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Modesty. Recreation on a California beach in the first decade of the 20th century Modesty is a mode of dress and deportment intended to avoid encouraging sexual attraction in others; actual standards vary widely.


In this use, it can be considered inappropriate or immodest to reveal certain parts of the body. A modest person would behave so as to avoid encouraging the sexual attention of others. In some societies, modesty may involve women covering their bodies completely and not talking to men who are not immediate family members; in others, a fairly revealing but one-piece bathing costume is considered modest when other women wear bikinis.

In some countries, exposure of the body in breach of community standards of modesty is also considered to be public indecency, and public nudity is generally illegal in most of the world and regarded as indecent exposure. Small children are widely not expected to be fully clothed in public until they are grown up. Necessity[edit] Naturism. Naturism, or nudism, is a cultural and political movement practicing, advocating and defending social nudity, most of which takes place on private property.


The term may also refer to a lifestyle based on personal, family and/or social nudism. Definition[edit] According to the XIV Congress of the International Naturist Federation (Agde, France, 1974), naturism is: Several other terms ("social nudity", "public nudity", "skinny dipping", "sunning", and, recently, "clothes-free") have been proposed as alternative terms for naturism, but none has found the same widespread public acceptance as the older terms "naturism" and (in much of the United States) "nudism". People interested in social nudity can attend clothes-free beaches and other types of ad-hoc nudist events.

Many contemporary naturists and naturist organisations feel that the practice of social nudity should be asexual. Exhibitionism. Exhibitionism is the act of exposing in a public or semi-public context those parts of one's body that are not normally exposed – for example, the breasts, genitals or buttocks.


The practice may arise from a desire or compulsion to expose themselves in such a manner to groups of friends or acquaintances, or to strangers for their amusement or sexual satisfaction or to shock the bystander.[1] In law, the act of exhibitionism may be called indecent exposure or exposing one's person, or other expressions. History[edit] When people travel to Bubastis for the festival, this is what they do. Every baris carrying them there overflows with people, a huge crowd of them, men and women together. A case of what appears to be exhibitionism in a clinical sense was recorded in a report by the Commission against Blasphemy in Venice in 1550.[4] Psychological aspects[edit] Types of exposure[edit] Various types of behavior are classified as exhibitionism,[citation needed] including: Classification[edit] Notes.

Brassiere. This article is about the female undergarment.


For the restaurant, see Brasserie. A brassiere (UK /ˈbræzɪər/ or US /brəˈzɪər/), commonly referred to as a bra /ˈbrɑː/, is a woman's undergarment that supports her breasts. Bras are typically form-fitting and perform a variety of functions; not only do women usually wear them to support their breasts, but they have also evolved into a fashion item. Changing social trends and novel materials have increased the variety and complexity of available designs as well as allowed manufacturers to make bras that in some instances are more fashionable than functional. Cleavage (breasts) This article is about the part of a woman's anatomy revealed by a wide neckline.

Cleavage (breasts)

For the neckline itself, see Décolletage. Cleavage, anatomically known as the intermammary cleft or the intermammary sulcus (sulcus intermammarius), is the space between a woman's breasts, lying over the sternum. It is often considered as aesthetic or erotic, and is often associated with garments with low necklines that expose or highlight cleavage, such as ball gowns, evening gowns, lingerie, and swimwear. Cleavage, or the intermammary sulcus, is the space between the breasts. The International Federation of Associations of Anatomists (IFAA) uses the terms "intermammary sulcus" or "intermammary cleft" when referring to the area of cleavage between the breasts not including the breasts.

Plastic surgeon Alan Matarasso said, "Ergonomically speaking, cleavage equals the position of the breasts on the chest wall Cleavage terms The obsession about breast and cleavage is not universal to all people. Toplessness. Toplessness refers to the state in which a female's torso is exposed above her waist or hips, or with at least her breasts, areolae, and nipples being exposed, especially in a public place or in a visual medium.


Toplessness is less controversial in entertainment, fashion, and the arts than it is in society as a whole, especially when it is perceived to have artistic merit. From early prehistoric art to the present day, women have been depicted topless in visual media from painting and sculpture to film and photography. In contemporary mainstream cinema, Academy Award–winning actresses such as Halle Berry, Kate Winslet, and Nicole Kidman have appeared topless in their films. Cabaret and burlesque shows, as well as haute couture fashion shows and pictorials, frequently include toplessness or see-through clothing.

Societies tend to take a stricter line when women expose their breasts for the clear purpose of sexual arousal. Usage and connotations[edit] Traditional societies[edit]