Nudism 101 – An Introduction
An Intro into the world of Nudism
Nudism is the philosophy by which people believe in the benefits of being and living naked. In actuality, it is the belief or practice of going without clothes in appropriate private and /or public places. It often reflects a family and / or personal lifestyle choice and, while not exactly the same, people may also be referred to it as “naturism.” What is interesting about nudism is the fact that it is readily accepted across many cultures, specifically those of European descent, to include Germany, France, and Poland. Over the last century, social nudity in the United States has become increasingly more acceptable. For example, in 1995, the American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR) was established, which includes nearly 100 resorts and 150 clubs for nudists to enjoy.
Some individuals embrace a nudist lifestyle stemming from the naturist value system (beliefs centered around embracing nature, the environment, healthy eating, physical fitness and yoga to name a few). Others practice this clothes free lifestyle based off of personal, family, or social factors. What attracts most individuals to naturism these days, is the feeling of freedom and sense of ease that comes with the shedding of clothes. Additionally, with a growing number of people practicing nude recreation today, there is an abundance of amenities directed towards emerging and practicing nudists, to include nude beaches, nudist resorts, “clothes free” holiday centers, and cycling events. In fact, currently, there is a World Naked Gardening Day, held in May of each year, as well as a World Naked Bike Ride and Nude Years Eve Parties held annually.
When embracing the clothes free lifestyle, an individual or group is likely to experience both positive and negative reactions from different communities. While practicing nude living in the privacy of one’s home, private land, pool, pond, or club will generate the least amount of criticism and speculation from outsiders. Engaging in nude recreation in more public arenas, such as nudist beaches and parks, might generate some criticism from closed minded individuals. Obviously, one should consider these factors in deciding when, where, and how to embrace his or her nudist lifestyle.
Ideally, individuals would be allowed to live in a world free of prejudice, judgment, social expectations, restrictions, and personal insecurities. If this were the case, individuals could practice naturism in both the comforts of their homes and their local communities. Since this is not the case, individuals seeking to embrace naturism should take advantage of their own personal property, or designated nudie friendly destinations, to enjoy their practice. These destinations can include sanctioned nude beaches, clubs, events, hotels and others. European countries are far more open to the practice of social nudity. There it is readily becoming the “norm” rather than the extreme.
Nudism and Societies and Cultures
Many different cultures and regions of the world have, and do, practice nudism. In the early 20th century, nudists in Germany were embracing the lifestyle as a return to nature and equality. This idea spread from Germany to England, Canada, and the United States. The focus on the health and fitness aspects of naturism led to the creation of a network of clubs that promoted family and recreational sports. In contrast, the French nudist movement developed in response to the need for holiday recreation in that part of the world. French nudist resorts and beaches where created as a place for individuals and families to relax in a nude environment. This part of the movement also spread, first to Quebec and the United States.
In response to the French, holiday-centered nudism, a whole subset of nudist tourism was created. Many nude beaches and resorts exist all over the world. The unique aspect of these resorts is that there typically is not a local base for nudist activities in these areas. Rather, almost all nudists visiting these areas are only there during their vacations or holidays. The area of the world where this form of nudist tourism is largely present is the Caribbean. With the sunny climate and beautiful beaches, this is an excellent location to enjoy naturism. Additionally, these resorts and beaches provide an opportunity for people to enjoy naturism without belonging to a club or committing to one particular place.
Where can people practice Nudism?
Although many people practice nudism only while on vacation, nudists and naturists consider this to be a way of life. While nudists hold jobs where they must wear clothes, or shop in locations where clothing is required, they still identify with being a nudist. This is tied to the German roots of the nudist movement. Anyone can be nude. However, those who embrace the tenets of the traditional naturist movement will view it as a lifestyle focused on enjoying nature, respecting your body, respecting others, and, frequently, exercising and eating healthy.
While individuals interested in trying out the nudist lifestyle during vacations can visit resorts, those wanting a solid social group other nudists may join clubs. Clubs provide activities and are either landed or non-landed. The non-landed clubs or groups travel to different locations when they get together. Landed clubs own their own private grounds, pools, or beaches for members to enjoy. Nudist villages, such as Cap d’Agde in France, also provide opportunities to live with others in a space where being naked is the norm. Here, all daily activities can take place in the absence of clothing.
One can practice being a nudist alone or with your family. This can even be done while doing everyday activities around your home. Social nudism can also take place by inviting others to private residences or nudie friendly locations. Whether you are practicing alone, at a private residence, with a club, or at a nudist resort, there are a number of common activities that nudists enjoy. Most of these nude activities take place outside, where you can enjoy the warm sun and breeze across your skin. Some examples include camping, biking, hiking, swimming, sitting in hot springs, playing group sports, or canoeing.
Whether you want to experience a nude beach, or you want to commit yourself to a club, there are plenty of opportunities to explore and practice naturism throughout the world. The variety of people that practice, as well as the number of activities involved, ensure there is something for everyone!
Why do people even practice nudism?
- They feel more relaxed and in touch with their “inner soul” when they are naked.
- They feel “right” when they have no clothes on, and not so balanced when clothed.
- They feel less inhibited in this state, as the class barriers fall away. A doctor, a king and a beggar are reduced to their purest and real selves when viewed without the clothes of their trades and professions.
- As flesh and bone we are all equal. Some nudists say that being without clothes releases the “real” them, and that clothes will suppress this.
What are the YNA Nudism blogs for?
This Nudist Blog is designed to build an awareness of nudity and the practice of public nudity. Many individuals feel that the more individuals are exposed to nudity, the more commonplace it will become. Individuals will become less aroused and more controlled in environments of nudity. Some venture to believe that over time nudity will lead to less sexual crimes as it has in Europe. Men and women, who are concerned about the potential arousal that may occur, may consider the experience as conditioning that will allow individuals to become accustomed to and accepting of nudity.
The nudist lifestyle is embraced by a growing number of the world’s population. Many resorts and nudist beaches will be explored in this Nudist Blog. Most of the resorts are family friendly and screen all guests staying at the resorts against a database of sex offenders, which is publicly accessible thanks to Megan’s Law. Most of the resorts do not allow cameras or video recorders onto the premises unless doing a promotional shoot. Some individuals may consider the experience biblical and relate it to the Adam and Eve experience before people had knowledge of good and evil. These individuals simply desire to return to the way that nature or God delivered them to the earth. Some individuals just simply feel more comfortable in the nude. Whatever the case, these environments are designed to allow individuals to feel comfortable.
Young Naturists & Young Nudists America seeks to educate people on the resources available to those who seek to pursue a nudist lifestyle. Periodically, articles will be posted on the Nudist Blog to explore the lifestyle and vacation options for nudists. The Nudist Blog aims to free people of their stigma and erase the ignorance associated with individuals who feel comfortable walking around nude. Individuals will be freed of their prejudices and inhibitions as they explore this alternative lifestyle that many find absolutely natural. Consider our Nudist Blog as a wealth of information on your journey to understanding naturism.