Germans love to show off their bodies. Just go to the local saunas: you find both sexes of all ages and all shapes together all nude in one cabin.
But they seem to get prudish when it comes to showing off their bodies at airports. The sheer mention of bodyscanners (called "Nacktscanners" --"nude scanners" here) causes fear and concerns about intrusions into privacy. Rather than looking forward to what's being called "striptease at the airports," German citizens are concerned.
Funny. The same scanners seem to be already in use in puritan America. And nobody seems to care.
That's why the German government is changing the term from "Nackscanners" to "Bodyscanners" to make the devices more acceptable. http://www.taz.de/1/politik/deutschland/artikel/1/sicherheitskontrollen-verschaerft/
Or is something else at play here, something more rational and less exhibionist -- namely fear of radiation? Those body scanners are basically X-rays, and haven't scientists been warning us for years that too many X-rays won't be good for our bodies?