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NAKED IS AS NAKED DOES
The male body is hairy and lumpy
And should not be seen by the light of day
Americans do not mind seeing people murdered on their television screen and they love watching heads flying and limbs severed at the movies. They like the rat-a-tat-tat of gunfire, bodies strewn across the pavement and little children crying for their lost mummies and daddies. The more violence the better. That is the American way.
The truth is that violence and tragedy make great entertainment. So does pornography. Americans actually prefer to watch lust happening even more than they like doing it. What a thrill to see a man and women tearing each other’s genitals to pieces or whipping and chaining each other for the sheer pleasure of hearing them scream. Porn is almost as popular in America as violence. We watch both every day and love it all.
But let some poor schnook walk outside to get the newspaper in the altogether and he ignites public outrage. “It offends me to see anyone that way,” said one insulted observer. “It is disgusting.”
That is why San Francisco decided to compromise its image of freedom of expression and tolerance of the odd-ball and ban public nudity from its streets. No more can raunchy old men spread a towel on a stone bench and sun themselves in the Castro district. No more, can its citizens strip to the flesh to bathe in the afternoon sun. San Francisco now supports the theory that our bodies are so hideous they must be concealed in public. No matter, that liberated women, forward thinking men and eating disorder specialists are trying to make us comfy with our diverse shapes and sizes. In San Francisco, it is pc to be ashamed.
Now, it seems that the Japanese, too are offended by nudity, but they have taken it one step further. They do not want to see representations of the human body, much less the real thing. Michelangelo’s David was presented to the town of Okuizumo and the inhabitants ran for cover. “It’s frightening the children and worrying the adults with its nakedness,” said one of the town’s bigwigs.
I can only assume that they have also stripped their museums of reproductions of Van Gogh’s NUDE WOMAN ON A BED or Renoir’s AFER BATHING not to mention Whistler’s shocking NUDE GIRL WITH A BOWL.
Obviously, the very sight of a naked body horrifies the more sensitive among us. It is difficult to understand why we think the sight of a penis or a breast will frighten our children more than the sight of shattered limbs and battered heads. Will our innocent youth smash the bathroom mirror when one day they see those very banned organs protruding from their own bodies?
The truth is that in America our bodies are considered repulsive and offensive unless we film them and flaunt them on a screen. The only answer to this dilemma is to cover every baby at birth with ornamental tattoos so that as they mature, no one will recognize the new growth. And everyone will be amazed when it rises to an occasion.
I don’t even like to be naked
In front of myself!