Why Are We Ashamed of Being Naked?

Discussion in 'Ethics, Morality, & Justice' started by TruthSeeker, Aug 9, 2004.


Are You Ashamed of Being Naked?

  1. Yes

    21 vote(s)
  2. No

    45 vote(s)
  1. TruthSeeker Fancy Virtual Reality Monkey Valued Senior Member

    Yeah... why?

    I mean... In my particular case I don't feel any shame... But most people seem to have problems with it. So... who here is ashamed of being naked? And why people feel that way about something so natural?

    Why we feel this way to the point of, of course, using clothes and even making laws that forbid us from being naked in public? Of course I understand those laws, but my question is.... when, why and how we started to feel and think that way? Does that have anything to do with evolution? Do we really need our clothes?

    EDIT: Just to add, what about women's boops? In many countries topless is allowed. But it is still considered a kind of nakedness. Men doesn't have that problem. It's odd. If you think in a very simple way, it doesn't really make much sense....

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    PS: Of course, all in public.
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  3. TruthSeeker Fancy Virtual Reality Monkey Valued Senior Member

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  5. Oxygen One Hissy Kitty Registered Senior Member

    I'm not ashamed of being naked, and I can even take a dump with somebody watching (100 women, 8 stalls, 0 doors, you learn to stake your claim on a stall by standing right in front of it and making sure nobody cuts ahead of you and you expect your shipmates to do the same).

    HOWEVER, both out of respect for the sensitivity of others, and because I'm about as sexy as as sergeantlard's avatar wallowing in a bathtub of raw liver, I spare people the spectacle.
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  7. §outh§tar is feeling caustic Registered Senior Member

    Think fat bastard.
  8. river-wind Valued Senior Member

    we are ashamed of being nude because of cultural history - certainly its clear that nudity in different cultures is defined differently.

    I've been nude in public three times - once at Woodstock 99, once at a college May Day celebration, and once at a friedns house. All three times, a fair number of people got naked, there was no sexual undertones to the events, and people had alot of fun in the freedom, no matter the body type.
    I'd do it again.
  9. spuriousmonkey Banned Banned

    I don't know. if it is appropriate then there is no problem. Sauna is rather popular here, and being naked is then normal. I can also remember in art school we just went to the local nude beach with our model so we could draw outside. After a while the students got naked too.
  10. whitewolf asleep under the juniper bush Registered Senior Member

    I'm comfortable naked. /indulges in self-love. Well, when occasion requires, I cover up accordingly. But I really take every chance I get to go free

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  11. invert_nexus Ze do caixao Valued Senior Member

    I hate being naked. I have to wear underwear to support my massive johnson. Otherwise it tugs at me uncomfortably.

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    Seriously (Not that the above isn't 100% true) I don't know about the whole nudist thing. I got no problem being naked around a few people at certain times, but running around naked in public? Don't think so. For one thing, if I'm naked theres a good chance that others will be naked as well. And seeing naked others (hot young nubile naked women) might just provoke a reaction that would be ... unseemly. To say the least.

    I suppose that you get used to it after a while and it's just another day, but most people look better with their clothes on. Why ruin a good thing?
  12. Dr Lou Natic Unnecessary Surgeon Registered Senior Member

    It depends if I'm offensively naked or defensively naked.
    Accidental nudity or having someone rip my clothes off against my will, etc etc is defensive nudity. That is shamefull, offensive nudity is taking my own clothes off and sticking my dick in a grannies face and saying "cop this" or something like that. This is not a shamefull form of nudity.
    I know someone who can make a clean transition from defensive to offensive nudity, so he's basically immune from ever being ashamed of his nakedness. We discovered this talent when he was going to sleep on a matress and we realised under the sheet he was trying to casually sleep nude while we were in the room, we thought "we'll see about that" and we ripped the sheet off him and laughed and pointed in an attempt to shame him. Amazingly, and to our utter shock, he spread his legs and started writhing in a comical exagerated way. Suddenly we were being attacked with a view of his penis and scrotum and we ended up having to cover our eyes and retreat.
    I don't know if I could pull that off, i live in fear of being put into the defensive nude state, meanwhile I live to put myself into the offensive nude state.
    The relationship between nudity and shame is definately a strange and complicated one.
  13. Zero Banned Banned

    We're ashamed of being naked because Adam and Eve ate the fruit from the tree of kno- ...


    Pardon me, I felt like spouting some bullshit.

    Actually, we're just ashamed of it because we're conditioned to be.
  14. robtex Registered Senior Member

    It is a learned behavior. I have kids in the extended family (not my own) and am in that age range (mid 30,s) where friends have kids and before they are taught that nakedness is shameful run around 1/2 nude all the time with no second thoughts of it.

    Ashamed is one word but maybe subconscious or uncomfortable should be on the list too. A lot of the retail clothing industry thrives on finding clothing that compliments or hides emphasises or de-emphasises various aspects of people's figures. Shirts and blouses that are full cut, jeans with lots of thigh room, woman's shoes that are unaturally narrow towards the toes ect ect.

    I think that the clothing insdustry is a reflections of peoples insecurties on their physical appearance.

    The posts thus far in here have been either sexual or referring to excerment which is part being silly and part maybe subconscious way of projecting uneasyness about nakedness even in print.

    Are overly aggressive culutral supression of our sexuality is maybe one of the biggest factors in our concealment of bodies.

    I read the poll and saw that most people posted no they did not feel ashamed to walk around naked and maybe ashamed is one of a few words along with uncomfortable or sub-concious but I have to ask in answering this poll how many of you walk around your apartment or house naked while others are present?

    If you don't what percentage of it is to so your guests or housemates fell comfortable and how much of it is so that you do?
  15. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

    I have not liked being naked around people in public.
  16. l33t h4x0r Registered Member

    because your ugly
  17. certified psycho Beware of the Shockie Monkey Registered Senior Member

    I can never be naked in public. Why? Because I feel very uncomfortable
  18. Zero Banned Banned

    It was just a matter of time before someone made a screenname like this one.

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  19. path Militant wiseguy Registered Senior Member

    I am not ashamed to be naked because I am so damned sexy as a matter of fact I am naked right now.

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  20. Tiassa Let us not launch the boat ... Staff Member

    Because if we weren't, naughty bits wouldn't be nearly as much fun.

    Yeah. Anyway, I vote for social conditioning.

    Interestingly enough, the fruit of the tree Zero alluded to is merely a moment in history in which humanity came to believe that God finds unacceptable the state in which He delivers you to the world: we are unsatisfactory from birth.

    What a psychosis.
  21. Shoshi Registered Member

    I would have to go with social conditioning...Religions teach it as well as society at large. We are taught from a very young age to be ashamed or "modest" about our nakedness. I am not comfortable being naked around a large group of people. I do not find my form attractive without clothing and have no idea why others do. Then again...I was told daily for...15 years or so how fat and ugly I was. Some of it sticks after a while...especially with the media force-feeding women garbage about how thin is the only way to be. Actually, it is more healthful to maintain a steady weight than to be either too thin or obese. For women, it can actually cause sterility if she doesn't have enough fat on her body.
  22. Carnuth i dont Registered Senior Member

    it is social conditioning and cultural. in japan for example, the norm is to be naked in the public baths and such. not coed though

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  23. Oxygen One Hissy Kitty Registered Senior Member

    When I get out of the shower or tub, as long as it's only my husband present, I just do a quick towel off, then throw a beach towel over my computer chair and surf naked. Go into a chat room, nobody knows I'm nekkid as a jaybird. The only problem shows up when the cat tries to crawl up onto my lap, or if there's a sudden knock at the door. Of course, if the cat is on my lap AND there's a sudden knock on the door, YEOWTCH!!!

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