Taking naked photos - either for sending privately, social media, or oneself, can be fun, sexy, liberating and radical act, writes Amy Gray. Hell, it actually happened on the tram just yesterday. There is such joy in taking naked photos. The absurdity of our bodies, contorted into pleasing positions. The beauty of acceptance and trust, as you share visible intimacies with another. The unrepentant exhibitionism of delighting in your body and the safety in working out in relative distance what pleases another person and yourself.
When the news broke about the celebrity nude photos that had been hacked and published online, the topic of naked selfies exploded. This is not something confined to celebrities. Naked selfies are extremely common. Until now.
As I enter into middle age, I hear a lot of my female contemporaries lamenting the fact that they have very few photos of themselves holding their babies. Now, ten or twenty years later, they realize the folly in their decision. They only have a handful of photographs reminding them of those special early days with their babies. By the time I was in my mid-thirties, this propensity for female friends to throw up an objecting hand when I pulled out my camera already annoyed me. But on the other hand, I got it.
Taking nude selfies is an act of erotic expression, and sharing them with a trustworthy partner can deepen your intimacy plus make for tantalizing foreplay. Sadly, the joys of this pastime are often eclipsed by anxiety over photos being stolen or shared without consent. As long as everyone involved enthusiastically consents at every step of the way, taking and share nude photos is one of the hottest things you can do.