Is the chaste nude an oxymoron? We all know that an oxymoron is a contradiction in terms, and that “chaste” and “chastity” are spiritual and/or religious concepts referring to some kind of ethical or spiritual purity. (Please notice in any case that I did not ask whether nudity in the presence of others can be chaste. I am assuming that nudity in real life can be chaste in at least some situations, most obviously in certain medical situations, as well as in at least some sexual relations. The limits and varieties of those situations and relations are not my concern here.) My concern here is solely about art: Is the chaste nude in art an oxymoron? (I am assuming some kind of distinction between “art” and “real life” here.) I could have phrased the question in a negative way: Is the nude in art in some way a defilement or desecration of the human form, a profanation of sorts? I have argued that the nude in art need not be such, although I do not doubt that much that is offered in art is indeed quite profane--and decidedly "unchaste." That the viewing of the human form, clothed or unclothed in art or life, can be "unchaste" I do not doubt. Why do I ask the question? I ask it because the sub-text of previous discussions in threads dealing with nudity in art seems almost always to be about the very rightness of viewing the nude as an art form. The ethics of nude art was not my intention in framing either of my own two previous posts leading to such discussions. Nonetheless, that (the ethical issue) is what one comes away with if one reads the very long threads that followed from those posts; that is, persons have finally become quite judgmental about the nude itself and about other persons’ motives for viewing the nude. Yes, we have talked psychology and a bit of history and sociology, but the ethical sub-text started speaking louder to my conscious mind. In other words, I have some doubts now about my own arguments in prior posts dealing with the artistic nude. The question is thus real and personal. I really want others' honest opinions, regardless of whether or not they think that the views that they express will be popular or well-received.