What do people mean when they say a nude photograph is offensive? What do they really mean when they say they are "offended" by a nude pic. Do they mean they feel anger when they see a nude pic?
I've long thought about this and I'm sure nude photos don't excite anger. Recently I've seen photos on Facebook of elephants that had their tusks removed along with half the faces. The photos made me burning with rage against the poachers. I can say the photos made me very angry but I wouldn't say the photos are offensive. What kind of photos are offensive?
There can only be a few reasons why anyone would find a photo of a nude person offensive.
1. They find the photo sexually stimulating because they associate nudity with sex. Many textile people I know are obsessed with sex and for them nudity is to be equated with sex. When they see a nude photo, they get all excited and they can't function for the rest of the day. Naturally, they would be offended when they next see another nude photo. They know the sight of a nude photo would ruin their day – they can't help but think of sex and the day's work would all be left undone.
2. They were victims of sexual abuse and a nude photo reminds them of the trauma they suffered.
Apart from these two reasons, I can't think of another reason why anyone would be offended by a nude photo. Should we remove nude photos only because sex-obsessed people and those who need therapy for past traumas might be offended by them? Are our "decency" laws all based on the viewpoint of sex-obsessed people?