The September edition of Women’s Health Magazine is focused on their first global Naked Issue and highlights a theme of being naked. The theme addresses both the physical and metaphorical descriptions of being naked. The question, what’s your naked? was asked and addressed by the editor in chief, Amy Keller-Laird as she opens up and discusses her personal views of being naked in the Letter from the Editor. Read it, it is a wonderful read.
So, let me ask you, have you found your naked? This issue of Women’s Health Magazine is full of articles and images of women that are open and honest about their naked bodies, ‘flaws’ and all. Many of my Facebook friends have ‘been naked’ when they discuss illness, loss of a family member, political views or the hurt of putting a pet to sleep. Many times, I read the posts, see and feel such emotion that I stop in awe of that person’s ability to be that transparent.
Vulnerability is not weakness, in fact, it is a strength. Showing your susceptibility can help people. You don’t know what you don’t know. People let you see what they want you to see. Your experiences could help someone struggling and your sharing of a personal, naked experience is all it may take to get that person to open up, maybe ask for help and realize they are not alone.
Women are especially uncomfortable with being physically naked. Even when we are not the one that is naked, we are anxious about it. It’s odd that I think we judge our bodies more than men judge them. Guys, the fact that you not only go to the bathroom in close proximity to each other and shower communally blows my mind. Kudos to you. Women? We are sequestered behind doors, curtains and locked cubicles.
Men seem to be especially uncomfortable with being emotionally naked. I cannot see men talking about personal hygiene or marital issues with a buddy at the same level that women do. I am not sure what the male equivalent of asking a stranger in the bathroom for a tampon would be but I don’t think it would happen.
I have been fortunate through this blog to meet and get to know so many people. I am ok with being naked, but don’t worry, the only naked you are going to see from me is on this written page. Anything else causes dogs to howl and babies to cry.
I am not physically as brave as Sofia Vergara or emotionally as naked as Amy Keller-Laird but I am sure glad they are!