The Economist has an opinion piece suggesting that nudity has lost the power to shock. It follows in the wake of the Greenpeace sponsored Spencer Tunick nude photo on a glacier in the Alps.
The uproar that greeted a naked album-cover picture of John Lennon and Yoko Ono at the end of the 1960s would not be repeated today. Lennon asked us to â€œbe ourselvesâ€ and world peace would be sure to follow. This seems quaint now. In the next decade the popularity of â€œstreakingâ€ brought nudity closer to the mainstream. By the 1990s the ladies of Britainâ€™s Womenâ€™s Institute felt comfortable enough to bare all for a charity calendar. Organisations the world over have repeated the idea endlessly ever since, increasing public indifference.