In an age of ever-growing feminism, where women are inching towards dissolving the gender gap, there has been a reversal of attitudes. The reversal is both saddening not only to women, but to the world. This attitude, a negative one, is towards nudity.
Nudity, pertaining to a woman’s nudity specifically, has come to denote connotations of pornography or sexuality. The public often looks at nudity with glaring or lustful eyes, taking it in only for its sexual appeal. A celebrity takes a picture that reveals very little to the imagination and is immediately slandered as being inappropriate. This immediate judgement shows how our current society has forgotten the significance and the beauty of the female body–or in fact of the human body. In becoming so engrossed with feminism and the power of women, we have overlooked a significant topic–female nudity. Is it not true that with the empowerment of women, women should be comfortable within their own skin, free of any criticism that comes along with nudity? In a recent issue of Porter magazine, L.S. Hilton reminisced the beaches of decades ago, where women of all shapes and sizes went topless–unafraid, free, and independent. Now, people rarely come across nude beaches. Our society, while it has made great strides towards freedom and equality has become more stringent in its presentation of the women’s body.
This shift is not one that has come around because of some dictatorial idea within our brains, or an underlying negativity towards females, but rather because of a loss of art. Remember the ancient Greek and Roman sculptures that are so highly revered? Weren’t those exceptional pieces of nudity? The ancients understood the beauty and art of nudity– while we, a society supposedly so free and intellectual, fall short in understanding this. In order to reverse this attitude, and to further the empowerment of women, we must understand the beauty of the human body. We must not shy away from it, but rather experience it as the finest form of art. It is the most raw, natural form of art and we must once again learn to embrace it.