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sexuality, instead of promoting healthy body toleration.50
36. Complete nudity is antithetic to the complex semi-pornography of the fashion industry.
fighting but at exactly the same time re kindling this desire--a self-perpetuating process is necessarily set in motion. In
Denial of the human body is not going to be an issue in our family. There was no awareness of taboo with regards to being unclothed, nor was there a feeling that something should have beenhidden. can never actually attain its greatest end except through its disappearance.
modesty there are to be located many vital elements of the sexual urge itself." 51
37. Nudists Talking About Sex Nudists Really Do Have Sex? focuses attention on the genitals and sexual arousal, rather than away from them. 52
At various times in Western history different parts of female human body have been eroticized: abdomens and
Abdomens). Knickers layout has historically highlighted these erogenous body parts: corsets in the 1800s deemphasized
the midriff and emphasized the breasts--using substances including whalebone and steel; the crinoline in
the mid 1800s underscored the waist; as well as the bustle, appearing in 1868, underscored the buttocks.53 Bathing suit
E.B. Hurlock writes: "When primitive individuals are unaccustomed to wearing clothes, setting it on for the
first time will not decrease their immorality, as the ladies of missionary societies think it will. It's just the
Contrary effect. It brings attention to the body, particularly for those parts of it that are covered for the first time." 54
Rob Boyte notes wryly that "fabric individuals, when they do strip in front of others, usually do it for passion, and see
the bikini layout tan-lines attractive.
Reveals how clothes patterns become a fetish of the body." 55 Havelock Ellis writes: "If the conquest of sexual
Want were the first and last factor of life it'd be more practical to forbid clothes than to forbid
nakedness." 56
38. The fashion industry rides on the sex appeal of garments.
Peter Fryer writes: "The changes in women's fashions are basically determined by the need to keep
men's sexual interest, and so to transfer the primary zone of erotic display once a given part of the body has
been saturated with appealing power to the stage of satiation. . . . Each new fashion attempts to arouse interest in a new
57
39. Differences of clothing between the genders focus attention on gender differences.58
Shrink J.C. Flugel writes: "There seems to be (notably in modern life) no crucial element in the
nature, customs, or functions of the two sexes that would necessitate a dramatic difference of costume--other than the


desire to accentuate gender differences themselves; an accentuation that predominantly serves the end of more easily and
Often arousing sexual desire." 59
40. Many psychologists believe that clothing may initially have developed, in part, as a means of
Concentrating sexual focus.60
41. A. No. I wasn't humiliated. My father had only left for Afghanistan and I didn't need to burden my family. They had enough going on without having to worry about me. And I understood my friends back home would disapprove. is more sexually exciting (in often unhealthy ways) than full nudity.
"The more critical clothing is, the more significance attaches to its lack and the
more awareness is created about any relation between the two states." 61 Elizabeth B. Hurlock notes that "it is
unquestionably a well known fact that familiar things arouse no curiosity, while concealment brings enchantment and
stimulates curiosity . . . a cloaked body with only enough covering to imply the outline, is much more alluring than a
totally naked body." 62 And Lee Baxandall finds, "the 'nearly'-nude beaches, where bikinis and thongs are
paraded, are more sexually titillating than a clothes-optional resort or seashore. What exactly is natural is more fulfilling,
though it might not fit the tantalize-and-deliver titillation of our consumer culture." 63
42. Modesty--particularly enforced modesty--simply adds to sexual interest and desire.64
Reena Glazer writes: "Women's breasts are sexually exciting to (heterosexual) men, at least in part
because they are publicly inaccessible; society additionally eroticizes the female breast by tagging it black to expose.
This component of the prohibited just perpetuates the extreme male reaction female exposure allegedly
inspires." 65
43. Topfree66 inequality (requiring girls, but not men, to wear tops) produces an unhealthy obsession
with breasts as sexual objects.
44. The identification of breasts as sexual objects in our culture has caused the discouragement of breastfeeding,
the encouragement of unnecessary cosmetic surgery for breast augmentation, and avoidance of necessary
breast examinations by women.