Nudity: The absence of clothing and the presence of sex

“Then the eyes of both were open” Genesis 3:7

I always find the story of creation in Christianity fascinating. Firstly, can we all take a moment to reconsider our life’s purpose if we hate apples considering its historical function as the vessel of all knowledge. Secondly, what did Adam and Eve think of themselves before they understood what they were? More importantly, did it matter what they thought of themselves? Furthermore, in my bible studies’ classes, Sunday sermons and even this painting, why is it that they look ashamed of their nakedness? If the Bible verses  stop at saying they sewed fig leaves to cover themselves up, how did we conclude they clothed themselves because of shame? Better still, what part of their nakedness actually made them feel shame… was there a natural inclination to cover up the sexual organs first? Or, did Eve-the female in the painting-feel that she had more to be ashamed of?

Let’s analyze this picture in context:  How ironic is it that the eyes of both who were opened are being covered. So, what eyes did God really want shut?  The physical and neutral eyeball? or the system that processes what we see. When I think again, I wonder if this God had struggled with this idea of neutrality and an overwhelming inability to control what happens when we lose a neutral image to the translation of the brain. Then again, I need someone to explain where Eve had got the memo that she needs to cover her breasts and her vagina? I cannot find the reasons for females to accept the extra burden they usually do. Here, Adam-the male-can afford to cover his face with his two hands while Eve’s face is left exposed. She is unable to defend her pride as he is because as we can see, her hands are full of herself. “Herself” here would be ;crop eve

In this picture, I can see how much the female’s shame is spread through out her body. She has too many points of shame for her two hands to cover. In 2013, I constantly hear of and meet with women who seem to be running out of hands. As a result and because of that , they make extra efforts to cover up their physical excess and phallic inadequacy. I cant tell you the awkward moment my body and I had the first time I tried to reconcile my place within this patriarchy.

Me: Umm…so you have too much boob to wear a tube top?

My Body: Yes, just that they are also too small to get you the male attention you kinda need

Me: Hmmm..and too much ass to wear a shorter skirt right?

My body: Precisely.

My body: To be honest, you just have too much going on right now, your accessories are in the wrong spaces

And the struggle has been real ever since my friends.

I just cannot reconcile with why the female feels the urge to cover her vagina while the male (with his more visible genitalia)rsz_1powyc is contempt covering his face. Does he think we cannot see his penis? Does he believe we are not looking? Or, does he not care whether we look or whether we can see the full set?

I’m unsure what it really is, but it could be related to that whole idea of “men taking up too much space” where the male hardly feels he has to cover up anything or make compromises because it’s actually his world that me and my simultaneously breastless and breasty self are just trying to find any space to exist in.

In the painting, we are led to believe that now that their eyes are open, they are ashamed of what they can see in their bodies. Evidently,  the male sees his shame in his face which often like the name, is a synechdocichal representation of the whole individual and symbolic of their pride. Meanwhile, the female sees shame in her breasts and vagina which would also be a synechdocichal representation of herself. In today’s context, this painting reads much like a hip hop music video. While we watch the male rapper showcase his lyrical genius (the source of his phallus in that scene), the camera never forgets to give us that timeless slow pan through a female body or more modern flashes of her “booty booty booty rock’n everywhere: Another picture of females trying so hard to make up for their phallic inadequacy with the favor of the patriarchy.

But hey girl, cheer up now, it’s not all bad because females have had to be ashamed of their whole bodies since the beginning of time; it is not like anyone tried to sell you something by telling you your virtue is less important than your hairdo….

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