What kind of nudity in photography is in good taste?

Started Dec 16, 2004 | Discussions thread
Ethel Contributing Member • Posts: 794
Re: It's a cultural thing

TheStarsAbove wrote:

Hi Phillip,

I went to Europe for a few months and was
surprised how liberal it was about nudity--
esp. in Sweden! There was even a couple with
their baby sunbathing at the lake---which
I thought was perfectly natural, and which nobody
else seemed to think it was "bad".

Maybe the reason it's so crazy in our country, (USA),
is because people label it bad, then people feel shame,
then think well if it's so bad, might as well go all out
and make is disgusting, (porn).

I actually think porn has done untold damage to peoples' perception of what is normal when it comes to dealing with nudity - opinion seems to be polarised on the matter with little in the way of a middle ground. It has, in my opinion, caused people to think and feel exactly like you described above, i.e. mere embarassment has progressed to shame and then disgust. It seems erotic photography is more likely to be classified as pornography these days when in fact "the nude" has been a classic part of art for centuries.

I don't know what it is but people just seem so much more uptight in the US compared to some European countries (not all European countries are as liberal as the Swedes for example) and I'm not sure why. In fact, there seems to be a "moral" wave sweeping through the US which is likely to see attitudes set back about 100 years.

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