An Introduction to Nudism and Naturism

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The Origins Of Modern Day Nudism and Naturism

Nudism and Naturism – In the United States, Naturism is also known as nudism. It is a cultural movement that is centered around practicing social nudity in both public and private spaces.

Most nudists participate in these social activities as part of an overall natural lifestyle that promotes healthy social relationships, body image sensitivity awareness and a sense of comfort in one’s own skin.

The Term Naturism

Let’s take a look at the origins of naturism, the world of modern naturism and the changing views of social nudity within the general public. The term naturism was first coined in 1798 by the physician Jean Baptiste Luc Planchon, who recommended the practice of nudity as a means to improve general health by leading a life that was in tune with nature.

The modern nudist movement finds its roots in Germany during the late 20th century, when writers like Heinrich Pudor and Richard Ungewitter popularized the concept of social nudity with the public. These early nudists believed that practicing social nudity during sporting events and other recreational activities increased mental and physical fitness, as well as social skills and moral outlook.

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Modern Nudism Values

While modern nudists have a wide range of reasons for enjoying public nudity, nearly all naturists are heavily influenced by the values of early naturists. Across Western Europe, Canada and the United States, there are numerous nudist organizations that allow like-minded families and individuals to get together and socialize nude in private spaces. There are also now public beaches in many areas of the world that allow nudists to enjoy beach activities without clothing, as well as retreats that are open to the public for nudists who are not interested in joining a formal organization.

The basic ideal that governs all these different nudist clubs, organizations and groups is that nudity and sexuality are two separate issues. While in a nudist setting, it is important to make a clear distinction. The reason is that nudism is in its purest form is no different than “clothism”. True nudists believe that they should be able to enjoy whatever clothed people do (with their friends, family and children) the only difference is that they would prefer doing in naked.

Nudists believe that the naked human body is not, in and of itself, lewd, shameful or pornographic. It is just simply a person who happens not to be wearing clothes. Nothing more, nothing less. Based on this outlook, they are okay with their kids seeing other naked people but they most surly not want their kids exposed to sexuality.

Social Nudism Is Our Right?

Although social nudism transcends the common taboo against public nudity, recent studies have shown that the general public is increasingly comfortable with non sexualized naturism. The general consensus is that people recognize social nudity as a civil right if it is done in a specifically sanctions location.

A Gallup Poll performed in 2000 revealed that nearly half of the population believes that secluded public land should be set aside for nudists to legally enjoy themselves in parks and beaches. The same poll revealed that 80% of the population is comfortable with nude sunbathing in allotted areas.

So why not give it a try? The worst that could happen might be losing those coveted tan lines ;)

This post about nudism and naturism was published by Young Naturists And Nudists America

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Jordan Blum is a lifelong nudie and co-founder of Young Naturists America.