Inspired by body favorable activist Virgie Tovar and this recent post on Mic, “5 Body Shaming Opinions That Everyone Should Cease Saying This Summer” I decided to write my own list of body shaming remarks that naturists are tired of hearing. This list is all about how people shame the nude body, especially the female body. It’s also about how naturists are shamed for daring to be naked and accept themselves as they are.
1. Why are people at the unclothed beach never the people you desire to see naked?
I brought up this remark in our 10 common myths about naturism, but here it is again, as it has everything related to body shaming.
Naturism is not about looking pretty for anyone. Nobody (unless they’re exhibitionists) goes to the nude beach to be your eye candy. If you go to a nude beach or naturist resort merely to look at bodies you find appealing, in that case your creepy behaviour is called voyeurism.
For a long time, marketers have been using the notion of the sand body or “bikini body” to boost particular attractiveness standards and sell products. Those products are somehow assumed to make that certain body type appear attainable to consumers.
The female beach body is slender, toned and tanned with perky breasts and a curvy, solid behind. The male strand body equivalent is slender, tan and muscle.
The notion that people must pursue and reach a certain body to visit and love the playa is total bullshit.
Sand body weight decrease advertisement attempting to benefit from body shaming
While the beach body is all about looking attractive in a swimsuit, the media and marketing are just like effective at telling people what they need certainly to look like to be nude in public. Whether it’s indicated nudity or full frontal, it is usually a female model with the best body” and perfect skin attempting to sell us something or get the male gaze.
Sexualized nudity is employed to sell. But in marketing there’s just one variation of hot and once again, it is nobody’s job or responsibility to fit someone else’s or society’s idea of hot!
We all just want to enjoy the fucking playa.
2. Naturists are heavy and so boosting an unhealthy lifestyle.
In a recent blog post, I explained how health worries about strangers are really only another form of fat-shaming.
Someone’s weight will not define health. Being fat doesn’t suddenly require someone to divulge their health problems to anyone. Most naturists recognize and respect others’ right to privacy in regards to well-being in addition to the right to do what you need with your own body.
Being fat or unhealthy isn’t a failure.
Body Positivity is for ALL bodies!
3. Pubic hair / armpit hair / body hair is gross or dirty or any form of telling someone else what to do with body hair.
At some stage, female beauty standards began ordering that women must be hairless. While men’s hair can be an indication of manliness or masculinity, female body hair is considered obscene, dirty and unfeminine.
In the past few years there is undoubtedly been a rise in body-favorable / feminist activism motivating women to grow their hair out (IF they need to) and to not feel embarrassed about it.
Body positive drawing saying pubic hair is completely acceptable
Still, some people feel the need to inflict their own tastes or shame others for having hair.
This can be the FKK naturist doctrine on body hair: Everyone has the right to do whatever the fuck they want with their body hair, whether it is on their armpits, genitals, legs, arms, whatever.
Got a private view on body hair?
4. Nude folks? Genitals? Ew, I don’t need to see http://nudist-video.net/young-nudist/nude-family-photos-1.php .
Body shame continues to be a huge problem when it comes to certain body parts and their natural functions. We still have those old puritan spiritual principles that held the body to be obscene.
This problem can be tied up with sexual shame. Folks are taught to conceal their sex organs. In schools, most are still instructed to dismiss their sexual urges with abstinence-only sex education. They may be left to figure what actual nude bodies appear to be. Or they get a completely unrealistic notion from Internet porn.
The Ew, I don’t desire to see that comments often come up around public events like the World Naked Bike Ride when hundreds of cyclists flood the streets to protest against oil dependence.
There is an easy option for people who do not want to see: Just. Do not. Look.
5. Women’s breasts are sexual, so girls shouldn’t be walking around topless.
Women’s breasts will not be sex organs. Their primary function is always to feed infants.
Do some people derive sexual pleasure from their breasts? Totally. And yet we have not banned feet from being seen in public.
Women’s breasts are continually sexualized and objectified for gain. Cops arrest and shame women for attempting to love a park while topfree the same way guys do.
Breastfeeding and Sexualized Breasts in Marketing
The real reason girls can’t walk around topfree like men, in http://nudist-young.com/contributions/bum-sexy-beach.php , is pure sexism.
The Free the Nipple movement has attracted a gigantic amount of attention to this equality issue. However the law still lags behind, and approaches still must change.
Here’s an insightful quotation from Laura Dodsworth, writer of Bare Reality, about the female body getting censored and shamed: It’s not what you want to reveal of our bodies, but who gets to decide what may be revealed, in what manner and where, that’s ultimately revealing of women’s location on the planet.
So that is my short list! Naturist or not, what body-shaming comment(s) are you tired of hearing? Please share in the comments.
Young Naturists & Naturists America