Top 10 Mind-Blowers: Nudity


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Nudity Makes Us Ashamed
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Perhaps you're wondering why nudity is so associated with shame.

Most psychologists (as well common sense) will tell you we're not born ashamed of our bodies. Toddlers especially are utterly fearless in their nudity, but along the way we inevitably learn to conform to societal standards, cover up those fleshy bits and become ashamed of what we are beneath our garments.

As discussed in this article by Ransom Riggs, the predominant theory is that too much social gregariousness and too much nudity among early humans simply made for a powder keg of temptation. As such, mandatory clothing and recommended body shame became codified in society as a means of protecting mating pairs.


About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.