I live in a society that's extremely conservative and it's as likely to bump into another naturist here as it is to meet a pink unicorn with purple polka dots on its body. Naturally, friends have asked me what made me a naturist and why have I no "shame". In the Oriental context, shame is something everyone talks about when he or she thinks of nudism.
I always show my wife who isn’t a naturist all the photos I take in naturist settings. Her usual criticism is I should not stand like a tourist facing the camera when I’m naked. It’s not tasteful to show the male genitals in photos. She appeals to all the artistic nude photos where the male organ is always “tastefully” concealed.
Frankly, this is something I totally disagree with and I always want to make a stand on this. The major reason why I’m a naturist is I want to rebel against this mindset that there exists a part of my body that is obscene or distasteful and should be concealed from the public view. As I always tell my wife, she is at liberty to think of her own body as obscene and vile but my body is not. My naked body is certainly far from perfect and it’s not something you would want to place in a pornographic magazine (it’s sure to make any viewer gladly take the most sacred vow of chastity) but I have never professed to be a porn star. You see, people who say the genitals are distasteful are usually the same people who confuse a naturist photo with a pornographic photo. And I’m not slamming them. The world has conditioned a lot of us to think that way and in my experience, even some naturists fall into the trap of confusing the two and they will speak with great disapproval of any photo in which the subject has not taken great pains to hide his genitals.
Some of my friends think I have an axe to grind when I openly post my photos online and they are right. I really want to rebel against this unilateral decision to relegate a part of my body to the category of obscene or inappropriate. I find that absolutely unacceptable and I can sometimes be quite angry when I think about it.
I have a theory why most people find genitals (particularly male genitals) offensive. It has something to do with our primordial past. We know that primates have this tendency of exhibiting their genitals to establish their right to mate with their group of females. This crotch display is intended to subjugate other male primates into giving up their right to mate with the females in the vicinity. Despite thousands of years of civilization, our hackles are raised every time we see the male genitals because of this behavioural trait of alpha male primates to do a crotch display. It’s instinctive in us.
But we, like all primates and many other animals, have the same primordial propensity to bite anything that is placed close to our mouth. But we don’t do that. That’s because we are now civilized and have been so for thousands of years. This distaste for the unconcealed genitalia can be traced to our pre-civilization animalistic past.
So, I always tell my wife that if she wants to behave like a genteel civilized woman who has got over her ancient ape-like instincts, she should not feel any discomfort over photos of frontal nudity.
I know it can sometimes be “artistic” if a person poses to the side but I’m a pleb in the world of art so generally, I stand facing the camera when I’m clothed and there is no earthly reason why I should be any different when I’m naked. Of course sometimes, I do try to be artistic and I might take pics like this:
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But most of the time, I have to be true to myself. If I naturally pose facing the camera when I'm clothed, I wouldn't be honest if I say I truly believe nudity is natural and yet I carefully conceal my crotch when I'm posing naked. And if I think showing the genitalia is distasteful, I have to get rid of my primordial animalistic instinct. It's too bad if some people (my textile wife included) find this distasteful. This is how I naturally pose for a pic whether clothed or naked so there.
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