BBC News: Gauguin painting...attacked by woman
There is some kind of extremely repressedness that lives in many
americans, I'm sure largely due to the puritan nature of America's
founding and expansion. Why are we so anti-nakedness? People are
naturally naked. We started wearing clothes to keep warm, or to keep the
sun off our skin, or to protect ourselves. Now we mostly wear clothing
to hide our nakedness.
There are cultures of the world that don't care. The Himba
in Africa, for example, developed a sunscreen-type ointment to protect
their skin from the sun, rather than clothing which might overheat the
wearer. In Europe, at least partial-nakedness in beach settings and on television (at times) is permitted without a blink of an eye. (There is a movement in the U.S. called Topfreedom
whose goal is to further bridge the gender gap by allowing women the
same amount of exposure wherever a man is allowed to go barechested. This is seen as part of the wider feminist movement.)
If we were culturally more exposed to this, well, exposure, people might
be a little more accepting of it. I mean, we're all naked under there. Sometimes nakedness is beauty; sometimes it is grotesque. But it is
something we all share. Nakedness is not in itself lewd, or crass; those
are attitudes of those who use nakedness in those ways. Nakedness by
itself is innocent. This is why we don't care if young children go
naked. We have no reason to be ashamed of our nakedness.
Set a good example. Wear clothing for the right reasons: to protect, to warm, to shade; not to hide.