Getting to grips with naked

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  • Published 20081107
  • ISBN: 9780733323935
  • Extent: 264 pp
  • Paperback (234 x 153mm)

WHAT IS IT to be naked? To others. And to ourselves. I suppose most of us know nakedness from various experiences of loving and being loved. Or from some childhood memory, perhaps going back to the moments of birth. Or from the experience of illness – a nakedness that comes from being helpless in the hands of others.

Nakedness involves more than a sense of exposure, of being looked at. It’s a matter of being seen in ways tantamount to touch. It is being touched – lookingly – with penetration. When this is permitted, nakedness is an entry into a realm of trust. When it is not, nakedness is some kind of violation.

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