'The Moral Bath of Bodily Unconsciousness': Female nudism, bodily exposure and the gaze

@article{Barcan2001TheMB,
  title={'The Moral Bath of Bodily Unconsciousness': Female nudism, bodily exposure and the gaze},
  author={Ruth Barcan},
  journal={Continuum},
  year={2001},
  volume={15},
  pages={303 - 317}
}
  • R. Barcan
  • Published 1 November 2001
  • Psychology
  • Continuum
In the predominantly clothed societies of modernity, nakedness is an exceptional state, especially in public space, where it is, by and large, forbidden to adults—except in strictly circumscribed conditions or as a theatrical, subversive or criminal possibility. As a state often associated with childhood, it carries with it a whole metaphorical baggage around ‘innocence’, ‘nature’, and ‘freedom’ that can, in some circumstances, translate into a bodily experience of release. As Freud recognized… 
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