Why are so many Americans, I am guessing 80 - 85%, so afraid or embarrased by nudity?
Not counting their own or spouses in private.
A few possibilities:
1. We're not all particularly proud of the way we look sans clothing. Heck, I'd just as soon the general public didn't even see me with my shirt off!
2. There are some pretty fierce social taboos against public nudity in many cultures.
Can't answer this question because I am looking for the answer, too. There are many European countries where being half naked on the beach is not a taboo, naked kids are OK, too. In US it seems as if seeing a baby girl without top can cause a serious act of hysteria because she is topless. Is it the Puritans who set the tone for this country?
i've often wondered the same thing. nudity in the U.S. is almost a taboo and i find that funny. where i live a woman can walk the streets topless , though few do but they still have the option.
I too don't understand it. In the American media, people are much more needlessly uptight about sex and nudity, seeing the body in its natural form, whereas violence, witnessing things done to the human body that are unnatural and wrong, are considered more acceptable, especially when it comes to parental discretion.
Personally, I feel this needs to change.
I'm not embarrassed or afraid, it seems like the people who like being naked are the ones you really don't want to see naked. I wouldn't let a stranger view my bank account or give them a tour of my house. Why would I want some stranger to see my privates. No one wants to keep anything personal these days. No one has any mystery. Everyone is an open book, while you might like that, I think if your an open book there can be no surprises, no thrill of expectation. And you will be judged on how you look, and discriminated against. The argument of small tribes being naked doesn't work either. They are small isolated populations. Doesn't work when people are strangers. And above all the hygiene factor. I really don't want to have to worry about some strangers butt hair (or worse) on me. I mean underwear doesn't get skid marks cause you wiped good.
I've notice that too, in the UK, when we watch a program like USA Wife Swap, if there is even the slightest glimpse of cleavage the area is blurred!
Are the broadcasters worried about complaints from prudish people?
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