O Public nudity, or nude in public (NIP), refers to nudity not in an entirely private context, that is, a person appearing nude in a public place or being able to be seen nude from a public place. Nudity on private property but where the general public is commonly free to enter, such as a […]
A strictly Western world phenomenon. This well-balanced article is a brief introduction to the political usefulness and mere enjoyment, of being nude. It speaks to the broader issues of body-acceptance and organized nudity, and to the ease with which public nudity divests itself from sexual overtones. Recent governmental policy changes, as in Canada’s legal recognition of women’s right to go topless in most public areas, point to the day perhaps, when gardening and mowing your lawn for example, in the nude, will be totally normalized. Many barriers face proponents however, including religious, ethnic, legal, social, and family values. And individual body acceptance within the fishbowl of media pressures to be someone else but you. But the path has been started.