Possible long-term sexual consequences of Mormon modesty: A guest post by Mette Ivie Harrison

Mette Ivie Harrison

This leads me to wonder: What it is we Mormons are doing if we imagine that young men are so very fragile that the sight of a teenage or middle-aged woman’s legs, arms, or even abdomen cause temptations beyond endurance?

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Naturism and Body Image — The Midwest Naturist

A paper published last January in Britain looked into the effects of naturism on body image and self esteem. They correctly site the problem: “Negative body image in both women and men derives from exposure to, and pressure to achieve, unrealistic ideals of attractiveness.” We are bombarded daily with perfect body shapes in advertising, television, […]

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The Standard of Truth – Part 5 – Repost from ldssdc.info

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The Standard of Truth – Part 5

What’s the Truth About Nudity and Sexual Body Parts?

By Michael S. Ai, Southern California

The belief that “nudity equals sex” is one of the most dominant and emotionally-charged beliefs in our U.S. society.

It seems to be intertwined into so many areas of our lives that I don’t think we can afford to ignore it and just accept it without analysis.This belief has existed for centuries, dating back to the dark ages. And in some ways, it continues to gain strength in our society today, not throughout the world, but primarily in the U.S.

The “nudity equals sex” belief focuses on the idea that some body parts are sexual and should, therefore, be covered up in order to prevent sexual thought, or lust, in one’s self and/or in others.

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The Standard of Truth – Part 4 – Repost from ldssdc.info

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The Standard of Truth – Part 4

What’s the Truth about the Sacredness of the Body and Nudity?

By Michael S. Ai, Southern California

“The body is sacred; therefore, cover it.”

This is probably the most common argument used by the “nudity is evil” proponents. This belief provides the reasoning for the rest of their arguments.

From this perspective, God gave Adam & Eve the coats of skins to cover their nakedness “because their bodies are sacred and should be covered.” The coats of skins represent the garment of the Holy Priesthood and should be worn at all times “because the body is sacred and should be covered.”

Interestingly, the reason for the “coats of skin” was never given, other than to “cover their nakedness.” On the other hand, when we take symbolic interpretation, we find that the reason is clearly given, and it has nothing to do with physical clothing or the body itself.

Now, the fascinating thing about this “cover the body because it’s sacred” argument is that it’s the argument that’s riddled with the most glaring inconsistencies and contradictions.

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The Standard of Truth Part 3 – Repost from ldssdc.info

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The Standard of Truth Part 3

What’s the Truth about Garments and Nudity?

By Michael S. Ai, Southern California

According to the literal interpretation of the Adam & Eve story, after Adam & Eve were cast out of the Garden of Eden for partaking of the forbidden fruit, God gave them coats of skin “to cover their nakedness.”

We’re instructed that these coats of skin represented the “garment of the holy priesthood.” Those to whom the garment is given are instructed to wear it night and day throughout their lives.

Using a literal interpretation to the above, the following conclusions have been drawn:

  • Because God gave Adam and Eve coats of skin to cover their nakedness, nudity is against God’s will, making it evil
  • The garment is to be worn at all times

Do these conclusions meet the Standard of Truth?

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The Standard of Truth Part 2 – Repost from ldssdc.info

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The Standard of Truth Part 2

What’s the Truth regarding Adam and Eve’s nakedness in the Garden of Eden?

By Michael S. Ai, Southern California

The story of Adam and Eve is one of the primary arguments used by the proponents of the “nudity is evil” concept. Since it’s one of the first stories in scripture, I’ll examine this argument first.

As with all scripture, we have two interpretive paradigms: (1) literal interpretation, in which the words of the scripture are taken at their literal meaning; and (2) symbolic interpretation, in which the symbols of the scripture are examined for their representative meaning.

The symbolic interpretation, by its very nature, produces many levels of meaning depending on the interpreter’s ability to understand and readiness to accept the deeper truths. The deeper we go with symbolic interpretation, the closer we get to understanding the mysteries of godliness, or in other words, the knowledge of God.

This knowledge of God, which is required for our becoming gods, is buried deep in symbolism so that only those who truly desire to possess it can access it.

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