Undress code

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Pure Rebel and Ariel Summers at Nudes-A-Poppin' 2013, Ponderosa Sun Club, Indiana.

An undress code is the opposite of a dress code - it prohibits the wearing of all (or specific types of) clothing, enforcing the exposure of certain body parts or the full body (see nudity).

Like dress codes, undress codes may be established by society, institutions or individuals in authority.

Examples of undress codes[edit]

  • For religious reasons:
    • No wearing of shoes in religious places such as temples and mosques
    • No wearing of hats traditionally for males in Christian churches
    • Semi-nudity, e.g. bare upper body for Hindu priests, or in antiquity in ceremonies in such as the Lupercalia
    • Full nudity:
      • in religious ceremonies and festivals in antiquity (e.g. in Sparta)
      • in the ancient Indian Gymnosophists
      • in the Christian sect of the Adamites
      • by ascetics of certain Indian religions, as in Jainism
      • in Wicca (modern witchcraft) and pagan ceremonies
  • For social and hygienic reasons:
    • No wearing of shoes inside a private house or flat
    • No wearing of clothing other than specific types of swimwear, e.g. in public swimming facilities
    • Full nudity:
      • in saunas and steam baths in Scandinavia, Central and Eastern Europe
      • in some public shower rooms
      • in some public swimming facilities and in school swimming classes in the past
      • in private homes when taking a shower or bath
  • For medical reasons:
    • full or partial nudity for medical examinations, treatment and operations
  • For cultural and recreational reasons:
    • ABC (anything but clothes) parties, popular among the college-age set, with costumes made from trashbags, cling wrap, tape, cardboard boxes, paper bags, etc.
    • Wearing of costumes that expose the legs and/or upper body
      • in sports
      • in dance and similar performances
    • Full nudity:
      • in sports in antiquity (e.g. in ancient Greece)
      • in modern nude sports (e.g. nude riding, swimming, jogging, wrestling etc.)
      • in nudist recreation facilities (lakes, beaches, camps etc.)
      • in some cultures in Africa, Latin America, South-East Asia and Oceania

Related aspects[edit]

Today, in some clubs and parties with a sexual background, there are rules that if a prospective visitor does not meet the dress code (e.g. specific types of fetish clothing), he or she may be admitted in a specific state of nudity if they are willing to do so.

Situations involving domination and submission (such as a consensual master/slave relationship, sorority/fraternity hazing, etc.) that require nudity sometimes invoke an "anything but clothes" rule. This allows the sub to wear only non-clothing items such as a collar, belt, gag, pasties, nipple clamps, harness, ropes, head-dress, gloves, wrist and ankle shackles, bracelets and other decorative or costume items.

Laws in many countries that require a person to undress when requested to do so by a customs or police officer, usually to find illegal drugs or weapons on a suspect during the strip search, is more a type of forced nudity than an undress code. Such states of undress are normally not public and kept as short and discreet as possible.

Nudity is also an important element in arts such as drawing, painting and sculpture (see nude). For example, there are undress conventions for depictions of some pagan gods (especially child-gods, e.g. Eros/Cupid) and certain Christian prophets, saints and angels, especially cherubs.

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