'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}
}
  • Ruth Barcan
  • Published 2001
  • Sociology
  • 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… CONTINUE READING

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