Let’s Do Away With These 5 Body Shaming Opinions

Inspired by body positive activist Virgie Tovar and also this recent post on Mic, “5 Body Shaming Opinions That Everyone Should Quit Saying This Summer” I determined to write my own list of body shaming opinions that naturists are tired of hearing. This list is about how individuals shame the nude body, especially the female body. It’s also about how naturists are shamed for daring to be nude and accept themselves as they’re.
1. Why are folks at the nude beach never the folks you want to see naked?
I brought up this opinion in our 10 common myths about naturism, but here it’s again, as it has everything to do with body shaming.
Naturism isn’t about looking pretty for anyone. Nobody (unless they’re exhibitionists) goes to the unclothed beach to be your eye candy. If you go to a naked beach or naturist resort just to look at bodies you find appealing, in that case your creepy behaviour is called voyeurism.
For quite a while, marketers have already been using the idea of the sand body or “bikini body” to promote specific attractiveness standards and sell products. Those products are somehow assumed to make that specific body type seem attainable to consumers.
The female sand body is slender, toned and tanned with perky breasts and a curvy, solid butt. The male strand body equivalent is slender, tan and muscle.
The belief that people need to pursue and achieve a specific body to see and appreciate the sand is total bullshit.
Playa body weight decrease advertising attempting to gain from body shaming
While the beach body is about looking attractive in a swimsuit, the media and advertising are equally as good at telling folks what they have to look like to be naked in public. Whether it’s indicated nudity or full frontal, it is normally a female model with the best body” and flawless skin trying to sell us something or get the male gaze.
Sexualized nudity is used to sell. But in marketing there is just one version of hot and yet again, it’s nobody’s job or responsibility to meet someone else’s or society’s notion of hot!
We all just want to love the fucking sand.
2. Nudists are overweight and thus encouraging an unhealthy lifestyle.
In a recent blog post, I explained how well-being worries about strangers are actually just another type of fat-shaming.
Someone’s weight doesn’t define health. Being fat will not unexpectedly require someone to divulge their health problems to anyone. Most naturists comprehend and respect others’ right to privacy with regard to health in addition to the right to do what you need with your own body.
Being fat or unhealthy isn’t a failure. Weight or size does not determine an individual’s worth or whether they deserve to be accepted or loved as a human being.
Body Positivity is for ALL bodies!
3. Pubic hair / armpit hair / body hair is obscene or filthy or any sort of telling someone else what to do with body hair.
At some stage, female beauty standards started ordering that women must be hairless. While men’s hair can be an indication of manliness or maleness, female body hair is considered obscene, dirty and unfeminine.
Within the last few years there’s undoubtedly been a rise in body-favorable / feminist activism encouraging girls to grow their hair out (IF they need to) and to not feel embarrassed about it.
Body favorable drawing saying http://nudismphotos.net/posts/i-never-told-my-wife/ is absolutely fine
Still, some people feel the need to inflict their own preferences or shame others for having hair.
This really is the FKK naturist doctrine on body hair: Everyone has the right to do whatever the fuck they want with their body hair, whether it’s on their armpits, genitals, legs, arms, whatever.
Got a personal opinion on body hair? Great, keep it yourself and do what you desire with your own body hair.
4. Naked folks? Genitals? Ew, I don’t desire to see that.
Body shame is still a big problem as it pertains to particular body parts and their natural functions. We still have those old puritan religious principles that declared the human body to be obscene.
This dilemma is also tied up with sexual shame. Folks are instructed to conceal their sex organs. In schools, most are still instructed to ignore their sexual urges with abstinence-only sex education. Pupils learn about their sexual parts in school via anatomical drawings. They’re left to imagine what real naked bodies appear to be. Or they get a wholly unrealistic idea from Internet porn.
And so, beach voyeur . The disgust people feel about their own bodies is projected onto others.
The Ew, I don’t desire to see that opinions regularly come up around public events like the World Naked Bike Ride when hundreds of cyclists flood the streets to protest against oil dependence.
There’s a simple option for people who don’t want to see: Just. Do not. Look.
5. Women’s breasts are sexual, so women should not be walking around topless.
Women’s breasts will not be sex organs. Their primary function is really to feed infants.
Do some folks derive sexual pleasure from their breasts? Totally. A lot of folks also derive sexual pleasure from their feet. And yet we haven’t banned feet from being seen in public.
Women’s breasts are always sexualized and objectified for benefit. Yet society shames the girl who dares to breastfeed her child in a public place. Policemen arrest and shame girls for trying to appreciate a park while topfree the same way guys do. Folks sexualize and shame the bodies of little girls by making them cover up from a young age.
Breastfeeding and Sexualized Breasts in Advertisements
The actual reason women can not walk around topfree like men, in most places, is absolute sexism.
The Free the Nipple movement has attracted a massive amount of focus to this equality issue. Yet the law still lags behind, and approaches still have to shift.
Here’s an insightful quotation from Laura Dodsworth, writer of Bare Reality, about the female body getting censored and shamed: It Is not what we want to reveal of our bodies, but who gets to determine what may be revealed, in what manner and where, that is finally revealing of women’s place in the world.
So that’s my short list! Naturist or not, what body-shaming opinion(s) are you tired of hearing? Please share in the comments.
Young Naturists & Nudists America