It is a very very big subject interrelated to others:
Nudity or nakedness is the state of wearing no clothing. The wearing of clothing is exclusively a human characteristic. The amount of clothing worn depends on functional considerations (such as a need for warmth or protection from the elements) and social considerations. In some situations the minimum amount of clothing or no clothing at all may be socially acceptable, while in others much more clothing is expected.
Modern humans are the only survivors of several species of naked apes who may have worn clothes, according to DNA studies of clothing lice. This study suggests that clothing may have been worn as long as 650 thousand years ago.
People, as individuals and in groups, have varying attitudes towards their own nudity and the nudity of others. Some people are relaxed about appearing less than fully clothed in front of others, while others are uncomfortable or inhibited in that regard. Many people are uncomfortable or inhibited when others can see their sexual arousal. People are nude in a variety of situations, and whether they are prepared to disrobe in front of others depends on the social context in which the issue arises. For example, people need to bathe without clothing, some people also sleep in the nude, some prefer to sunbathe in the nude or at least topless. Many people are prepared to disrobe for a medical examination, while others are nude in other situations. Some people adopt nudism as a lifestyle.
Though the wearing of clothes is the social norm in most cultures, some cultures, groups and individuals are more relaxed about nudity, though attitudes often depend on context. On the other hand, some people feel uncomfortable in the presence of any nudity, and the presence of a nude person in a public place can give rise to controversy, irrespective of the attitude of the person who is nude. Many people have strong views on nudity, which to them can involve issues and standards of modesty, decency and morality. Some people have a psychological aversion to nudity, called gymnophobia. Many people regard nudity to be inherently sexual and erotic.
I can never get enough of nude studies.
Despite the alleged Sexual Revolution of some decades ago (dampened by the appearance of HIV/AIDS & other difficult to fight STDs) why are so many so uptight in this country--Ye Goode Ol' USA, Inc.--about the naked human body given us by Nature to perform with? As if I didn't already know the answer. (Like they say in law school: never ask a question you don't already know the answer to.) Anyway, my question is in pertainent part quasi-rhetorical...
Related to visual transgressions would be the so-called offensive words like "sh!t" & "f@ck" causing grown men & women to weep, faint, blush & split their bloomies... But a social critique on such verbiage will have to patiently wait for a separate article.
The body is sacred, in a secular sense. It is the vehicle of human life. Indeed, it is where life comes from. Where the "miracles" of both birth & death occur. The location of imagination. The place of pleasure.
The body is a "miraculous" treasure. A mystery. A machine. A vortex of chemistry. Sex. Brain.
We war there. We whore there. We drudge & chore there.
Run with it. Fun with it. Shoot kill maim game with it.
I'm okay with the one I got. Once used it to smoke pot. Put food & wine in it. Tried putting distance between space & time with it.
I never want another one. Fantastical anyway. But if I could I wouldn't. Maybe merely improve it here & there with care.
When my days are almost done I'll sit & wait & cogitate. Welcome in the Angel of Death as a guest. In the dead of the dead of night i.e. 3:30. Such things happen at such auspicious times.
Death is the final final end. Life was the test where we tested ourselves. Never knowing everything. Uncertain of anything. Even Love & its complexities. Jealousy & hate...
As Time Goes By
You must remember this
A kiss is still a kiss, a sigh is just a sigh
The fundamental things apply
As time goes by
And when two lovers woo
They still say, "I love you"
On that you can rely
No matter what the future brings
As time goes by
Moonlight and love songs
Never out of date
Hearts full of passion
Jealousy and hate
Woman needs man
And man must have his mate
That no one can deny
it's still the same old story
A fight for love and glory
A case of do or die
The world will always welcome lovers
As time goes by
-- song written by Herman Hupfeld
I think: I was simple & loved simply (epitaph?) & wondered why with so little time in this unbounded confounding inexhaustibly delightful & horrific SuperGrand Multiversal Cosmic Scheme, we couldn't be just a little nicer to each other...After all we do share the same genetic material.
In other words, we're family.