I’m on holiday abroad at the moment. It’s got me thinking about cultural norms and attitudes to various things, including nudity and attitudes towards sex.
The more I meet and talk to people from outside of my own country, the more I reflect on our own general national attitudes. It’s inherently difficult to get an unbiased and honestly reflective impression of yourself. With that caveat, it seems to me to be evident that in the UK we are a little more uncomfortable talking about sex. Whenever I travel I seem to see a wealth of examples of people being generally more at ease with their bodies. From the presence of wrinkly, black bikini-clad Nonnas on Italian beaches, to the communal changing rooms in Japanese Onsen.
I’ll be taking a few souvenirs back with me to London. Above are some I’d like to share with you: various types of nudes from the Montreal Musée des Beux-Arts. Enjoy!