Naturist Philosopher

Playwrights don’t produce a large number of works that contain explicit nudity or even deal with the subject of nudity ? or at least not works that are commonly performed. Obviously, that’s because of the formidable taboos against nudity in most modern societies.

However, since the best playwrights tend to be exceptionally intelligent and exceptionally acute observers of human nature, many probably have much more realistic and positive attitudes towards nudity than is apparent from their public works. We’ve already dealt with Shakespeare. Here’s what George Bernhard Shaw has to say:

We live in an atmosphere of shame. We are ashamed of everything that is real about us; ashamed of ourselves, of our relatives, of our incomes, of our accents, of our opinions, of our experience, just as we are ashamed of our naked skins.[1]

Now, that’s not direct praise of nudity. But the implication is clear: Humans are…

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