April 05, 2006
by: jovial_cynic
This is in response to a comment to the previous post, shown here:

As A European I think you're equating nudity with sex, to be honest.
Just because prostitution is legalised it certainly doesn't mean all men in a location where that's the case will " and legally act on their urges with prostitutes".
Simple nudity, per se, is boring, period. On any European beach it's perfectly acceptable for a woman to sunbathe topless and no-one bats an eyelid as it's the norm.
Men view women as objects of sexual gratification in places like New Orleans where women will flash their breasts in return for some beads, or the like, not by sunbathing on a beach.

I stated in the post that it's difficult to pinpoint cause and effect -- I think there may be a correlation, but I'm certainly not suggesting a causative relationship.

I agree that there is a sharp difference between New Orleans breasts and European beach breasts. In New Orleans, the intent is (pardon the pun) titillation. It's meant to arouse and intice, and is certainly sexual in nature... as is the Spring Break phenomenon. One might argue that the "Wardrobe Malfunction" incident was meant to be titillating as well.

However, the science and nature shows on public television are known to show bare breasts of women in tribal villages without any FCC retribution, and there is a clear lack of contextual sexualization.

That said, I do not suggest that we should equate nudity with sex. Nudity need not imply sex, but we likely agree that the reverse is true. And if that's the case, I suggest that a society that legalizes prostitution might not be the most appropriate society to use as a gauge for whether televised or public nudity is an issue or not, because they are closely related.
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