Taking naked photos - either for sending privately, social media, or oneself, can be fun, sexy, liberating and radical act, writes Amy Gray. Hell, it actually happened on the tram just yesterday. There is such joy in taking naked photos. The absurdity of our bodies, contorted into pleasing positions. The beauty of acceptance and trust, as you share visible intimacies with another. The unrepentant exhibitionism of delighting in your body and the safety in working out in relative distance what pleases another person and yourself. The blush of someone you like sending you a naked photo, your eyes averting their photographed gaze as you try to reclaim your senses. What can I say, it was a busy day for boobs. As someone whose longest relationship has been with self-loathing, the act of photographing myself has helped me find acceptance and confidence. This is not some wishy-washy Stockholm syndrome masquerading as empowerment — there is ferocity in my choice.
Our desire to connect is primal, but our daily lives are often physically disconnected.
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In the midst of the hacked naked celebrity photos scandal Don't look them up! These people are desperately out of touch. This week, Cosmopolitan. Eighty-nine percent have taken nude photos of themselves at some point. And of those readers, only 14 percent regretted taking the pics, and 82 percent would do it again.
My year-old self remembers her. But there it was, on display for anyone who graced her coconut scented bathroom. I frequented it just to stare at the image; how she looked so unbothered by the world and what anyone could say about her naked body. I asked the nude gods to bestow that power onto me as I struggled with my, seemingly, wrong year-old body. It swats away the negative messages we are surrounded by as we try to live our lives and love ourselves to the best of our ability. Unabashed nudity exudes a mental and physical fortitude unlike no other. It screams I am comfortable with who I am. Think about this: how many contradictory messages do you receive in one day through media, images, societal expectations, work, and friendships? We need to be modest but promote our work in order to be seen.