Body Parts and Body Image
Body Image – My pal, Hadassah, has elbows. I have always assumed this but only a brief time ago did I see her elbows for the first time to show that she does have them. It is funny that we have known each other for 14 years yet it was just recently that I saw her elbows. Why did http://modestperson.com/views/today-spent-my-first-time-on-a-nude-beach-today.php occur? Hadassah is of the Orthodox Jewish beliefs, which nubile nudist that her entire body, including elbows and knees, must be covered. I imagine she joined a more reasonable branch of Judaism recently, as her elbows can now be seen. This is a huge change for her- and for me, as I look at her elbows for the first time.
For Hadassah, exposing her elbows was a violation of modesty, as seen by her faith. Her religious beliefs had more emphasis on which body parts are satisfactory to see and reveal, maybe, than most people’s beliefs, but how different are they from modern culture, really? While most folks in the USA would agree that having people see your elbows is fine (and you may acquire some funny faces if you suggest otherwise!), how many individuals have that same good part/ bad part response when talking about a girl’s pubic mound/ labia majora? Or a dick? Or a girl’s breast?
Body Image – Are There Such things As Good Or Poor Parts
These body parts are the parts that are so holy / private/ obscene/ bad they have many, many names. A manhood could be a cock and may have a name, the labia majora may be called a crotch, and a woman’s breast might be called a boob. Even the group of the parts has a name: our private parts or, as some children say, our privates. Naturally, all of US understand numerous other names for all these parts and many parents educate their children to call them some off the wall names. And do not even get me started on what we call the urine or feces that come out of these parts!
All this begs the question of why specific body parts have numerous names and are “prohibited” while other parts just have one name and get no focus. Think of the poor elbow: it only has one name and certainly no pet names. All kids call is simply “elbow” and everyone knows the name of this body part. Not so with the genitals: they’ve numerous names, none of which are to be said in polite conversation. I double-dog-dare you to bring up the status of your dick next time you’re at your family reunion- I am thinking this won’t go well. Compare this with a discussion of your elbow and you will see that there surely is a difference in how discussion of body parts is received.
What I find even more fascinating is that men’s genitalia are typically right labeled- member, scrotum, and testicles- while women’s genitalia are mistaken, even by adults. We discuss the vagina as the part that’s seen when the clothes come off, but, unless you’re the woman’s gynecologist or are very close with her, you are really not seeing her vagina. That is a typical misconception. Let me supply you with a little anatomy lesson, in case you didn’t understand: the vagina is the duct inside of the girl that leads to the cervix. (You will set your Diva Cup in the vagina, for those who have followed Nudist Blog about the Diva Cup.) In case you are at a nudist occasion, you most likely are seeing the girl’s labia majora, otherwise referred to as the pubic mound. It’s also possible to see the labia minora, the inner lips in of the labia majora, if the woman has “protruding labia.” What’s sad to me is that so a lot of people don’t understand this fundamental anatomy- and I am not only talking about kids here!
All the ridiculous labels for genitalia and the incorrect use of the terms of the girl’s genitals are only a direct result the stigma that is certainly attached to these components. So why are these parts “awful”??? In this day and age we can understand this a bit because these are the parts that have been wrong for us to talk about and incorrect for us to see or show since youth. We can understand that and, as nudists, we can take away the dick and labia majora blot by not concealing these components either with garments or in our conversation. That is something that we should help our society to defeat, though! This may begin with first training people on which their parts are, as so a lot of people do not have any notion of what is what. After that, we need to normalize these parts and take their stigma away by handling them with precisely the same admiration as our elbow, which has no blot. But really there’s more.
What more can we do? How do you help others to stop seeing their and your genitalia as awful parts that can be neither seen nor heard about?
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Body Parts and Body Image