Am I Immoral?

I enjoy my body and being naked. I enjoy looking at other naked bodies, both men and women. I think social nudity is the ultimate freedom. The workings of the human body fascinates me, the curves and angles, the physical differences and imperfections from one person to the next, the textures and patterns of hair, the distinct smells and the mysterious hidden places. I’m captivated by the male penis, the endless variety of sizes and shapes, the way they they get stiff, then shrivel and shrink, the way they squirt semen. Same with the female vulva, how they get swollen and wet and accommodating. I condone any form of physical intimacy between consenting adults. To me all of these things are natural and normal. Certain thoughts pass through my mind everyday.

Does this mean I am immoral? Does it mean my integrity is compromised, that I don’t understand the difference between right and wrong? Do my perspectives conflict with reliability, honesty or positive intellect? Does my appreciation for the human body somehow reflect on my judgement, that I am disqualified from leadership roles in society because I’m not considered a decent person?

Reply:

Of course not. Those who believe you are immoral are victims of their own environments.

If you were born in a fundamentalist Islamic country, for example, you would likely believe western cultures are heathenistic and not to be trusted. Never mind that people in western industrial countries have no ulterior motives concerning these countries other than preventing the spread of terrorism. If you were born in strict Baptist family, taught a literal interpretation of the Bible from your first moments of life, you would likely believe that an appreciation for the human body is equal to impure thoughts, along with a host of other negative sexual perspectives. Never mind the endless Biblical interpretations the world over, or the fact the Bible is a selective collection of gospels decided upon by early autocrats that used religion to control the masses. Sex and the human body were convenient tools they used to influence vulnerable followers who wanted to avoid going to Hell, the same tools used by many of today’s clergy for the same purpose.

It’s up to each individual to rid themselves of these ancient indoctrinations, even if they are of the more subtle variety more common today. Maybe you remember the day your mother took you swimming, when after an hour or two you took off your swimsuit so you could dry off, then heard your mother gasp and say: “You want all these little girls to see you naked?” Her words stuck. They planted in your mind the notion your body is shameful, something that should not be seen, and to expose it would embarrass you. Or instead of an incident at the public pool, it could have been one of any number of similar situations or circumstances, any of which leaving a lifelong imprint. You’ve had reservations about your body ever since.

The key is getting past these implanted phantoms that you may not even be conscious of (you just have these queasy feelings about your body, unaware of their source). A good place to start is to look a the faces of nudists, a long analytical look. See the joy and the sense of freedom in their smiles and expressions. They know, given the right circumstances such a nude beach or swimming hole, how delightful it is to demonstrate the joys of life without clothes, to see and appreciate the natural beauty and diversity of the human body, to have others see you as well, to feel the sun and fresh air on their skin without the weight of inhibitions. And no it’s not a sexual experience, but a sensual one indeed.

You come across them everyday. I’m talking about the guys that puff up and proudly state they aren’t interested in seeing other naked men (you wonder what seeds were planted in their impressionable minds on their paths in life); the woman that condemns a movie on the basis of nudity (when nudity is a basic part of life); the city council that decries the new statue in the park because it reveals a woman’s breasts. You’re surrounded by close-minded people day in and day out. Some will tell you the male body is unsightly. Others will say naked men look ridiculous. And it goes beyond nudity and the human body; it all applies to human diversity and sexuality as well. Often, without hearing their moralist comments, you know what they are thinking. All you can do is shake your head and walk away, grateful the righteous toxins have been purged from your brain.

© Martin Brant

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