I am proud to say that I believe in nudity. I believe in a lot more than that, though. I believe in nature and freedom, but the world has locked me in shackles and has the nerve to call them by another name--clothes. I'm not going to tell you you shouldn't wear clothes, but who are you to tell me I have to? It is descrimination, no matter how you look at it. There are a lot of people who would love to walk around nude, but because most people don't want to be naked, no one can be naked. It's like saying that because most people are christians, EVERYONE has to be christian. They're both choices people make, and if we were all legally obligated to make the same choices, we might as well be a socialist country.
Most often, the refute is that it's for the good of the children, but what kind of message are we sending to children when we put people in jail just for not being covered?
The message is that their bodies are a thing of shame. It tells them that there was a mistake made when we were born nude, and that we are correcting that mistake by covering ourselves. People say they don't want to have to explain things to their children, but I ask them what their would rather happen? Would they rather their children discover by accident? Would they rather they happen across it on the internet, and have no idea what to think of it? By shielding them from the real world, parents actually CAUSE all the bad things that happen to children who don't understand these things. If they don't know what things are, they have no capacity to make informed decisions.
Another common saying is: "nobody wants to see your naked body."
I know plenty of people who would LOVE to see my naked body, but that's not really the point. I, for one, can't stand seeing ugly feet, yet there is no law against walking around in sandals; women are even told it's 'classy' to wear open-toe shoes. Let's get a little more politically incorrect, though, just to make a point. I can't stand looking at a burn victim's face. It makes me want to vomit every time I see them, but I'm not going to tell them to put a bag over their head, either. Certainly, no one would dare pass a law against being horribly disfigured in public, even though most of us REALLY don't want to have to look at them. Yet, my penis has to be covered, by law, when it's something half the population already has, and looks at several times a day in their own bathroom.
And about explaining it to your children... Try to explain to them why their new neighbor's face looks like old pudding, and tell me that's not harder than explaining "the birds and the bees".