However before we go further, two additional terms must be defined: naked and nude.

Naked: the body represented with its fleshy realism. The first time we read the use of the word “naked” is in the Bible. Once Adam and Even ate of the apple, they realized their “nakedness,” and they were ashamed and covered up. In the narrative, Adam and Eve's realization is described in negative terms, equated with sin and disgust. Due to their shame, they constructed clothing preferring that the body not be seen. So, to get back to our definition of “naked,” the naked body is one of shame and disgust; it is the body which ages, wrinkles, emits foul odors and gases, urinates, defecates, looses its hair and muscle tone, becomes diseased and finally dies and decomposes. It is the body in which we live with its metabolic realities and hormonal activities. Due to decency laws in the United States and elsewhere, bodies cannot be exposed in public as nakedness is perceived as ugly, disgusting and contrary to our common good.

Nude: the ideal body of Neoplatonic dreams. According to this philosophical theory (Petrarch, 14th century), man exists on Earth, God exists, not in Heaven, but far above Heaven as He is the Creator and King of Heaven. Man will never ascend to the heights of God, but can, through good acts, ascend half-way to the level of the angels. Angels can be defined as humans transformed into god-like beings; they are sexless, ageless, of perfect face and body. They have no metabolic or hormonal concerns. They exist in the realm of the ideal. They represent the “nude.” The “nude” is the ideal body which never ages, has no wrinkles, gets no diseases, and looks more perfect than humanly possible on planet Earth. (Obviously, with current technologies of plastic surgery, liposuction, excessive exercise regimes, and steroid and vitamin supplements, it is possible for humans to achieve a “nude” body but it is artificially created.)