I posted these pictures in a status on FB entitled “Covered up or not, My Choice!”
A response from a religious muslim person was that this is shameful.
Shame! In this context, shame is just a construct made to control women. To keep them covered up and at home, bearing children and listening to men.
Well I have been an atheist since my early twenties, so this shame thing slides off me like water off a duck’s back 🙂
What is shameful about the human body anyway? NOTHING! The Greeks idealized and mythologized it, the Romans alternately debauched and disciplined it, The Hindus worshipped it, and the Buddhists asceticized it. There is no shame in any of these philosophies. I personally think the human body is a glorious creation of evolution, almost perfect in its form and function of homeostasis, growth, repair and even decline through entropy to make room for others. The human brain, which is part of the human body, is an absolutely genius computer produced by millions of years of evolution. This brain can gather information through our sensory organs and produce an output in milliseconds. Self awareness comes to us via the human brain. And it is also with this brain we decide to make the decision to view the human body, nature’s “miraculous” creation as shameful or glorious. I choose the latter!