This is a comment by Kaija on the post “Results: nudity = not sexual. Even if the other person is attractive. Not a turn on.”
“My family is Finnish and we have the sauna culture, which means that since childhood, you see a range of ages and shapes of nude bodies regularly. First, nudity =/= sexual in Finnish/Nordic cultures. A body is a body and if it’s a sexy time, there’s more to it than someone without clothes on.
“Second, it really helps to have a good realistic idea of what actual people look like naked, i.e., not airbrushed magazine pics, not porn, not models/celebrities. Western, and especially USian, culture has such a complicated concept of sex and shame that gets tangled up with body parts and gender and expectations … Hard to navigate for anyone.”
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