Nude vs. Naked

Being nude and being naked are often used as synonyms. However, there is a clear distinction between the two when it comes to visual culture. To be naked is to be without disguise; it is to be oneself. Nakedness according to John Berger is acted sexual love whereas nude is a passive body to be looked at and consumed. Nude on the other hand is a form of display. To be naked is private and to be nude is public.
Being naked is more natural; nudity involves posing and intending to be seen. Nudity is a form of exhibitionism. Exhibitionism is the act of taking pleasure in being looked at.

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1. Cartwright, Lisa, and Sturken, Marita. Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001. 72-108.
2. Newton, Helmut. Self Portrait with Wife and Models. 1981. 28 Feb. 2006. Available online at:>.
3. "Naked Yoga" Available online at: