Nude is our most normal, natural state. There is a grace to nudity – a quiet gentleness in our nakedness, a vulnerability that allows us to connect more easily – to nature, to ourselves, and to each other.
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Nudity as a taboo or stigma is an absurd distancing of ourselves from our very humanity. Our nude bodies deserve reverence, respect, and safety,
There is a certain violence and violation to disrespect the nude human body, to thrust upon it non-consensual, over-sexualized meanings and intents. A nude body is just a nude body. It doesn’t mean anything beyond that. Let the person tell you and show you who they are. Nakedness alone doesn’t tell you anything. Nudity is absolutely NOT implied intent or consent.
We all deserve to feel safe, comfortable, and happy in our own nude bodies without shame or fear.
You have to look totally unbothered, I tell myself. It’s worse if people notice that you’re nervous. What I’m trying so hard to forget is that in a matter of minutes, I’m going to see these people naked. Every single one of them.
As Erica* prepared to press send, a wave of anxiety set in. This wasn’t a controversial text, or a passive-aggressive Instagram comment, but rather a picture of her naked body. She said she had never sent anything of the sort before but knew…
Why are more and more people, especially the young, opting to get naked in France? Hattie Ditton finds out more… The term “naturist” may conjure up the image of jolly elderly hikers walking bare-bottomed clutching hiking sticks – but it might be time to update the stereotype.
Cat Rodie has always been socially awkward but last weekend she discovered the key to becoming a social butterfly - stripping off in public. I signed up to the Sydney Skinny, a nude ocean swim, in a moment of extreme bravado…
Everybody was friendly and welcoming and I started to research it a bit more and found other places to go. I was happy that I’d managed to pluck up the courage to go along and thought: why did I leave it so long? I could have done this 20 years ago…
Embrace is a life changing social impact documentary that explores the serious issue of body image. Embrace: The Union Project is an opportunity for individuals, teachers, health professionals, businesses and philanthropists to lead a body image revolution throughout the UK.