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    Do you think nudity in art can affect a persons sexuality?

    I was wondering about this the other day. Going to drawing classes, constantly seeing human beings nude and studying them, or just looking at a lot of art containing nudity - could it psychologically affect a persons libido or a persons view on sexuality in any kind of way? If anybody knows of any good articles related to this, please post them.


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    No. Definitely no.

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    Y'know, there are and have been whole cultures where people see each other nude all the time. As far as I can tell, it's never made them any different from people anywhere else.

    Plus outside of America and certain other conservative countries, you can find plenty of pictures of naked people all over the place in art, ads, comics, and other popular media. The whole idea that seeing naked people is in any way damaging is mostly due to puritanical tendencies brought on by religious zealots in places like the US.

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    Probably. At least, when your sexuality is still being developed. I don't know how malleable it is once you are an adult. But then every other thing you experience in life is also probably messing with you. Do you ever stand in a store in the produce aisle and watch someone picking out peppers and wonder whether it's affecting your sexuality? Or how about advertising -- most of those ads are explicitly trying to mess with your brain to get you to buy stuff. Do you ever wonder if deodorant commercials are screwing with your sexuality? I think that looking at naked people in art is one of the LEAST of our worries, you know? Because like... naked people. They're pretty normal. But using sexual suggestion to try and form an attachment between you and shampoo, that's kinda fucked up.
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    It can't. American and some other cultures' hatred of nudity is a recent aberration.

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    I'm American and I love nudity everywhere except on my favorite chair.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vineris View Post
    Probably. At least, when your sexuality is still being developed.
    PROBABLY NOT. I grew up around hippies, I saw naked people all the time from day one, I don't think it did anything to me. Or if anything, it made me more sane and healthy and willing to accept people and their bodies and my body as what they are than if I'd been constantly told that nudity was shameful when I was growing up.

    If you ask me, people trying to make kids ashamed of their own bodies is MUCH more of a thing to worry about than seventeen+ year olds drawing nudes.

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    Yes. It will make you realize that nudity in itself is has nothing to do with sex, it's just the way people look without clothes.

    In todays society the only time we view other people naked is generally in sexual situations. This conditions us to think they're one and the same. So I think going to nude life drawing classes is a very healthy thing for your view on sexuality.
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    I knew I shouldn't have taken my son life drawing when he was 12. Explains so much - like how he's (mostly) normal for a 17yo now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QueenGwenevere View Post
    PROBABLY NOT. I grew up around hippies, I saw naked people all the time from day one, I don't think it did anything to me. Or if anything, it made me more sane and healthy and willing to accept people and their bodies and my body as what they are than if I'd been constantly told that nudity was shameful when I was growing up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vineris View Post
    But using sexual suggestion to try and form an attachment between you and shampoo, that's kinda fucked up.

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    I doubt it's affected my sexuality, but being used to seeing nudity from an academic perspective does take away some of the impact it appears to have on other people. I find it very strange how seriously other people in my country respond to nudity (while being totally fine with ultra-violence).
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    Quote Originally Posted by SmallPoly View Post
    I find it very strange how seriously other people in my country respond to nudity (while being totally fine with ultra-violence).
    You're forgetting the constant issue over videogame violence.

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