The body is meant to be seen, not all covered up.
Handwritten note responding to a question about posing nude, as quoted in International Herald Tribune (5 October 1984)
If people were meant to run around naked, they wouldn't have been born wearing clothes.
And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
Yet, the truth is that nudity in the home, when handled in a respectful, matter-of-fact way, is perfectly natural and certainly not harmful.
The fear that seeing naked people in some way harms children is not supported, however, by academic research. The small handful of studies on this topic in psychology and sociology have shown, instead, that children reared in an atmosphere containing family social nudity may benefit from the practice. If this is true, then proposed laws outlawing either social nudity in the home or children's participation at naturist (or nudist) settings are unjustified.
The more a society requires its respectable women to keep their bodies covered, the more likely those women are to be oppressed.