millions of mothers from breastfeeding their kids, even though
breast-feeding is healthier and often more suitable for both the kid and the mommy.103
In the U.S., hardly half of all mothers breast-feed; just 20% do so for a full 6 months, and only 6% for the
Surgeon General’s advocated 12 months.104 Breastfeeding is also decreasing in developing countries.105
Gabrielle Palmer writes: “In Victorian England, famous for its prudery, a good woman could feed
openly in church, yet in contemporary industrialized society where women’s bodies and particularly breasts are used
to sell newspapers, autos and peanuts, public breast feeding provokes cries of protest from both guys and
women.” 106 Lisa Demauro notes that “our society is far more at home together with the notion of alluring breasts than practical
ones.” 107 “Millions of boys and girls have grown up never having seen a mother breastfeeding her baby,” adds
Marsha Pearlman, the Florida Health Department coordinator for breast-feeding. “This is a sad commentary on our
culture.” 108
Naturism is notably consistent with feminism and also the battle for women’s freedom.
78. The repression of healthy nudity, particularly for females, has been one of the main way of thoughts and
destiny control by the patriarchy. Breaking this routine shatters the invisible bonds of an inherited sex purpose.109
79. Restrictions on women’s nudity, an acceptance of pornography, and requiring trend demands
may, independently, look like minor issues. Taken as a whole, however, they form a pattern of repressive maleoriented
Marilyn Frye explains: “Consider . Should you look very carefully at only one wire in the cage, you
cannot see the other wires. In case your conception of what’s before you is ascertained by this myopic focus, you could
look at that one wire, up and down the length of it, and be unable to see why a bird would not only fly around the
wire any time it needed to go somewhere. . . . There is absolutely no physical property of any one wire, nothing that the closest