We all know that standards have relaxed so much that we are more tolerant of sex and nudity in the popular culture. But this suggests we have taken a further step:
Two decades after a nude photo scandal helped cost a Miss America her title, Americans may be adopting a more ho-hum attitude toward people who bare it all for the cameras.
Some experts say the Internet and more explicit TV are fostering a more relaxed response by Americans to public displays of bare flesh, even if many people profess to be more conservative.
Take, for example, the muted reaction to nude photos of 18-year-old Vanessa Hudgens, the star of's squeaky clean "High School Musical" franchise.
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Millions of wired youths share private or embarrassing pictures or videos with each other daily on MySpace.com.or social Web sites like Facebook and
"There's no doubt about it. The Web for the last 10 years, has made more nudity available," Levinson said. "I predict in the next few years, thewill be put in its proper place and nudity will be the norm," he said.
I doubt that "nudity will be the norm," but the barriers between private and public behavior are clearly being eroded. Nudity became a taboo for a reason -- removing an aid to our sexual imagination helped us survive the beasts that were chasing us through the jungle. Our "millions of wired youth" are NOT taking us to the future but back to the past.