The civilized body

“Man is the sole animal whose nudity offends his own companions and the only one who, in his natural actions, withdraws and hides himself from his own kind.” —Michel de Montaigne

“My body is a stubborn child; my language is a very civilized adult.” —Roland Barthes

“Every time we walk along a beach some ancient urge disturbs us so that we find ourselves shedding shoes and garments or scavenging among seaweed and whitened timbers like the homesick refugees of a long war.” —Loren Eiseley

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