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Naked and Unafraid: A Reading List About Nudity

Emily Perper | Longreads | January 31, 2016 | words

Here are five stories about the sociopolitics of stripping down.

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Naked and Unafraid: A Reading List About Nudity

Here are five stories about the sociopolitics of stripping down.
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Here are five stories about the sociopolitics of stripping down.

1. “Babes at the Museum.” (Kyle Chayka, Adult Magazine, December 2014)

Kyle Chayka took his first figure drawing class at age 12. He discusses intention versus interpretation and nakedness versus nudity in this thought-provoking essay about figure drawing.

But as long as you approach it with the right mentality there’s no wrong way to go about figure drawing. Replicating the infinitely complicated human form might get easier over time, but it’s never perfect. What matters are the qualities you bring to the drawing, the artificial work of art that comes from the physical body as it exists in the world. In a way, the artist brings a lie to the fact.

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