Saunas have been adopted worldwide, first in Scandinavian and German-speaking countries of Europe, with the trend in some of these being to allow both genders to bathe together nude.
They were not arrested, and the following two summers saw a number of incidents of public nakedness until an ordinance banning nudity was passed.
Laborers might be nude while doing tasks that made clothing impractical, such as fishermen or women doing laundry in a river.
Reflecting the era, the American theater in the 1960s addressed issues including hypocrisy and freedom.
Although often ignored or circumvented, the law had the effect of sexualizing the naked body in situations that had not previously been erotic.
The scholar states that looking at the of the body of another of either sex must be avoided.
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