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Here's a common complaint I hear against nudism: "But if I see naked boobies all the time, it'll lose its excitement - I never want to reach a point where seeing naked boobies doesn't excite me!"

Response: I find it incredibly ironic (and not a little bit hypocritical) that the type of person who's constantly staring at women's chests and hoping for a nip slip would use this argument, seeing as I doubt it even factors into this person's logic when they are watching porn on the internet for hours at a time.

But while there is some legitimacy in the concept of "normalization" - that we tend to get used to things we are constantly exposed to - a human being need not fear "wearing out" their sexual appetite. Exposure to erotic triggers will, at best, tire you out temporarily; but, like hunger, there will always be more desire in store just around the corner.

I am a person who appreciates the naked human form - especially the female form. I have dedicated myself to art so that I may surround myself daily with depictions of that form. Through my appreciation of art, I see countless images of naked females almost every day. Do I ever get tired of seeing a beautiful naked woman?

The answer to that question is a resounding NO! Exposure hasn't diminished my appreciation for the human form - it has only refined it. It may be true that I don't get giddy at the mere sight of an exposed breast as if I were an adolescent boy. But in no way does that diminish my appreciation for a beautiful breast when I see it. In fact, I value that experience so much, I want the whole world to go naked so that I may indulge in it more often!

Frankly, I think we need more maturity when it comes to sex and the sight of the naked human body. Tittering at the sight of a naked breast is a phase that adult men need to grow out of. Seriously. It is at least partially responsible for the sort of ridiculousness that occurs in this country (the United States) when the nudity taboo is even barely broken - such as during the "nipplegate" fiasco. This fetishization and objectification of the human female breast also contributes to women's body image issues, sexual inequality in the form of resistance to topfreedom movements, and an unhealthy stigma attached to breastfeeding.

There's nothing wrong with a man finding a woman's breast - or any other part of her body - sexually appealing. But there is a mature and an immature way of handling it. And exposure is the best way to get past that awkward adolescent phase that our culture seems to be willfully stuck in. So, no, I don't think that coddling your unhealthy fascination with parts of people's bodies is a legitimate argument against the mainstreamification of nudism. But nice try.
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Whazizname Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014   General Artist
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TaranJHook Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
My guess is people who make a comment like that have never worked around nude models (or nudity in general). Basically, it's a little exciting at first because 'omg boobs!' but after a while, it becomes a normal thing to see and it doesn't bother you anymore, in that setting. That's not to say that if it was a more sexual setting, you wouldn't be aroused by it. I have a LOT of friends who are either photographers and/or nude models, and I myself have worked on sets with nude models or actresses. Basically, you learn to be professional about it, especially since not EVERY model or actress may be as comfortable with being nude as you are, everyone has to start somewhere. But just because it doesn't phase me in a professional setting, doesn't mean I'm never aroused by nudity, all it takes is the right setting.

Think about this, when you're in a car and you see a red light, you stop, because that's what a red light means. However, if you're walking down the sidewalk and see a red light, do you still stop? No, because you're walking, you're not in a car, and you know that rule doesn't pertain to you in this situation.

Our brains are weird, and have different ways to cope and handle different situations, but rest assured, if you're in a sexual setting, no matter how many boobs you see a day, if your body wants to do the deed, nothing will hinder that. However, if you find that boobs no longer turn you on, maybe your interests changed, no every guy is phased by boobs, some people like butts, or legs or some other body part, it happens. But for those who are afraid they'll be immune to the boobs, you wont.

With all that being said, I have no issue with mainstream nudity, the more we get that exposure, as you said, the less awkward we'll be around it. When I was in college I shared an apartment with a guy (same age as me) who went nuts over a wallpaper I had on my laptop because it had boobs on it. He got real close to it like "OMG BOOBS! BOOBS! BOOBIES!!!"  Exactly, like that, not even kidding, it was disturbing, but he was acting like a a little kid about it. Honestly, he was one of those guys that didn't get out much anyway, but it was still creepy. It is possible to teach people to be more respectful towards other people and their bodies and you do that by exposure and talking about it, not by hiding it. If there's one problem I have with the US education system (and there are many problems I have with them), it's how they try to hide or dumb down sex.Ed.
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zharth Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thanks for the excellent comment! You've touched on another common issue nudists have to deal with, which is the popular association of nudity with sex. I would suppose that the guy who always wants to be "excited" by the sight of naked boobies is of the mindset that if it's not a sexual situation, then there's no point in the nudity (never mind issues of comfort or aesthetics). But you're right, I don't think there's any sense in banning the use of red lights outside of the context of traffic lights, for fear that people will no longer stop when they come to an intersection. Besides, it's a hassle dealing with people who complain that every sight of a breast is somehow related to sex. If they want to "save" nudity strictly for sexual purposes, they're welcome to try it in their own life, but this is [supposed to be] a free country, and the rest of us shouldn't have to tailor our lives to suit someone's unhealthy obsession.
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TaranJHook Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
And the cold reality is, we're all naked and to get upset by that is not accomplishing anything other than someone made themselves upset.

 It's not like nobody has ever scene a butt or a nipple before and to try to hide what we are forever does nothing but make people confused and awkward should they ever be put into a situation that involves it. In the US, you can show as much boob as you want, but god forbid if you see a nipple it's the end of the world! First of all, nipples are not a sex organ, like a penis or a clitoris is, and 2, if you're gonna show a whole boob, just leave the nipple there, you already left nothing to the imagination as it is, you're not hiding much. There's a LOT of censorship that just doesn't make any sense.  But also, as I say, if someone's scared to be 'over exposed' to boobs (or nude people in general), maybe they were never attracted to that particular thing in the first place, because if you have a preference, you can't overstimulate it. Especially when it comes to sex, our brains are wired for it, if we want it, we're gonna be aroused by it. It's not that we've been burnt out from the stimulation, we just learned how to handle ourselves in a professional manner. We can separate work and play, as it were. ;) 
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zharth Featured By Owner Edited Oct 14, 2014  Professional Photographer
The really sad thing, for me, is that, despite how natural and unthreatening (think how vulnerable it is!) the unclothed human body is, instead of people simply having different opinions ("don't like it? don't look"), you can actually get into serious trouble - possibly even arrested! - for "exposing" yourself in front of the wrong person (and I don't mean sexually harassing another person, but simply allowing an unobstructed view of what everyone owns underneath their clothes). If that doesn't demonstrate how unhealthy these attitudes are, I don't know what does.
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TaranJHook Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Not always true. I wish this was the case, but sadly, our society is REALLY screwed up. I just read an article last week about how a guy was caught in DC taking pictures up girls' skirts (without their consent) and the judge (who was a female judge, mind you), said that no female who goes out in public should expect any privacy and let the case slide and guy go off free.  It's not so much that we swing one way, it's more like we swing both ways, to the very extreme, in the worst possible ways.  Talking about sex education in school is 'icky and wrong' but taking pictures of vaginas in public is totally okay. :(  I firmly believe that sex is an issue when nudity cases. A man exposing himself will be punished more severely than a woman exposing himself. Yet men are allowed to show nipple, but women can't, despite the fact everyone has nipples. Talk about a topic that could be discussed forever, especially because every country is different. Some spots in Europe have no problem at all with nudity, sure there's designated spots for it, but they rarely bat an eye at a naked person, where as in the states it's the most horrible gruesome offense one could imagine. Mindless, excessive violence, totally okay, but omg if there's a nipple the rating jumps to R. Yeah, we definitely have an unhealthy view on nudity.

I don't want it to seem like I'm not agreeing with you on anything, I totally do, I think we're just pointing out different points of the same subject, haha.
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zharth Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Professional Photographer
I'm not sure I see what connection surreptitious shots of women's underwear has to do with public nudity. I'm actually surprised to hear about that outcome, as popular opinion seems to go in the other direction - that guys who take pictures up girls' skirts in public are creeps and should be considered sex offenders. Frankly, I think the judge has a point (and I'm surprised it was a female judge). Maybe these guys are creeps, and if they're being intrusive, then they could and should be confronted for harassment. But public is public, and if you're really that concerned about someone seeing your underwear, then maybe you shouldn't wear skirts in public. That's why they make skorts, after all. A peek (with or without a camera) is pretty harmless.
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