Indecent Body Exposure at the Olympics

This is how Iranian television covers the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro.

And the following is one of the most powerful images of the Olympics: a beach volley match between Egypt and Germany.

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Indecent Exposure

The concept of acceptable level of nudity in public and on TV varies remarkably around the world.

In Europe full frontal nudity is regularly seen on TV and in public. To Europeans, nudity isn’t always a sexual thing.

Meanwhile, in America, nudity is a taboo. TV broadcasters in the U.S. can’t show nudity on the air between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.

In America, public nudity is often considered “indecent exposure” and is actually a punishable crime.

In Europe, however, Munich has legalized nudity in six “Urban Naked Zones,” Denmark legalized nakedness on all public beaches in 1976, and the Netherlands legalized “recreational nudity” back in 1985.

Out of all 50 wonderfully clothed states in America, only New York, Hawaii, Maine, New Hampshire, Ohio, and Texas have explicitly legalized toplessness of both men and women in public places.

On the flip side, good old Utah is one of the handful of states that went out of its way to include breast-feeding mothers in the category of “public lewdness.” In Louisiana, an exposed nipple could land you in jail for three years

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