Identity: Cultural Body Image Debate – Modesty vs. Nudity

There is a divide in the feminist world, and in society in general on whether or not dressing modestly or embracing nudity is the key to empowering women.

The Definition of Modesty
Modesty and demureness is a mode of dress intended to encourage women to not show too much of their features. It is usually the community standards of beauty and considered to demonstrate ‘decency’. However, in some cultures, the standards of modesty vary from Muslim women who choose to wear the hijab or the burqa to conceal their hair and face and long scarves for their body to westernised standards of modesty, which involve clothes that don’t show too much skin.

The Definition of Nudity
We have all seen the definition of nudity on our social media screens with celebrities like Kim Kardashian comfortably showing off her body on the regular. Thanks to the rise of social media, a lot of women are following her path such as Australian actress, Caitlin Stasey, an advocate for female empowerment and nudity. These empowering nudist movements for females demonstrate that women should not be sexualised but in fact embracing their natural form publicly and without the notion of ‘inviting’ or ‘encouraging’ men to objectify their bodies emphasising the value of consent.

Source: BlogNotizie
Source: BlogNotizie
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Source: PBS
Source: PBS


The Verdict:

The answer is simple, both modesty and nudity are empowering for women – the thing to always consider is consent. Whatever is comfortable for her, should be empowering for women. All women are different and come in different shapes and sizes, it shouldn’t matter how she’s dressed, she should feel good with whatever she wears.