You may or may not know that I do the occasional survey for Yougov and this came through the email:
Most people, I’d suggest, have little problem with this sort of nudity in strictly aesthetic terms:
… though they might in moral or socio-political terms and I’d guess they might possibly draw the line at this. Indeed, it’s a good libertarian debate – aesthetics versus personal freedom no matter what. Google’s attitude to this nudity above, vis-a-vis google ads, will be interesting.
As far as I can see, that young “lady” doesn’t offend me in the least but what might is if:
1. They were grannies or others who should really keep their clothes on for aesthetic reasons, including myself;
2. It was being done rampantly. In socio-political terms, it is certainly the precursor to other things when it becomes the norm. Just as the percentage of Muslims in a community really does determine how the community reacts, then on nudity – as long as it is Femen or sportspeople or a few others, it’s not going to bring down society in itself, even if it is the thin edge of the wedge.
When everyone in the society sees it as open slather, the history of such societies is that something else gets in there as well and it’s not nice. Societies like that, e.g. between wars Paris and Berlin, go down and it’s not pretty. It’s a male fantasy that it would be nice to have a law that young women should be naked but if you look at the whole cross-section of young women, you might modify that fantasy to “just those young women who fall into the nubile category”.
In the interests of fairness, of course, we have to run a naked boy:
Anyway, to the nudity quiz:
1. What’s the name for fear of nudity?
2. What is the statue called in Cap d’Agde?
3. Name the Clouseau filmpartly set in a nudist resort.
4. Seven Mile Beach in Negril, Jamaica is not nudist – what is it?
5. Should there be age/body shape limits to nudity?
Answers to 1-4 later.