A friend of mine and I were arguing with someone about the “morality” of my friend, a faithful Catholic with a healthy sexuality, modelling for an art class - modelling in the nude. I don’t see anything wrong with it - what do other people think?
My friend being the person he is, it’s not going to lead him into any “near occasion of sin” and the artists are too busy concentrating on their drawing to be lead into any “near occasion” themselves - and my friend’s not responsible for what goes on in their heads anyway, right?
People have modelled nude for millenia - many great artworks depict nudes. Pope John Paul the Great’s famous line about the paintings in the Sistine Chapel, at the time of their restoration, to “remove their clothes” (that later artists had added to the nude figures at the behest of later Popes who objected to the nudes) is pertinent here.
I guess I’m making a point in this post about attitudes to the body, sex, and sexuality that some Catholics hold - attitudes I see as being prudish and unhealthy, attitudes that some people in here hold. But I’m open to other people’s opinion about this question (Nude Modelling: Put Your Clothes Back On vs. Go You Nude Thing) and don’t neccessarily believe that objecting to someone modelling nude is synonomous with prudishness, but can be.