Normalising Nudity – Powerful Photo Series


Don’t panic, I’m not about to strip off but I was intrigued by this article in the Mail Online today. A new photography project featuring naked Mormon women ‘hopes to shed light on the religion’s strict codes of modesty’. Well that’s what the blurb says and I wonder if it’s true. I think images of naked women, at least ‘natural images’ have always and will continue to be controversial in society, whatever religion has to say about it. Not that I agree, I think it’s almost a preconceived notion.

Take a look at the article and images and let me know your thoughts…


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  • Jennifer Sharpe

    Yes indeed I agree – a woman’s body unclothed and on public display will always be controversial – particularly in societies where the only women who are publicly naked are not considered “good” women.

    Ironically, I am reading Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, and there is a passage in the book where a Somali man talks about the fact that before women covered up, no one thought much of an elbow or a knee. But when they started to cover, a neck (for example)suddenly became extremely erotic. In other words, in cultures where women are clothed, and nudity outside of a private area is not normal, a state of nudity is extremely taboo and provokes the strongest primal feelings – perhaps much more than it would otherwise be in a culture where nudity is the norm. I’m referring to nudist camps here.

    How does nudity work with art in clothed societies? With a lot of guts on the part of the model and artist, and an insistence to fight against charges of obscenity from people who cannot control their sexual urges very well nor separate them from what is normal, natural, and beautiful. I don’t think it’s a war that will ever be won, honestly, as we will never go back to a place where nudity for both sexes is not a big deal. We’ve had too many centuries of clothing. But that doesn’t mean that artists should give up – it’s one of the important roles of the artist to mirror back to us what we can’t see well on our own, and make us at least think about and question ourselves and our ways. Lack of clothing equalizes everyone and brings home the fact that first and foremost we are creatures of the earth like everything else (i.e. not purely spiritual beings), despite all our attempts to ignore that fact, despise it and wage war on it with every excuse in the book.