Body Parts and Body Image
Body Image – My pal, Hadassah, has elbows. I’ve always supposed this but just a brief time ago did I see her elbows for the first time to establish that she does have them. It is funny that we have known each other for 14 years yet it was just recently that I saw her elbows. Why did this occur? Hadassah is of the Orthodox Jewish religion, which orders that her entire body, including elbows and knees, must be covered. I reckon she joined a more moderate branch of Judaism Lately, as her elbows can now be seen. This is a huge change for her- and for me, as I look at her elbows for the first time.
For Hadassah, exposing her elbows was a violation of modesty, as seen by her religion. Her religious beliefs had more emphasis which body parts are okay to see and show, possibly, than most people’s beliefs, but how different are they from modern tradition, really? While most individuals in the USA would concur that having people see your elbows is fine (and you may acquire some funny faces if you imply otherwise!), how many people have that same good part/ bad part answer when talking about a girl’s pubic mound/ sex on the beach ? Or a member? Or a girl’s breast?
Body Image – Are There Such matters As Good Or Poor Components
These body parts are the parts that are so sacred / private/ obscene/ poor that they have many, many names. A penis could be a cock and may have a name, the labia majora may be called a crotch, and a woman’s breast might be called a boob. Even the group of the parts has a name: our private parts or, as some children say, our privates. Of course, we all understand numerous other names for all these parts and many parents instruct their children to call them some off the wall names. And do not even get me started on what we call the urine or feces that come out of these parts!
All this begs the question of why specific body parts have numerous names and are “prohibited” while other parts only have one name and get no focus. Think of the poor elbow: it only has one name and surely no pet names. All kids call is just “elbow” and everyone understands the name of the body part. Not so with the genitals: they have numerous names, none of which are to be said in polite conversation. I double-dog-dare you to bring up the status of your member next time you are at your family reunion- I am thinking this will not go well. Compare this with a discussion of your elbow and you will see that there is a massive difference in how discussion of body parts is received.
What I find even more fascinating is that men’s genitalia are commonly accurately tagged- member, scrotum, and testicles- while women’s genitalia are confused, even by adults. We talk about the vagina as the part that’s seen when the clothes come off, but, until you’re the woman’s gynecologist or are extremely intimate with her, you’re actually not seeing her vagina. That is a typical misconception. I would like to give you a little anatomy lesson, in the event you didn’t know: the vagina is the canal inside of the woman that leads to the cervix. (You’ll place your Diva Cup in the vagina, for those who have followed Nudist Blog about the Diva Cup.) If you are at a naturist event, you most likely are seeing the woman’s labia majora, otherwise called the pubic mound. It’s also possible to see the labia minora, the inner lips in of the labia majora, if the woman has “protruding labia.” What is http://spynudism.net to me is that so many people do not know this basic anatomy- and I’m not only talking about children here!
All of the ridiculous labels for genitalia and the wrong use of the terms of the woman’s genitals are simply a result of the stigma which is attached to these components. So why are these parts “bad”??? In this very day and age we can understand this a bit because these are the parts that have been wrong for us to talk about and incorrect for us to see or show since youth. We can understand that and, as naturists, we can take away the manhood and labia majora blot by not hiding these parts either with garments or in our conversation. That is something which we should help our society to beat, though! This may begin with first educating people on what their parts are, as so many people don’t have any idea of what’s what. After that, we must normalize these parts and take their stigma away by treating them with the same respect as our elbow, which has no blot. But really there’s more.
What more can we do? Just how do you help others to quit seeing their and your genitalia as awful parts that can be neither seen nor heard about?
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36 year old nudist from Catskill, NY. Love life, hiking, climbing trees, writing, and helping individuals. Been a naturist since the age of 28 and discovered it to be a life altering manner of living.
Body Parts and Body Image