Experiences of being a nude life drawing model and dealing with taboo body parts, by a student at Western Oregon University.
Can we just take a minute to think about how, if I were to put up an identifiable nude picture of myself, on my own blog, taken in my own bathroom, it could come back around an ruin my life?
let’s just think about how, no matter what I do with my life - become a teacher, a lawyer, a scientist, a professor - a photograph of my naked body could render largely null and void the value that others would be willing to give to me.
It would not matter if I were a virgin - it would not matter if I meant them for a lover’s eyes only - it would not matter whether or not I did it for money - my own naked body could actually ruin my life and my work.
Can we just think about that? That is powerful, and not in a good way.
There’s a group of people that worry about this all the time..naturists! It can’t ruin every kind of career, but it is an issue. It shouldn’t be. It shouldn’t be an unforgivable crime to show anyone and everyone what your body looks like. What you look like basically. How does a nude photograph in any way reflect on how good of a teacher or scientist or lawyer you are? It doesn’t. We need to de-stigmatize nudity so people don’t have to worry about getting fired every time they go to a nude beach or every time they post a photo of themselves online.
This is why I’m so amazed by and grateful for everyone who’s willing to put themselves out there (literally and figuratively), despite.
I had to reblog this because TRUTH, and it had never occurred to me. I see naked bodies all the time in my line of work, & I have long since forgotten that’s even not normal. In fact, maybe I have the right of it in my line of work: bodies ARE normal. Every body is normal, & none of them should have the power to ruin our lives or careers just by existing in a natural state.
shit I worry about a lot.
A review of our first nude cruise on Bare Necessities’ 50th cruise - the Big Nude Boat that sailed with 3,000 naked people in February 2013!
During his “We Saw Your Boobs” song Seth MacFarlane listed off women who’s breasts he’d seen in their movies. As if this isn’t grotesque enough four of the instances he listed were scenes of rape or the character was raped during the movie.
- Hilary Swank in Boys Don’t Cry.
- Jodie Foster in The Accused.
- Jessica Chastain in Lawless.
- Charlize Theron in Monster.
Bad bad bad song. Thanks, Oscars and Seth, for objectifying and injecting more shame into women about showing their breasts.
Body Image Struggles and Seeing Myself Through My Mother’s Eyes
Getting people to open up and share their experiences, struggles, hopes and aspirations, is just one of the things that we do at Young Naturists America. But in my opinion, these personal stories are extremely important. When we share our most intimate fears and experiences we not only begin to heal ourselves but we help others as well. In this instance, I reached out to Rachael in the hopes that she would be willing to talk and share with us her own personal struggles with body image. As we were reading her post… Click here To Read The Entire Post: Body Image Struggles
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