Why is My Naked Body a Crime?


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Hey there, your fly is down! We put so much effort into covering our bodies, that the idea of exposing ourselves in public, even inadvertently after a trip to the loo, is enough to make us blush. Nudity is a taboo that’s so ingrained that being in the buff has become the cliché stress dream.
But it’s more than that. In many places, your naked body is against the law.
So how did our birthday suits go from our natural state to being a crime? We expose the history of clothing and get to the naked truth of why nudity is so taboo in today’s episode of Impolite Society.
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BBC - Earth - We did not invent clothes simply to stay warm
Nudity and Public Decency Laws in America - HG.org
Why is public nudity illegal? The offense principle, the Bible, and taboos.
Barnes v. Glen Theatre, Inc., 501 U.S. 560 (1991) (cornell.edu)
Sex and Reason on JSTOR

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