The Right to be Publicly Naked: A Defence of Nudism

  title={The Right to be Publicly Naked: A Defence of Nudism},
  author={Bouke Vries},
  journal={Res Publica},
  • B. Vries
  • Published 1 August 2019
  • Political Science
  • Res Publica
Many liberal democracies have legal restrictions on nudism. This article argues that when public nudity does not pose a health threat (which it seldom does), such restrictions are unjust. To vindicate this claim, I start by showing that there are two weighty interests served by the freedom to be naked in public. First, it promotes individual well-being; not only can nudist activities have great recreational value, recent studies have found that exposure to non-idealised naked bodies has a… 
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