- "ADAM AND EVE" BY PETER PAUL RUBENS
As it happens, keeping the dirty parts in prolonged exposure actually provokes the wholesome response the Good Lord desires. Today, we react with indifference to the same feet, ankles, knees, shoulders, and necks our ancestors so carefully shrouded, causing them to marinate for years in spicy sex fantasies. (In the mid-'60s, boobs had potential to join this collection as designer Rudi Gernreich launched his topless gowns and bathing suits, yet the trend didn't catch on, which is more than disappointing.) Physicality is always more exciting in our imagination anyhow, insists James Laver in Modesty and Dress: "Complete nudity is anti-erotic, as soon as the shock of novelty has worn off; and it does wear off, surprisingly quickly."