Sex and the nude in the U.S.A























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The nude body has become a part of our every day lives. We see nude on television, on billboards, in books, and everywhere. It has now become an attention grabber that implies sex. It is hard to find any advertisement that does not at least imply sex. When you see alcohol advertisement you see an attractive man or woman (often both) with close contact implying that this drink could possibly get you sex, or make you sexy. With cigarette advertisement you often see a slim, shapely woman with a “sexy” look about her that implies that cigarettes can give you this look. “Capitalism survives by forcing the majority, whom it exploits, to define their own interests as narrowly as possible.” (Berger, page 154) On television all the big stars are dressing skimpy and leaving little to the imagination, which gets them front-page headlines for their sex appeal. I really don’t think that there is anything wrong with this, because the bottom-line is, sex is a very important part of every adult life. It has been a repressed part of our lives for a very long time before now. We as American still have a long way to go but we are definitely moving forward. I am not one that believes that free for all sex is okay, but I do believe that sex should not be a taboo thing as we are taught from childhood. What I don’t like is how the body is misrepresented as just a sex symbol. It’s to the point that if you show your body you are taken less serious because sex is on the brain of the viewer and not the appreciation for the body and the beauty of it. Bodies are unique things because no two are the same. And each one is beautiful in its own way.


Maybe the body is not appreciated because it is always seen in the nude form. The difference between nude and naked is that naked is not having an audience or viewer, and nude is to know that someone is watching, which then changes the subjects innocence and some natural beauty. When the Greeks used nude bodies as their art pieces it was not about sex. They used them in the form of appreciation of the body. I guess you can say that they used the nude bodies in the naked sense. Today, when we see a nude in art we can’t think past relating it to sex. I feel like this is a major disadvantage because it seems that if we weren’t so stuck on that idea that we could go a lot further in life and its true pleasures. Maybe if society didn’t put so much emphasis on sex there would be less marital affairs, raping, and sexual dissemination. As long as we continue to make sex number one in everything that we see on television, hear in music, view in magazines, our minds will always put it high on our priority list. As the Greeks passed or observed their nude statues or art I’m almost sure that the first thought that entered their minds was not whoa he or she is sexy. Where these things fell out of original context I’m not sure. But I feel like the impression that the body should and could only be appreciated for sexual needs is started at a very young age. Even characters in cartoons, such as Jessica rabbit, are portrayed as sex symbols. Jessica Rabbit is a good example of the way cartoons use the body to exploit sex. The way she is drawn and her style of dress is very sexy and particularly appealing to men. Eyes bulging and hearts pounding through the chest show this. This sends the message that if you are a male you are supposed to be excited and act somewhat out of control when you see a good looking woman, and if you are a female this is the look that a woman should try to achieve in order to win a mans attention. The conditioning to subscribe to this school of thought begins at an early age. We are a product of our environment.