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  • I believe that the Japanese practice of communal bathing would do much to demystify the naked form. Americans, in particular, are hung up on it - objectifying women, sexualizing children, and making the sight of the naked body lewd somehow. I went on vacation and the beach was clothing optional. You could easily pick out the Americans - they had to work hard not to stare at those who were sunbathing minus bathing suits.

    What's the big deal? It's just the skin you're in. Perhaps if we all bathed together we would see that there's not much to gawk at. Our bodies, wonderous though they are, are just our bodies. What makes us special comes from inside us.

    There should be no shame attached to being naked. Why does that makes us feel embarassed? We are fat and thin, old and young, big and small, black and white. But we have two eyes, two ears, two legs, two arms - as sure as we are different, more so we are the same. Even naked. Especially naked.

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