Lots of people find it psychologically difficult to be naked in front of other people. It can be embarrassing, maybe even humiliating. Most of us experience being naked in front of other people at sports centre/swimming pool/gym locker rooms or during medical appointments, but those are situations where nudity is expected and very much the norm. In the former, it’s common for other people to be naked too which can make it much easier to cope with.
Getting completely naked in a situation where no-one would usually expect to be naked and/or where you are the only one naked and everybody else stays fully clothed can be much more embarrassing and harder to do.
Of course, there are many people out there who are not in the least bit shy, or outright enjoy being seen naked by others, but the majority still struggle with embarrassment and shyness. There are also people out there who get a thrill from the embarrassment.
In this photo, Demi has just experienced letting her friend Sarah strip her completely naked. I think it’s safe to say she found this embarrassing. Sarah seems to be enjoying it though!
Here’s an interesting nudity project that took place in Bristol, UK, this Thursday (15th November). Artist Claudio Ahlers recruited eight volunteers to appear naked in Corner 77, a venue in the Stokes Croft area of the city. The eight participants prepared themselves in private prior to being unveiled to the passing public outside.
The artist said the aim of the project was a celebration of common humanity, to show people of varying ages as their genuine selves. As is often the way, male participants completely outnumbered their female counterparts. Even though male nudity seems far more likely to cause offence, women are still less likely to be brave or confident enough to be seen naked in public.
To quote the artist, “Yes, nudity is often considered shocking but it has power and shared humility. Vulnerability shows our genuine selves.”
It would be nice to find out about such installations and events before they happen for once! If you hear about any naked events, please let us know ASAP.