But though it may seem so simple, it is anything but. A person willing to present their body in all its vulnerability and immediacy to a wider audience enters a complex area of taboos and prejudice, a charged arena, perhaps even a minefield. Those who strip naked to protest for or against something functionalise their own bodies. They take comfort in their secret belief that the entire body or parts thereof have gone to a good cause. By legitimising their display of nudity in this fashion, they overcome the protective function of our innate sense of shame. Feelings of shame are neutralised by the assumption of a value reference.
Why Germans love getting naked in public
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Facebook Twitter Email. CNN — When I was a kid, my father always used to sunbathe nude in our garden at weekends. In public pools, children of all ages were allowed to run around naked all the time. Even now I'm comfortable with getting naked in the sauna or gym changing room. Maybe it's because I'm German. Nudism is traditionally popular in Germany, a country considered buttoned up and conservative compared with, let's say, Italy.
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