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sexuality, rather than boosting healthy body acceptance.50
36. Entire nudity is antithetic to the complex semi-porn of the fashion industry.
fighting but at the same time re-kindling this want--a self-perpetuating process is inevitably set in motion. In
fact modesty can never really attain its ultimate end except through its disappearance. Hiding under the cloak of
modesty there are to be found many essential elements of the sexual urge itself." 51
37. 52
At various times in Western history different parts of female human body have been eroticized: midriffs and
the midriff and stressed the breasts--using substances including whalebone and steel; the crinoline in
the mid 1800s highlighted the waist; as well as the bustle, appearing in 1868, stressed the buttocks.53 Bathing suit
design today focuses attention on the breasts and pubic region.
E.B. Hurlock writes: "When primitive folks are unaccustomed to wearing clothing, placing it on for the
first time doesn't decrease their immorality, as the women of missionary societies think it'll. It's just the
opposite effect. It attracts attention to the human body, particularly for all those parts of it that are covered for the very first time." 54
Rob Boyte notes wryly that "textile folks, when they do strip in front of others, usually do it for passion, and find
the bikini design tan lines enticing. This really is reminiscent of the scarification practiced by primitive societies, and
shows how clothes patterns become a fetish of the body." 55 Havelock Ellis writes: "In Case the conquest of sexual
Want were the first and last concern of life it'd be more reasonable to forbid clothes than to forbid
nakedness." 56
38. The fashion industry rides on the sex appeal of garments.
"The changes in women's fashions are essentially determined by the demand to keep
men's sexual attraction, and thus to transfer the principal zone of sensual display once a specified part of the body has
been saturated with attractive power to the point of satiation. . . . Each new fashion seeks to arouse interest in a new
39. Differences of clothes between the sexes focus attention on sex differences.58
Shrink J.C. Flugel writes: "There appears to be (especially in modern life) no vital factor in the
nature, habits, or functions of the two genders that would necessitate a striking difference of costume--other than the
desire to accentuate gender differences themselves; an accentuation that predominantly functions the end of more readily and
Often arousing sexual passion." 59
40. Many psychologists believe that clothes may originally have developed, in part, as a means of
focusing sexual focus.60
41. is more sexually stimulating (in commonly unhealthy ways) than complete nudity.
Anne Hollander writes: "The more significant garments is, the more meaning attaches to its lack and the
more awareness is created about any connection between both states."

unquestionably known fact that familiar things arouse no fascination, while concealment adds enchantment and
stimulates interest . . . a cloaked body with just enough covering to imply the outline, is a lot more alluring than a
totally naked body." 62 And Lee Baxandall observes, "the 'virtually'-nude beaches, where bikinis and thongs are
paraded, are more sexually titillating than a clothes-optional resort or beach. What is natural is more fulfilling,
42. Modesty--especially enforced modesty--only adds to sexual interest and want.64

Because they're openly inaccessible; society further eroticizes the female breast by tagging it shameful to expose.
This element of the prohibited just perpetuates the intense male reaction female exposure purportedly
inspires." 65
43. Topfree66 inequality (requiring women, but not men, to wear tops) creates an unhealthy obsession
44. The identification of breasts as sexual objects in our culture has resulted in the discouragement of breastfeeding,
the encouragement of unneeded cosmetic surgery for breast augmentation, and avoidance of mandatory
breast examinations by women.