Naked: A Cultural History of American Nudism

Brian S. Hoffman

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Naked: A Cultural History of American Nudism

Naked A Cultural History of American Nudism In a small group of men and women threw off their clothes and began to exercise in a New York City gymnasium marking the start of the American nudist movement While countless Americans had long

  • Title: Naked: A Cultural History of American Nudism
  • Author: Brian S. Hoffman
  • ISBN: 9780814790533
  • Page: 268
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In 1929, a small group of men and women threw off their clothes and began to exercise in a New York City gymnasium, marking the start of the American nudist movement While countless Americans had long enjoyed the pleasures of skinny dipping or nude sunbathing, nudists were the first to organize a movement around the idea that exposing the body corrected the ills of modernIn 1929, a small group of men and women threw off their clothes and began to exercise in a New York City gymnasium, marking the start of the American nudist movement While countless Americans had long enjoyed the pleasures of skinny dipping or nude sunbathing, nudists were the first to organize a movement around the idea that exposing the body corrected the ills of modern society and produced profound benefits for the body as well as the mind Despite hostility and skepticism, American nudists enlisted the support of health enthusiasts, homemakers, sex radicals, and even ministers, and in the process, redefined what could be seen, experienced, and consumed in twentieth century America Nakedgives a vibrant, detailed account of the American nudist movement and the larger cultural phenomenon of public nudity in the United States Brian S Hoffman reflects on the idea of nakedness itself in the context of a culture that wrestles with an inherent sense of shame and conflicting moral attitudes about the body In exploring the social and legal history of nudism, Hoffman reveals how anxieties about gender, race, sexuality, and age inform our conceptions of nakedness The book traces the debates about distinguishing deviant sexualities from morally acceptable display, the legal processes that helped bring about the dramatic changes in sexuality in the 1960s and 1970s, as well as the explosion in eroticism that has increasingly defined the modern American consumer economy Drawing on a colorful collection of nudist materials, films, and magazines, Nakedexposes the social, cultural, and moral assumptions about nakedness and the body normally hidden from view and behind closed doors.

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    One thought on “Naked: A Cultural History of American Nudism

    1. Charles Daney on said:

      A rather disappointing book. To begin with, although the author is a PhD historian, and apparently did extensive research on the subject, there are a few glaring mistakes. Most egregiously, the name of Kurt Barthel – a German expatriate in the U. S. who was the principal figure to bring European nudism to the U. S. (in 1929) – is misspelled throughout the book (including the index) as "Kurt Barthal". The surname of another important historical figure – Victoria Woodhull, an early feminist [...]

    2. Mandy on said:

      Detailed and meticulously researched, this history of the US nudist movement from its beginnings in early 20th century until today is also an exploration of the wider cultural, social and legal aspects and implications of public nudity. Hoffman also discusses morality, sexuality and pornography within the context of nudity and the controversy the subject still provokes today. The book is a fascinating study of a fascinating subject, but the style is rather dry and academic and it’s unfortunate [...]

    3. William Koon on said:

      Hoffman uses the word “heteronormative” twenty-three times in his text. That tells you all you need to know about this book.

    4. Izaiah Dawkins on said:

      Dr.Brian S Hoffman is my AP US History teacher and as the student I am I purchased the book to see how important it was to history.He describes American issues in the best,most accurate way . This book although awkward at times, if read with a history mind-set it will change your view of Americanism and American civilization. I highly recommend that every historian and future historian read this book-It is worth the money.As an side note: just because he's my teacher doesn't mean I have a bias.

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