Projet Nudité - Selection of articles from Le Nouvel

At present, I do not have permission to translate and publish the mentioned articles into English. Until then, all links will point at the original, French articles. My excuses for the inconvenience!

Update 2014

The articles from Le Nouvel no longer exist online. I have left my extract from them on my site for you to read and also for archival purposes.

Introduction to the articles

Nudity and shame have many dimensions. They are discussed at length in the articles of Le Nouvel At the dimension of education and upbringing, « Lorsque l'intimité paraît » discusses the question, if shame already is present in the infant, en so, from what age? Should one tolerate this shame or should one fight it? Then, in « Hypocrisies familiales », Dominique Rolin describes her own story of being brought up in quit a prim family which has been, according to the author, quite hypocrite. What are the consequences of being raised in such a family?

At the dimension of sexuality, « La sensualité à tâtons » is about the history of sexual prudishness in different cultures. « Le sexe non dit » is about the problem of talking about sexuality in a time where about everything is put on display. In « Hardemment », a young girl who is a pornactrice, and in between the shoots also studies philosophy, tells about her relation to her body.

At the dimension of the intimate and private life, « Toilettes privées » tells the history of society getting prude and prim, said otherwise, about the creation of the private life. In « Baignore mode d'emploi », Jean-Claude Kaufmann writes about the personal boundaries which still exist, despite the liberation of ancient morals. « Des seins pas si nus » is about the most public space that exists: the beach. What are the rules to observe while observing eachother, what is to be rejected? And what to think of that strange inversion of not showing one's breasts at home, while publicly showing them on the beach?

At the cultural dimension, in « Des vêtements invisible », Hans Peter Duerr criticizes the famous theory by Norbert Elias of 1939. Duerr arguments that there is a private space in every culture, even if not obvious at first. One doesn't need walls in order to retreat from public. What's more, the development of shame isn't an indication for the measure of civilization. Even the so-called 'primitive' cultures know shame. In « Le corps et l'islam », the question is answered, "What does the Islam think of the body, and what of shame?" See also my newspage. « La pudeur sauvage » explores the universally biological foundation of shame: does it exist at all? In « Les bains nippons », Bruno Birolli writes about Japanese mores, which have quite a different sense of intimacy than their Western counterpart. To conclude, « Le phallus de Shiva » is about India, the land of the Kama-sutra, which has a different concept of shame than in the West, but is, despite its erotic images in some temples, quite prudish.