• Thu, May 19 2011

More Americans Are Posing Nude Than Ever Before, And That’s Okay

As Jessica reported yesterday, Playboy recently released the results of its annual sex survey. Some of the results were surprising, some were predictable, and some were just depressing. But perhaps one of the most divisive tidbits was this:

“27 percent of men and 23 percent of women have been photographed or filmed nude, and 15 percent of men and 9 percent of women have been photographed or filmed while having sex.”

That’s like one quarter of everyone!

I can predict pearl clutching from all sides of this issue. The social conservatives are going to crow about how sex on the teevee has robbed us young folks of our morals, while those meddlesome anti-porn feminists are going to mourn how complicit us girls have become in our own objectification. And the people who write alarmist things about technology for a living (often on the Internet…oh, the irony) are going to say we’ve become a nation of electronically abetted narcissists. “Steve Jobs has stolen all our souls by giving us easy access to immodest activities!” they will cry. And parents everywhere will worry and fret, and then ultimately upgrade their kid to the new iPhone 4.

I’m not saying there aren’t people for whom taking nakie pictures is incredibly problematic. There are probably quite a few doing it who should not be. But look: human beings like to look at each other naked. Human beings also like to show off their pretty bodies. It can be part of a healthy relationship, it can be a nice memento to look back on when you’re older, and in some cases (like mine and that of everyone I know who does it), it can even be empowering. Let’s stop worrying about people posing for naked pictures and start worrying about the fact that only 7.9% of our wonderful readers–smart, lovely, charming women all of you–love your bodies. I’m not saying everyone should go photograph their tits in the office bathroom right now (that is, unless you are planning to run for office as a Republican, in which case, I think you should definitely go photograph your tits/dick in the office bathroom right now). But there are approximately eleventy billion other things we should be more alarmed over. Naked pictures are simply not among the many things that are going to take down Western society, and you can quote me on that.

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  • Masha

    It’s not okay. Private matters need to stay off the Internet and strictly between a couple. Outraged are many people over 18 who stick to ethics and hate to have their “age group” used in the disgusting context. There is no such thing as an adult nature, the phrase is immoral and derived. Loss of morals is adulterating (no pun…) society, as there are uncountable ways to make money. From a global perspective, our youth are at risk. Their chronological counterparts are imperiling the (moral lives of) these young humans via gendered anatomy and/or reproductive functions. Whether you want to call it XXX, erotica, pornography, etc., nothing of it benefits society, it provides only corruption. Someone turns 18 and gone may be their original ways of thinking even though they were ironically born without clothes. I may be 21 and counting, but I am NOT a derivative.