Sunday, July 12, 2009

Nudity Does Us All Good

Back of a sitting nude by Rembrandt.Image via Wikipedia

Jemima Lewis, writing in The Telegraph, makes a strong argument that nudity is not only OK, it's a necessity.
Going naked in front of your offspring is one of the duties of parenthood. Studies show – and common sense suggests – that children from households where nudity is commonplace grow up to feel more comfortable in their own skin. We need the background scenery of other people's bodies – dumpy, scrawny, dimpled or lean – in order to be reassured that our own peculiarities are normal.
Lewis' essay was prompted by some of the negative backlash against nude life drawing classes being broadcast on British television in the daytime.

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