Nakedness Has Nothing To Do With Clothes

Self-disclosure is not exhibitionism, it is more an act of self-discovery.

Self-disclosure is an act of self-discovery.

I found this post title at a website called Fully Disclothed, a blog site that brings the words and photos of people in Toronto, Canada as an act of disclosure. As I wandered through the site and listened to the words of those who took photos of themselves, or had a trusted person take their photos, I realised that what I do here at Through a Naturist Lens, is much the same.

Over the many, many posts, regardless of whether I use images of myself, of nature, or of others, I am always disclosing, discovering and curiously becoming a healthier person. Do we realise that everything that we post, whether on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or any other media – reveals to ourselves and others something about which we are usually unaware? Do we dare stand back and wonder at the images, the comments and the attitudes?

I am writing a novel as many of my readers are already know. It is a work of fiction. Yet, can a work of fiction really be all fiction? I doubt it. It is impossible to keep the unconscious self contained because none of us know, let alone control, those things about ourselves hidden in the unconscious shadows. But they do appear in our words, in our attitudes, in our images we paint, draw, photograph; or the images that get noticed.

5 thoughts on “Nakedness Has Nothing To Do With Clothes

  1. The more I read your posts and explore the links you provide the more intrigued I become over the questions regarding naturism/nudity and social nudity in particular and the psychological effects of the fear of nudity and body shame on individuals and the social, political and cultural soup we are all immersed (drowning?) in. The link to the Fully Disclothed project is very informative. The personal comments behind the pictures are indeed revealing. I was struck by those who expressed the nearly immediate release of the fear to be replaced by a feeling of freedom.

    Perhaps eventually modern brain research and the use of such diagnostic tools as functional MRI (fMRI) machines will identify the brain response mechanisms at work in social nudity encounters and the brain chemicals released that produce a feeling of greater trust and emotional intimacy. Perhaps also the DNA genes responsible will also be identified. Those lacking such genes may be individuals who are unable to develop trust and emotional relationships. Some may even prove to be previously identified psychopaths and/or sociopaths.

    Perhaps the work of James H. Austin, M.D. on the effects of meditation on the brain will be duplicated with respect to social nudity.

    I get the feeling that there is much more at work here and that the “popular”, and predominantly Internet based, view of naturism is so distorted, and increasingly so, that some really basic science has to be done to create a stable basis for the practice otherwise it will continue to be regarded as a barely tolerable perversion by the vast majority. The combination of a hard science approach and the Jungian approach that you are promoting may eventually result in a broader acceptance. However, it is indeed an uphill battle.




    • I wonder if “broader acceptance” is the goal? From a Jungian standpoint, it is about the individual, who has the work of becoming conscious, aware. And in that process, evokes change one ripple at a time. Thanks, Bill.


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