By Jesse DhurPit RedingLex KlerenGilles Kayser

Nudity: for some it is the epitome of freedom, while others feel deeply disturbed by it. Navigating through permissiveness and shame, Lëtzebuerger Journal has talked to a naturist, a sex therapist, and a body painter about this all-time hot topic.

Under our clothes, we are all naked. The bare truth, so to speak, that many of us who live in a textile-centric world tend to forget. Yet the very word "naked" makes most of us already prick up our ears. Clearly, the uncovered body evokes powerful and often ambivalent feelings and associations: it can empower or outrage us; it can signal innocence or sexual availability, wholesome connectedness with self and nature, or downright madness. And thinking about how we undress – or not – and how we think about nudity itself can give us a pretty good idea of our own conditioning and the human condition in general.

Armand Ceolin has a rather pragmatic way of seeing the bareness of things. For the 70-year-old, being naked has become a pleasant standard in his life that he wouldn’t want to miss again. "No synthetic fabrics sticking to my body or irritating my skin; that is just extremely agreeable, " praises the Pétange-born. Armand Ceolin is a staunch naturist, a term that refers to a nudity-positive attitude that promotes harmony with nature and respect for the environment. Since 1992, he has been committed to SLNL (Sports et Loisirs Naturistes Luxembourg asbl) and the naturist movement beyond the country's borders.

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