"Out, damn'd spot! out, I say!"

FOR DOWNLOAD MORE GALLERY Lady Macbeth compulsively washed her hands to try and wipe away the guilt of committing murder. Today as a society we generally bathe every day, wash our hands repeatedly, and hide our natural body odors with anti-perspirants, perfumes and powders. Is American revulsion of nudity directly related to our obsession with personal hygiene? Katherine Ashenburg explores human cleanliness in a new book:
The surreptitious way people revealed their deviations to me indicates how thoroughly we have been conditioned: to risk smelling like a human is a misdemeanour, and the goal is to smell like an exotic fruit or a cookie. The standard we read about in magazines and see on television is a sterilised and synthetic one...In cultures where group solidarity is more important than individuality, nudity is less problematic and scrubbed, odourless bodies are less necessary. As these values shift, so does the definition of “clean”.
In a society obsessed with cleanliness, we don't know what people actually smell like. In a society obsessed with clothing and fashion, we don't know what people actually look like. Nudism and naturism are part of the solution.
I'm going to camp out on the land
I'm going to try an get my soul free
We are stardust
We are golden
And we've got to get ourselves
Back to the garden.
~ Joni Mitchell "Woodstock"
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