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sexuality, instead of promoting healthy body acceptance.50
36. Entire nudity is antithetic to the complex semi-porn of the fashion industry.
Julian Robinson observes, "modesty is so intertwined with sexual desire and also the need for sexual show--
fighting but at the exact same time re kindling this want--that a self-perpetuating process is inevitably set in motion. In
fact modesty can never actually achieve its greatest end except through its disappearance. there are to be found many essential components of the sexual urge itself." 51
37. Clothes frequently focuses attention on the genitals and sexual arousal, rather than away from them. 52
At various times in Western history different parts of female anatomy have been eroticized: abdomens and
thighs in the Renaissance; buttocks, breasts, and thighs by the late 1800s (and comparatively diminutive waists and
Abdomens). Underwear layout has historically emphasized these erogenous body parts: corsets in the 1800s deemphasized
the midriff and underscored the breasts--using stuff including whalebone and steel; the crinoline in
the mid 1800s highlighted the midsection; along with the bustle, appearing in 1868, accentuated the buttocks.53 Bathing suit
"When primitive individuals are unaccustomed to wearing clothing, placing it on for the
first time does not decrease their immorality, as the women of missionary societies believe it'll. It's only the
Contrary effect. It brings attention to the human body, particularly for those parts of it which are covered for the first time." 54
Rob Boyte notes wryly that "textile individuals, when they do strip in front of others, usually do it for passion, and find

the bikini layout tan lines appealing.
shows how clothes designs become a fetish of the body." 55 Havelock Ellis writes: "In Case the conquest of sexual
Want were the first and last factor of life it'd be more reasonable to prohibit clothes than to forbid
nakedness." 56
38. The fashion industry rides on the sex appeal of clothes.
Peter Fryer writes: "The changes in women's fashions are essentially determined by the need to preserve
men's sexual attraction, and therefore to transfer the main zone of lusty display once a specified part of the body has
been saturated with captivating power to the stage of satiation. . . . Each new fashion seeks to arouse interest in a new
39. Differences of clothing between the genders focus attention on gender differences.58
Psychologist J.C. writes: "There seems to be (notably in modern life) no essential component in the
nature, customs, or functions of the two genders that will necessitate a striking difference of costume--other than the
Want to accentuate sex differences themselves; an accentuation that primarily functions the end of more readily and
frequently arousing sexual desire." 59
40. Many psychologists believe that clothes may originally have developed, in part, as a way of
focusing sexual attention.60
41. Partial clothes is more sexually stimulating (in frequently unhealthy ways) than complete nudity.
Anne Hollander writes: "The more significant clothes is, the more significance attaches to its absence and the
more awareness is created about any relationship between the two states."
unquestionably a well-known fact that recognizable things arouse no fascination, while concealment lends enchantment and
Sparks interest . . . a cloaked body with just enough covering to indicate the outline, is a lot more alluring than a
Completely nude body." 62 And Lee Baxandall detects, "the 'nearly'-nude beaches, where bikinis and thongs are
paraded, are more sexually titillating than a clothes-optional resort or beach. What exactly is click is more fulfilling,
42. Modesty--especially imposed modesty--just adds to sexual interest and desire.64
Reena Glazer writes: "Women's breasts are sexually stimulating to (heterosexual) men, at least in part
because they are freely inaccessible; society further eroticizes the female breast by tagging it shameful to expose.
. . . This element of the forbidden merely perpetuates the intense male reaction female exposure allegedly
inspires." 65
43. Topfree66 inequality (requiring women, but not men, to wear tops) produces an unhealthy obsession
with breasts as sexual objects.
the encouragement of unnecessary cosmetic surgery for breast augmentation, and avoidance of mandatory
breast examinations by women.