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Nudity vs. Nakedness

I've had this title written down in my little black book of ideas for almost two years. I had no idea what the story was, or even if there was one, but I was curious to find out. Though the two words, nudity and nakedness, are considered synonyms of one another they have always felt a tad bit different to me. I could never put a finger on why one sounded almost robotic while the other sounded invasive, vulnerable even as if to say using that adjective was supposed to redden my gloriously melanated cheeks. I could never quite put my finger on why those two words never truly felt equal to me but then luckily Prof. Google is at my fingertips so, I went to typing and clicking.

"To be naked" as described by one of the best male art critic ever, John Berger, “is to be oneself. To be nude is to be seen naked by others and yet not recognized for oneself. A nude has to be seen as an object in order to be a nude.” Ten minutes after reading Berger's explanation of the two words…

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