Nudist Erection and Issues Pertaining to Erections In Public
Nudist Erection and Issues With Nude Nudists With Erections
Yes erections are natural, but a nudist with erections is an unwelcome sight in a a public nudist setting:
Public Nudist Erections – A number of articles out there deal with the (potentially overexposed!) topic of nude males with erections and nudism. Many who practice naturism feel that too much negative emphasis goes towards this naturally occurring event.
Others within the nudist community express the sentiment of “protecting” certain groups from what they perceive as an overtly sexual gesture. Religious aspects and societal views continue to make the penis and its actions an area of discussion within the nudist community.
Click here to read our article about the male penis.
Male Penis Erections and Why Men Get Erect
An erection is typically defined as the physical result of additional blood traveling to an organ with erectile tissue, especially the penis or clitoris. In the U.S., “erection” is typically used for the male penis. In the penis, local tissue is home to a number of spongy chambers that remain soft, or flaccid, most of the time. Erections are typically associated with sexual maturation and arousal. That said, studies show that prepubescent boys also experience occasional hardening of the penis.
An interesting component to erections includes the act of involuntary hardening. Sexually oriented thoughts are NOT the only thing that causes the male penis to rise to the occasion. It’s normal for guys to get erect several times a day for no particular reason. Also, any act that generates blood flow to the lower portion of the body, like sports, can be enough to trigger an erection. It’s also normal for a man to get erect during REM (rapid eye movement) sleep.
Erections can be impossible to control, especially among younger males. So an erection does not automatically signal sexual arousal; however, society still almost exclusively associates it with sexual arousal. Erections can subside on their own or after ejaculation.
Average Size of an Erect Penis
While we’re on the subject, we may as well address penis size. Most naturists see for themselves that penises vary greatly in size, shape and appearance. Just for reference, the average size when flaccid is 3 – 4 inches long and average erection size is 5 – 6 inches long. But please note: most penises that fall outside of these ranges are still normal. These are simply averages.
You might already know about sizes, but did you know that flaccid size does not determine erection size ? A small penis may grow quite a few inches in length while a longer penis might not grow much at all. For guys with the former, this is where the phrase “I’m a grower, not a shower” comes in.
Does Penis Size Matter?
Popular culture promotes the idea that small is shameful, and bigger is always better for sex. A lot of mainstream pornography features men with big penises for entertainment value. In reality, many women would agree that bigger does not mean better.
Sex educators correct this myth by saying it’s not the size of your penis that matters as much as what you do with it. Many women would prefer a small or average-size penis over a large one. (Of course there are people who prefer certain sizes – small and large! – or who fetishize certain sizes.)
Sexual matters aside, in naturist settings, there is no need to feel ashamed or embarrassed about your penis size. Everyone looks different, and naturists could generally care less about the size of your penis, or any body part for that matter.
Penile Erections in Religion and Society
Massage therapist Sarah Ryan-Knox explored the dilemma of male erections within her profession. Her piece on handling the situation professionally included a section where co-workers expressed conflicted emotions about dealing with a stimulated client. While most therapists understand that massage could cause involuntary erections, some felt the session might deviate from the therapeutic and into the sexual territory.
Clients expressed feelings of embarrassment at the thought of potential erections when they really have no reason to feel shame. Ryan-Knox went on to explain why the penis still has a bad reputation in modern society.
A 5th century philosopher by the name of Augustine helped to shape religious opinion regarding the penis and all of its actions. While the seeds of Western Christianity were in their infant stages, Augustine touted the connection between erections, lust and sin. Previous generations admired the penis and its connection to masculinity. But a rapidly changing society began to see the organ as the root of evil. This shift in perception left an impression that still causes issues today.
Antiquated torture devices demonstrate the fear and hate associated with erections. Cages lined with spikes, metal codpieces and electroshock machines emerged to help men handle their “embarrassing” condition. Many households utilized these contraptions until the early 20th century.
Psychologists discovered that religion also plays a major part in sexual issues expressed by many of their current patients. A 2011 article for Examiner.com illustrated how deeply religious families teach children that sex is a dirty / taboo topic and anything dealing with the sexual organs is wrong.
These attitudes carry over into adulthood and taint everything from romantic relationships to public interactions. In situations where physical abuse did not exist, extreme religious teachings fostered many dysfunctions and strong opinions.
Nudist Views on Getting a Penis Erection in a Public Setting or Naked Event
“What if I get an erection?” is the number one question among guys looking to try social nudity. For some, the fear of getting a public erection is enough to curb their interest in it. The fact is, nudist erections are talked about way more than they actually occur in social nude settings.
Many have trouble separating nudity and sexuality in their minds and can’t imagine how a social nude setting could be anything but arousing. But once they experience it and get used to it, they can see that it’s no more overtly sexual than the public textile beach (and in reality, a nude beach is even less so which is why nudist men with erections at nude beach are also quite rare).
In the nudist community, the established nudist erection etiquette is to cover up with a towel or go in the water until the moment passes. In nudist resorts / clubs, having an involuntary erection or temporary arousal is usually tolerated as long as guys are discrete about it. However, flaunting or walking around with a prolonged visible erection is typically against the rules and may result in being asked to leave. The reasoning being that flaunting an erection is an inappropriate sexual behavior / advance and will make others uncomfortable.
Some naturists see nothing wrong with involuntary erections and believe there is too much shame and embarrassment surrounding a natural bodily function. In a forum discussion on the topic, users illustrate many random moments where a situation could arise, during a communal movie or in the midst of a volleyball game. Some naturists don’t think guys should even have to cover up when it happens because it’s simply “natural.” Of course the counterargument is that sex itself is also “natural,” yet most naturists do not have sex in public (and surely not during a naturist or nudist function).
Some naturists feel the need to protect children and other groups from sexual exposure. Parents fear the vision of an erect male will send their progeny into a state of confusion and cause psychological scarring.
A small percentage of naturists wrote about respecting the needs of individuals who experienced prior abuse and assault. The sight of an erect penis could trigger unpleasant memories in victims of sexual crime.
Harden Nipples vs. Penis Erections – A Double Standard?
There are formal rules and behavior etiquette in place for male erections, but finding similar information for females is next to impossible. This is where the double standards come into play.
Once again, some people within the nudist community feel that penis and nipple erections are naturally occurring functions. Others connect penis erections to instant sexual arousal and potential danger, while trivializing similar female responses.
Feedback wanted about nudist erections and getting penis erections in public:
So now it’s your turn to share your thoughts. Do you feel that naturists need to loosen up in regards to male erections and become more tolerant of this “natural function” of the penis? Or should erections never be tolerated in a naturist / nudist environment?
An erection, even an involuntary one, is often a source of shame and embarrassment and stops some guys from even trying naturism. Should we alter the current erection etiquette so as to not promote body shame?
What do you say to guys who are afraid of getting an erection in a naturist setting?
This post about the “dreaded” Nudist Erection was published by – Young Naturists and Nudists America
About the Author (Author Profile)Jordan Blum is a lifelong nudie and co-founder of Young Naturists America.
I think the number one rule at nudist events should be to use common sense and courtesy at all times. I have talked to many nudist women and young girls about the subject of male erections and exactly zero have said they would be offended if the man was polite. There is absolutely no reason to ask men to cover it with a towel as if it were something to be ashamed of. This foolish rule is the main reason that most nudist resorts consist of older men and their families and why we see very few teen boys there. I would hope that this group which caters to young people would lead the charge in changing nudists attitudes on this subject. Treat it as a perfectly natural action and it will go away quickly on its own. I would love to hear from other young men and women on this subject. My name is Jim and you may email me at email@example.com
I was watching a video about baristas (coffee houses, for the uninitiated) in Washington state that feature topless (with pasties) servers, and just as scantily clad male waiters and staff. A Christian lady was interviewed for her reaction, and she related a story about her young child who saw a topless lady in a drive-thru window who said "Mommy, there's a lady with no clothes on," at which point everyone in the car turned to look. Suddenly seeing the topless waitress, the concerned mom said, "Oh! um, no... Don't look!" My point is that we all have that natural tendency to look, if for no other reason than it is so unusual. If, however, nudity was everywhere, there'd really be nothing to see. Those who think they are offended by it would get used to the idea quickly. The ultimate goal of "love your neighbor as yourself" can still be maintained regardless of one's level of dress. Two lifetimes from now people will be having sex in the park on Saturday afternoon and no one will bat an eyelash... it's just what people, at that point in time, will do for their weekend entertainment.
@JimOlsson I was with you until the "having sex in the park" bit. There is a big difference between public nude sunbathing and public sex. Simple nudity does not cause psychological harm to others, including kids, but the same cannot be said for overt sexual behavior. Sex requires consent and the maturity of a certain age, whether you are participating or simply viewing it. That is why it's illegal in public and there are places specifically designated for open / public sex, for those who are into that sort of thing.
@FelicityJones Kids on farms see sex all the time, albeit cows and horses. Even interurban kids occasionally see dogs and cats doing the wild thing. Seeing humans having sex shouldn't cause any more psychological harm than seeing critters doing it, UNLESS adults interpret it as harmful and then inculcate the youth with their dire nonsense. Greece, for centuries, thrived in an environment of pederasty, and was the dominant civilization of its day. MANY "civilized" countries today tacitly approve of children as sex objects (illegal on the books, but overlooked as long as discretion is observed.) A lot of children are raised in households where there is only one room, and if dad wants any, he has to get it in front of kids or when they're gone. I have heard various second-hand accounts (sources I consider reliable) of people (Latino community / southern California) running continuous orgies in their homes where they also raise their children. As more and more kids are taught sex education earlier and earlier in their grade school curricula, I'm predicting that sex will increasingly lose its taboo status. You can see that already in the number of people who stream their sexual adventures on the internet for all to see. You can see it in the diverse makeup of said encounters, MM, FF, MFF, or MMF, or what have you. You can see it in the mainstreaming of transgenderification. Mind you, I'm not advocating the things I predict, it's simply what I see coming down the pike.
Just absolutely enjoy being naked as much time as possible,although not in front of others,but mostly on my own...
In bed,I try to sleep completely naked,as the feeling is irresistible,but don't actually manage to sleep well,either because of erections,or rubbing my nude body...
Any advice on managing to sleep naked successfully?
It still happens to me from time to time.. I am not ashamed of my penis growing infront of everyone, and get fully erect. Happened to me... The sad part is the resorts you are asked to leave... So what if I fart ??
Its just a common fact.When you come from a life of textile living and embrace naturism/nudism,the emotions initially are overwhelming,and the sudden sense of penis freedom ..air flow,environment,and people seeing you fully naked for the first time,and obviously seeing your most secret organ suddenly exposed to all,erections are bound to happen.It is okay...naturists understand fully,and that is no reason to shy away from naturism.After about the third time...erections do not happen.The secret is to mix with more naked people and societies to get used to being naked,and seeing others naked. As an old nudist,and having been a naturist all my life and having raised my son a nudist since a baby,and having been to many naturist camps and events,and having barbecues in the nude,the heat of the fire occasionally produces erections,sometimes a silly thing like a fly running across your penis or scrotum,a tickling towel or plant could also produce erections...and in the case of kids,a full bladder...its allright...no shame in erections.
@poenakaalvoet Agree, way too much is made of something that is natural & healthy. It is how you handle it, pun intended (simply dont)
that should be the marker. Even "seasoned" nudist men sometimes
have erections (after all, even though one may hav been a nudist for
a long time, we are still sexual beings at our core). And while all this
"seasoning" might be helpful in lessening the odds of a spontaneous
erection occurring, it won't preclude it entirely, if ur a normal, healthy
male of almost any age. Sometimes the sheer sensuality of being in
a nude environment can trigger the autonomic response that can lead
to the poor old penis filling with blood. I would hope that what Poen-
akaalvoet said about nudists having understanding about erections is
true for the most part. Having to turn over, run jump into the pool, as
well as the act of covering "it" up wth a towel, would only draw MORE
attention to the situation (the "tenting" effect) so why shd one bother?
look I am not perving,these are facts.if the odd erection does happen...deal with it wisely,no need to be shy...or justify it...but the truth is...some people will get offended,just cover it until it subsides or turn on your stomach.I never encouraged my son to cover up,as it is normal any way,especially if you are a teen,and because we had no issue with erections,we did not fuss about his or mine...and he was easy with it.When his friends came for a sleep ov er,he still slept in the nude,as did i,and it was unavoidable in the mornings.And when he and his friends often wrestled,and occasionally,not often,he would have an erection...not because of lust or arousal,but constant friction and contact...he just ignored it.At first his friends joked about it,but later just accepted it when it happened
Once I was walking in a narrow path,and just spontaneously had an erection. Perhaps it was the tickling of the shrubs,and I faced an approaching couple ,and we had to pass in close quarters...I just politely stepped aside,and let them pass.I never encouraged covering up,neither flaunting it...its just natural.
I raised my son a nudist/naturist from a young age.And erections to him was no issue.He in particular loved watching divas wrestle,and we usually made a bed for him in front of the TV,and having raised my son a naturist,he would attend school barefoot(out of his choice) and when he came home after school,would get undressed and stay naked and even go and play with his friends in the nude,or they would come over to us,and both of us were naked any way,so watching tv he was naked any way,and often developed erections.He had no issue,neither us as his parents.
We went for a burger and soda when he turned 13 to a local coastal town,living at the beach ourselves.after the burger,he wanted to go for a swim...we had no swim wear with us,and being christmas holiday,the beach was packed.He insisted he wanted to go for a swim,and having reminded him we had no swim wear for him,en said it was no issue,he would swim in the nude.I agreed then,and let him undress and go for the swim.After the swim,he sat in the sun to dry out,and developed an erection.One woman confronted him on it stating it was disgusting.I wanted to defend him,but he looked her in the eye and said..."I am a boy,I have a penis,and I am a teenager...our penises do erect,as it should...You have no right looking there...have no right to approach me,and you have no business looking there.That makes you disgusting,a voyeur and a perv...and in case you don't know...penises do that,so go perv somewhere else...it doesn't bother me,so it shouldn't bother you"
Well all she did was stomp off...and he was applauded by the beach...which was a total textile beach!we had no issue with erections,he saw me in the mornings,as I sleep naked,and he slept naked as well,and often came to our room to sleep in with us,and his erections were very visible,but we had no issue.Its a normal reaction...
@poenakaalvoet Awesome!!! I really love the way you chose to raise your son. Great to see that mother raises her son as a human and not some person that is afraid of what people think of human bodies. We are all human, men, boys, women, girls. Appreciate our bodies for what they are and what they do. People should grow up and except that boys get erections. Also, that happens to men and sometimes you have no control. You should not have to hide an erection or be ashamed of that happening. Great post and I am glad you have chosen to raise your son a nudist the right way.
@poenakaalvoet Ha ha ha! What an awesome kid! Great story! He was right. It was "she" who was the perv. Even fetuses in the womb get erections.
I've been interested in nudism and naturism for a while now, but I've decided to not attend any beaches, events, or groups. The naturist scene is terribly hypocritical. Even here male sexuality is vilified. Erections are evil and dangerous, and sexuality is still shamed! If naturism is about removing body shame, and sexuality is part of what we are, then I'll have no part. This is not me looking for an easy lay or an excuse to ogle and not be chastised, this is not an excuse for me to wag my hard dick around or any other debasing, degrading, predatory thing I've been told I'm doing when I say this - I will not join a nudist group that has problems with male erections or sexuality. I can understand screening men for predatory behavior since it's still so prevalent in society, but I will not join a group that takes the physical clothes off just to keep the mind's clothes on. And I will not cover my erection like I should be ashamed of myself. It doesn't scar kids. Hell, sex doesn't scar kids! It's all about how parents react - if parents react with fear and instill fear about sex and villify erections, then that's what kids are going to learn - that sex is bad and penises are dangerous.
Having a simple, spontaneous erection should not cause men
to be chastised or feel ashamed. After all, if it wasn't for them,
we wouldn't be having this discussion - because NONE of us
would even be here. Think about that, boner police. Erections
can and do "pop up" occasionally, without provocation or any
conscious thought. That's just the physiology of the penis, in
conjunction with the autonomic nervous system.If an erection
occurs, the most common sense thing for the man (as WELL
AS others in the area) is to simply ignore it and continue do-
ing whatever they were doing before - talking, dancing, playing
volleyball, etc. It is common knowledge that unless manually
stimulated, an erect penis will usually soften within short time,
& the few that might have even noticed would not be offended.
Running 2 the pool, or covering "it" (the "devil") with proverbial
towel would only draw more attention to the "problem" (U ever
heard of the "tenting" effect?) which would in turn be evn more
embarrassing to the poor guy. As long as the guy nonchalantly
continued what he was doing, without sexual gestures & words,
fondling it,etc. he shouldn't have to hide his so-called "problem"
from anybody, becaus the "problem" would go away on its own
in a short time, typically. In the rare event the erection persist-
ed for more than a few minutes, he could just casually excuse
himself & retreat to a more secluded setting until the "problem"
subsided. It should be the behaviour of the fellow with a woody
that is noted - NOT the size or angle or the woody itself. Darn.
Great topic. I am a nudist and I am a male also. I have had an erection at a nudist resort. Not a big deal and it is natural to have an erection. Part of being male and should not be looked down on. Humans are sexual beings and that is a fact. We have sex organs and should not be afraid to show them and sometimes things can arise. I personally had an erection and nobody said anything at this resort. And yes I also did ejaculate, but again it is part of being human. Nudists should not have a problem with being sexual. I see nothing wrong with having an erection and you should not have to cover it with a towel or hide it. Just my opinion and be proud to be a male (Human).
@DaxDruckman I agree with everything you said,…um, but, unless you were at an adult park where sex was a feature on the beach…where did the fact that you ejaculated come into the picture? I mean, a hard on is one thing….an ejaculation typically does not happen without focused and deliberate effort to make it happen. You mention ejaculation like its normal to be shooting off publicly all over nude beaches. That confuses me about your post…
may i aks what nude resort you went that you had a erection were there totally fine with it
may i ask what is the nude resort that you had the erection
@mystiqmajor @DaxDruckman Sometimes ejaculation happens. I was laying out in the sun and yes I fell asleep. This happens sometimes to males. I am not some perv and I did not do that on purpose either. Again, I prove my point that people are really uptight of the male human body. I do not stare at people and start masturbating. People need to accept that men and boys sometimes have no control over what happens to their penis. It's part of the male human body. Get over it and move on.
That is the most asked question from those males who want to experience nudism for themselves. It is very understandable when trying something new for the first time to be anxious be it driving a new car, sky diving or visiting a nudist venue. The anxiety itself will generally prevent any embarrassment (medically speaking). It rarely happens, but since bare etiquette demands you sit on your own towel, cover up, roll over, go for a swim. Yes, it`s natural, but it`s not appropriate in a genuine nudist setting. It can and does offend others. There are other natural functions as well that I don`t want to witness in a nudist setting It my 40+ years of being a nudist, I`ve witnessed an erection only twice at a nudist park. One man was parading around with it, he was quickly escorted off the grounds. The second time, a fellow was napping. Someone tapped his shoulder, and the fellow turned over. The more often you are nude, the more comfortable you will be.
What happens if I get an erection? This is a very common question from those new to social nudity but frankly it rarely happens. But if does, then no problem. Everyone around you will start pointing and laughing at you until some mesomorph/homophobe thinks he sees you looking at his girlfriend/self and beats you to a pulp. After this happens a number of times you get conditioned to go limp at the sight of a naked body. So as you can see, it isn't really anything to worry about it. :)
Konata888 The more a person is nude, at home, beach or nudist venue, the less often any problems will surface.
nice topic. i've always wanted to try nudism, but thought better not to because of the erection issue. dont want to offend anyone. i view the female anatomy as fine art but sometimes the bottom head just does its own thing no matter what the top head does.
RobertEbersold NotanlinesGuy "I had to concentrate on my drawing... to make sure an erection didn't happen!" - so what happens naturally when you're clothed isn't allowed to happen when you're naked. This needing to prove one's a good little rule-follower is bad enough, but the real problem is the fundamental dishonesty of "approved" ghettoized naturist venues where basic human naturalness is fascistically controlled. No one but no one has any right to tell anyone else to "lose that erection or else!"- Such snarky puritan boner police need to be told, Sorry, it's my body and my basic human instinct, it's most likely not inspired by you, and so you have nothing to do with it.
Good for you, davepabian. Your above remark in which you said,
"No one has the right to tell anyone else to 'lose that erection or
else' - such snarky puritan boner police need to be told, Sorry, it's
my body and my basic human instinct, andi it's most likely not in-
spired by you" is dead on. Sounded to me like a great response
to "officer" Cheri Donna, lol. From viewing her photo, and reading
her opinions, I would agree with what U said about any erections
you had not being inspired by her (goes double for me). If all the
women in nudist venues looked & sounded like this woman, it is
for sure there would never be any more erection "problems" that
would have to be dealt with. I see myself as pretty much of what
one could call a common sense, libertarian, middle of the road in
all areas of life type of guy, including my views on the nudist life
style. From my perspective, people like Cheri Donna are about as
close to the lunatic fringe from their extreme viewpoint, as those
who would advocate parading around with an erection, flaunting it,
trying to cause it to happen, etc., are, in the other direction. Both
extremes, in my opinion, have no place in general social nudism.
NotanlinesGuyLast month I was at an artist gathering at a private farm. Several people I've never met, male and female, old and young, two of which were young, very beautiful girls. All of were naked, and all of us took turns posing for the others to paint or draw. It was fun, we had good conversation, and good artistic practice. I will admit there were a few times where I had to concentrate on my drawing and relax my groin muscles to make sure an erection didn't happen! However, after an hour or so, it wasn't the nudity that mattered, it was the people and the art. Once you 'forget' that you are naked, you can get on with the regular activities. By the time to clean up for lunch, we didn't want to put clothes back on! (But we did, out of respect for the other artists who did not join us in the naked area.)
NotanlinesGuy JohnThomas1 Heather Avalon Last month I was at an artist gathering at a private farm. Several people I've never met, male and female, old and young, two of which were young, very beautiful girls. All of were naked, and all of us took turns posing for the others to paint or draw. It was fun, we had good conversation, and good artistic practice. I will admit there were a few times where I had to concentrate on my drawing and relax my groin muscles to make sure an erection didn't happen! However, after an hour or so, it wasn't the nudity that mattered, it was the people and the art. Once you 'forget' that you are naked, you can get on with the regular activities. By the time to clean up for lunch, we didn't want to put clothes back on! (But we did, out of respect for the other artists who did not join us in the naked area.)
Well said...another truth, amazing! It is truly stunning that anyone would be so ignorant as to think such twisted ideas were facts, and even more absurd that anyone would have ever posted such. Maybe a few will actually see the truth in what you said here.
bodyworks2010 Thanks buddy! I appreciate all your comments. Please feel free to email me [email protected] - Hope to hear from you!
It's an interesting article, but the tone seems a little too "careful," as if not wanting to offend some imagined person or group with basic human facts. Even the second paragraph contains a dodge with the line about pre-pubescent boys experiencing "occasional hardening of the penis," instead of just writing that they get erections. I remember as a pre-pubescent boy getting lots of erections and most if not all of them were the result of some sort of sexual stimulation (whatever that might constitute for an 8-year-old boy). The sentimental feminist-driven myth that children don't experience sexual thoughts is one of the biggest lies we pretend to. I can't speak for girls (except for one 10-year-old I knew as a child), but I sure know what we boys talked about, even though we really didn't know what we were talking about. And I don't think my elementary school was an island of precocious sexuality with the rest of the country experiencing the untroubled nirvana of pure childhood innocence. As for nudism, I like how a friend expresses it - current established social nudism is mostly about not really being naked. Men get erections often for any number of reasons (the warm sun, a sensuous breeze, even sometimes a bumpy ride in a vehicle), but somehow when it's at a nudist venue it becomes something in another category with all sorts of stupid pejorative admonitions about it. Many social settings have a sexual component and nudist settings are no exception, but nudists sometimes, often understandably, go to extremes denying sexuality because they're too often perceived as being ONLY about sexuality, which is also crazy. In our politically correct, post-psychobabble world, everyone's on the defensive about not offending someone. Those who self-righteously pronounce erections as potentially damaging to a victim of a sexual crime seem to me to be suffering from the displaced sentimentality that the worst thing that anyone can experience has to be related to sexuality, thereby offensively trivializing real trauma, like seeing one's parents murdered, or experiencing hideous physical pain or dismemberment, or being kept in a box for 20 years. But the sight of a penis, even a hard one, even one being masturbated, causes irreparable harm? Get real. The harm comes from a society hammering away at the lie that sexual acts have more damage-potential than anything else and the peculiar American penchant for publicly basking in the sacred spotlight of Victimhood. No one suggests that some book or movie about a serial killer should be banned because it might trigger bad memories in a survivor or survivor's family, or that I shouldn't be allowed at a nudist venue because the sight of my circumcised penis might trigger sadness in some neo-nazi that the reich didn't last 1000 years, or that my being bald might remind someone of their violent alcoholic Uncle Carl. All right, I've overplayed this argument, but the damaged inner child defense is one of the stupidest aspects of our maudlin cultural degeneracy. Some of the comments here ask in downright challenging tones if getting an erection for being naked proves a subconscious sexual connotation. So what if it does? There's no thought behind the accusation, just an offensively aggressive pose of standing on some moral high-ground. There's nothing more offensive than puritanical accusatory thought police. I'm not advocating marching around to show off an erect penis, but just having one? Who cares. And no one should feel compelled or pressured to hide it. The idea that being human should be kept a secret except in certain accepted ghettos of behavior is pretty insane. But that's true of nudity also. I advocate for the freedom of being naked anywhere anytime because being naked is just being one's self. Concealing that self with reconstituted animals, plants and plastic is taking an action, making a statement, asserting one's position in life, and totally unnatural.
I BELIEVE THAT NUDIST COLONIES SHOULD REGULATE LIKE AARP. IN OTHER WORDS, WAIT ON IT. THE WORTH IS IN THE WAIT. THIS IS BECAUSE OF THE NON SEXUAL BASIS OF THE GROUP. I THINK OVER EMPHASIZING YOUTH OR YOUNG WOULD BE SELF DEFEATING AND UNFAIR TO THE YOUTH TO HAVE THEM DENY THEIR SEXUALITY WHILE THEY ARE YOUNG. THE MEMBERSHIP MIGHT BE EXPERIENCING A DECLINE BECAUSE OF THE COMING OUT OF SO MANY GAYS OR SAME SEX INDIVIDUALS AND COUPLES.
EstellaDavis Please take off your CAPS lock. Online that's the equivalent to SCREAMING. Thank you. Among the nudist populations are also Gay and Bi individuals who are welcome to nudist venues since overt sexuality is not there.
Nudism has historically been for the older generations. Certainly young people have participated and are always welcome but most people get involved in their older years.
I know this is an young naturalist blog and I am certainly not saying young people should be excluded but the idea that WE MUST get young people involved hasn't been shown to be historically accurate. Even in the 1970s they were talking about the need to get young people involved as essential to nudism's survival and here we are 40 years later talking about the same thing.
Great article. Very informative and thorough. Some of the arguments against accepting an erection seem like the same arguments against nudism. I would also venture to guess that it would be good to accept all penis states erection so people understand how they work. An erection doesn't mean I'm going to attack anyone anymore than being nude does. I'm not ashamed of my penis. I'm proud of my penis.
boss1 "Accept all erections so people see how they work"?? Oh please. Nobody is saying men should be ashamed of their penises. But there is a huge difference between having pride in it and displaying it inappropriately. Since erections can indicate sexual desire and make others feel like they are being looked at for sexual reasons - something they want to get away from at nudist places - it is wrong to walk around with an erection.
This is really a non-issue for people who have been to nudist venues. Erections rarely happen. I think telling men to just cover it with the towel is sufficient in the way they tell you about how you can use your seat as a floatation device in case of a water landing.
The man would go knowing that there's is a easy answer for the problem if it should occur, but then once they go they will realize what a non-issue it really is.
Im fair sure if we took an accurate survey of men and boys, we would see clearly that for most if not all nonnudist raised mails, the bodies first and inviluntary responce to the mind experiencing being fully nude in public, even if no one is nearby, is an almost immediate full erection. This responce will disipate and not often occur after several experiences of getting nude in public...
Mostly a good article, Jordan. I wold have preferred to see some references for the author's undocumented comments about all those so-called non-natural reasons for erections. I got nervous about his opinions when he refers to Augustine's heyday in the early 5th Century as a time when "the seeds of Western http://nudistnaturistamerica.org/christianity-and-nudism were in their infant stages". The seeds of Catholic theology were being sown by Bishop Augistine in North Africa then, yes! But the roots of true Jesus Following had been clearly laid down in generally-accepted and taught Gospels and letters 400 years before. In my experience, I'd argue that the chemicals have to surge in the conscious or subconscious mid before the blood boils in the groin. I'd suggest male concerns are really about their lack of self-control around the issue of natural nudity.
The first time I went to a nudist beach I spent several hours covering my penis with a towel because as soon as I removed it I'd get an erection. I hadn't had any sexual thoughts and wasn't attracted to anyone on the beach (there was only 2 or 3 people there most of the time), so it was purely a response to being naked in sight of other people. Eventually I was able to resist erection for longer periods by distracting myself from my own nudity through visualising scenes from my favourite action movies. Still, it seemed strange to be carrying a towel everywhere I walked in case of erection.
Konata888 I have exactly the same problem, which is why I will never be joining a closed nudist club, the first time I went to casuarina nudist beach I isolated my self and only go from my towel to the ocean and back again only, and still do.
Konata888 I'm not a guy, but it seems to me that if the act of being naked in the sight of other people causes you to get an erection there must be some subconscious sexual connotation to social nudity for you, no?
Konata888 The fact that no one had seen you naked before was worthy of a mention by you. If you were over, let's say, 22 at the time, that is unusual.
Heather Avalon Konata888 It's hard to know what's going on in my subconscious. I certainly felt very nervous and self-conscious as I had not even been seen naked by another person since I was a child. Society taught me from a young age that clothing was a must in any public area, so I felt somewhat like a deviant as I undressed and my emotions (mainly fear, but also excitement at breaking the pyschological barrier) were running strong. It's rare for me to have that combination of emotions, perhaps my brain subconsciously associated them with the feeling of arousal.
Konata888 Heather Avalon Thanks for sharing all that. Hopefully, you took steps to keep it hidden at the time. And if no one has seen you naked since childhood, even in private, that's another issue.
j238 My history of being clothed is not an issue or even unusual, I was just explaining why I felt so afraid about being naked. Also, it's very true that many people avoid nudism because they are ashamed of their erections. I didn't give up because I had a strong determination to make being nude something I could enjoy.