Interesting response to yesterday's post by two Faithful Readers. Lord Patrick (More of the Same) and Not Alone (Gay Married in the Midwest) (who is to be congratulated, by the way, for hitting his 6th blogging anniversary) have both made some very good points.
Lord Patrick writes: It is interesting that in mainly Protestant countries in Europe, nude sunbathing in city parks is common.
There are places here in the US where nudity is still against city ordinance but authorities turn a blind eye. Here in my city we had a large circle park in the center of a community. Because of the nude sunbathing in the park where we dancers and entertainers resided (there was no such thing as a tanning booth, or spray tan) the area garnered the nickname Naked City. Besides the "no body hair" rule, we could not have tan lines when seen onstage in our skimpy outfits.
Not Alone states: Many people think it is bad for the children. I think if it is just I'm nude at the moment going through my day it is fine for children to see that. Too many see nudity as a sexual thing,and don't want children involved. We make nudity about sex. It is not.
Nudity can be about simply relaxing
It can be about spending time with our friends
Not Alone is right, of course - along with the other responses which called out Purtitanism, religions, and prudishness as the culprits. The largest issue we face is that many people believe that if one is naked sex must be involved. Just as it is difficult to make people believe that not every erection is about sex (despite what you may read at some internet sites). Something I had to explain to both of my wives:
under many different circumstances which have nothing to do with sex.