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"Body shame originates in our minds with our thoughts and perceptions. Neither our religion nor our culture makes us ashamed of our bodies, only our belief that we should be ashamed. Shame comes from our own thoughts which we have the power to change. If we perceive no shame then there is none. No one can make you feel ashamed without your permission."

A Natural State?

Here’s a question I saw on Tumblr today: “Mass participation in pubic hair removal has lead to hairless genitals now being the norm. Would mass erections at nudist events and locations lead to better acceptance of the erection as a natural state of the penis?”

In my mind, the answer is “No.” The natural, default state of the penis is flaccid. While an erection is a natural occurrence, it occurs because there has been some stimulus that has caused blood to flow into the penis causing a physiological change from its default flaccid state. An erection is, therefore, a stimulated state which might be a natural reaction to various stimuli that that man may or may not have any control over but is is not the default or natural state. Even if sporting an erection were become normalized in a nudist setting, it still would not be the natural state of the penis because an erection normally requires some kind of stimulus.

The subject of erections in a nudist setting is a difficult issue. While a boner may be a “natural” occurrence, most nudists would probably agree that they are relatively rare in nudist settings. I know I’ve never gotten an erection at a nudist location or event nor have I witnessed any. An erection might be a natural reaction to stimuli but it’s quite likely to cause offense, particularly if the man flaunts it with disregard for others. Those of us who witness an erection can’t know beyond a reasonable doubt the man’s intentions and are likely to assume the worst. Most will see it as overt sexual intent, not as a complement. I sincerely doubt that increased exposure to erect penises will normalize them or make them appear friendlier.

I’d hesitate to say that hairless genitalia is the norm although it is a very popular option. Has a large enough sample been surveyed to statistically determine if it’s the norm? Even if it turns out that it is the norm, shaved genitalia is not the natural state of our genitals. Pubic hair is the default among most post-pubescent human beings. Removing the pubic hair is a change to the natural state.

3 comments to A Natural State?

  • PeeJay

    On the subject of hair, pubic hair comes in all quantities and lengths depending on the grower, so if it’s trimmed or shaved i think that qualifies as a variation on the natural state rather than a change. We also have to consider the wider implications of natural hair, which is variously shaped, trimmed, shaved on the face and head, and often disappears of its own accord! Why should we treat pubic hair differently?

  • I see shaving, trimming, and dyeing of the hair (facial, pubic, head, etc) as introduced changes to its natural state, its state if we did nothing to it. Variations on the natural state would be our natural hair color, its thickness and texture, the length it would grow to if left untrimmed, as well as natural thinning, graying, or other changes that occur naturally. That’s just my perspective which others may or may not see as valid.

    I only commented about pubic hair based on its inclusion in the original question as far as the normalization of pubic shaving related to the potential normalization and acceptance of erections in a nudist setting. What one does with their own pubic hair is none of my concern.

    For the most part, an erection is a “natural” state of the penis in response to a stimuulus of some kind. How we react to it, whether as the possessor or the viewer, is dependent upon context and intention, neither of which can always be accurately determined. Generally speaking, in a nudist setting, an erection is considered to be, at best, an innocent embarrassment or, at worst, a sexual threat. Even if it’s meant as a compliment, it is not likely to be seen as such. I would agree that a erection can be friendly (in the right context) but the general perception is quite the opposite.

    My purpose is not to convince anyone that my point of view is correct; I’m just putting it out there.

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