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As one common story goes, Adam and Eve, the first man and woman, had no idea that there was any shame in their lack of clothes; they were perfectly confident in their birthday suits among the animals of the Garden of Eden. All was well until that day when they ate from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil and went scrambling for fig leaves to cover their bodies. Since then, lucrative businesses have arisen to provide many stylish ways to cover our nakedness, for the naked human body now evokes powerful and often contradictory ideasand#8212;it thrills and revolts us, signifies innocence and sexual experience, and often marks the difference between nature and society. In A Brief History of Nakedness psychologist Philip Carr-Gomm traces our inescapable preoccupation with nudity.

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Rather than studying the history of the nude in art or detailing the ways in which the naked body has been denigrated in the media, A Brief History of Nakedness reveals the ways in which religious teachers, politicians, protesters, and cultural icons have used nudity to enlighten or empower themselves as well as entertain us. Among his many examples, Carr-Gomm discusses how advertisers and the media employ images of bare skinand#8212;or even simply the word and#8220;nakedand#8221;and#8212;to garner our attention, how mystics have used nudity to get closer to God, and how political protesters have discovered that baring all is one of the most effective ways to gain publicity for their cause. Carr-Gomm investigates how this use of something as natural as nakedness actually gets under our skin and evokes complicated and complex emotional responses.

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; From the naked sages of India to modern-day witches and Christian nudists, from Lady Godiva to Lady Gaga, A Brief History of Nakedness surveys the touching, sometimes tragic and often bizarre story of our relationships with our naked bodies.and#160;

About the Author

Philip Carr-Gomm is aand#160;writer, psychologist, psychotherapist, andand#160;the author of many books, including The Druidcraft Tarot and The Druid Planet Oracle.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Bharat's Mirror

1and#160;and#160; Clothed with the Sky

2and#160;and#160; Beside the Jhelum and the Jordan

3and#160;and#160; Naked Rebellion

4and#160;and#160; The Prime Minister of Britain has Nothing to Conceal

5and#160;and#160; The Death of Shame

6and#160;and#160; The Hero's Return




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Glenda, September 22, 2011 (view all comments by Glenda)
While we have all seen streakers at sporting events, it is only thanks
to Philip Carr-Gomm that I now know about "reverse streaking". This
occurs at the annual nude rugby game at St. Kilda beach, New Zealand,
when a clothed spectator runs across the field among the naked

A Brief History of Nakedness, is a combination of history, philosophy
and polemic. Carr-Gomm offers an overview of attitudes towards
nakedness throughout history before devoting most of the book to the
cultural, artistic, and political uses of nakedness. Our individual
and societal reactions to nakedness are challenged, and I must admit
that my own opinions on public nudity were affected thanks to the
book's discussion of nakedness throughout the world and through time.

I don't buy all of Carr-Gomm's philosophy, but this survey of an
underdiscussed concept is well worth the read. You might also enjoy
the photos. :-)
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Carr-gomm, Phillip
Reaktion Books
Carr-Gomm, Phillip
Carr-Gomm, Philip
General History
World History-General
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