Is nudity politically correct?
Not at Langara College, a community college in Vancouver, BC, that's for sure. A May 26 Reuters article reported that an unnamed instructor had been fired after he persuaded all members of an adult education class in shamanism to strip naked. The purpose of the exercise, apparently, was to help the students, many of whom were health care professionals, to better understand "energy patterns in the body". The school spokesperson even admitted that none of the 20+ students had complained, the nudity did not lead to "inappropriate activity", and there was "nothing unusual, except for them being nude." The students had even been advised in the introductory session of the class that they would be asked to strip. The instructor was fired anyway, and the class canceled. All of the students are reported to have disagreed with the school's action.
Striptease classes are OK, though
At least they are at an upscale institution like Mount Holyoke College in So. Hadley, MA, and if they aren't offered as part of the official curriculum -- according to a recent Associated Press story. Susan Scotto, a PhD instructor of Russian at the all-female school teaches the extracurricular classes in "exotic dancing" in a campus dance studio, with full approval from campus officials. Scotto worked as a stripper while obtaining her degree from the University of California at Berkeley and still dances semiprofessionally. She staunchly contends, "I don't see any way how an exchange of pleasure is something to be condemned."
Exotic dancing isn't naturism, any more than shamanism is. But isn't it interesting that nudity with a sexual message to it seems actually to be more acceptable than does non-sexual nudity?
Dear Abby: Nude beach can be good therapy...
You don't normally expect advice columnists, particularly one who's been at it as long as Abigail Van Buren, to be great fans of nude beaches. Abby's sister Ann Landers, for example, has repeatedly demonstrated she's a certifiable prude. But Abby's a different matter.
Recently she printed a letter in her column from a woman ("Survivor in San Francisco") who had undergone a mastectomy. The woman was concerned because her husband had