Nudity or nakedness is the state of wearing no clothing. The wearing of clothing is exclusively a human characteristic. The amount of clothing worn depends on functional considerations (such as a need for warmth or protection from the elements) and social considerations. In some situations the minimum amount of clothing or no clothing at all may be socially acceptable, while in others much more clothing is expected. Modern humans are the only survivors of several species of naked apes who may have worn clothes, according to DNA studies of clothing lice. This study suggests that clothing may have been worn as long as 650 thousand years ago. People, as individuals and in groups, have varying attitudes towards their own nudity and the nudity of others. Some people are relaxed about...'
Contributions by Patrick, Tverbeek, and Tregoweth.