The State of Nonsexual Social Nudity – A Nudist Rant!

| November 15, 2013 | 9 Comments

A Rant About the State of Nonsexual Social Nudity, Body Shame & American Society

What is the sate of Nonsexual Social Nudity in America Today?

The State of Nonsexual Social Nudity – Lately, I’ve been perusing the World Wide Web. I wanted to get a feel as to how society in general feels towards non-sexual nudity and the nudist society as a whole. While seemingly there are many advocates for non-sexual social nudity (given that it is done in a respectable manner and appropriate place), it looks like there are twice as many that condemn the idea.While surfing online, I realized that any combination of search terms that includes the word “nude” (in ANY form) will generally bring up pornography sites and news articles related to “negative nudity.” The search results also included quite a few posts by people that deal with city, state and other government officials as well as a bunch of dating sites. I started to wonder, what has created such a widespread demand for sexual nudity? Could it have been our upbringing, social standards or maybe it is part of our genetic makeup? Why is it that simple nudity seems to ALWAYS be considered indecent and inherently sexual in our society today?

Surely, I’m not the only one who has discovered this. But as I continued to research, I found that, at least here in America, we have been “brainwashed” to feel, think and promote the natural state of undress as a bad / lewd thing. Historically we did not have clothing – aside from the furs worn to protect us from the elements. Until Asia invented loom technology over six thousand years ago, we didn’t even know what clothes were. The early European settlers “taught” us that nudity was socially unacceptable here in the Americas. The fact that the Natives had lived this way for a millennia, or even longer, did not seem to make a difference. If anything, it might have done harm as they were perceived to be “primitive” people.

In all honesty, our heritage is that of nudity. The Greeks historically lived nude and embraced social nudity for centuries – using minimalist clothing as a sign of social status. They also portrayed the nude body in artistic paintings, sculptures and participated in many events (such as wrestling and mock battles) without a stitch of fabric. They were the forefathers that invented the Olympic Games – then performed them in the nude. Due to lack of evidence to the contrary, the religions of the world thousands of years ago began the repression of nudity. Sadly, it has continued to this day.

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“Accept or Reject” by Yu Chang

Many questions have been running through my head as of late. I keep wondering why society frowns on those who promote full body acceptance. Another question that goes hand in hand would be why we allow it to continue? Is it not our constitutional right to express ourselves the way we desire? How could nudity be considered sexual when nudists and naturist communities present clear evidence to the contrary? Are people that ashamed of their bodies that they need make up reasons to conceal them? Why are we the only few that can fathom how beneficial a nude society can be, not only health-wise but also socially and economically? Why am I not nude right now? And finally (for now), what can we do to change the societal view and by doing so, create and grow the basic and fundamental understanding and acceptance of the naked human body?

Unfortunately, it seems like we as a society, are set in “our” ways and unless something or someone moves to drastically change that way of thinking, we will only continue to make minuscule strides toward an overall acceptance of nonsexual social nudity. With the laws slowly changing in some areas for the better and in others for the worse, it seems like we might be treading water. That said, those areas where we are making progress offer us a glimmer of hope for the future of our beloved nude ways. But for those of us living in places such as Kansas City, Denver, Minneapolis as well as other areas of the Midwest, I fear we may never experience such freedoms. At least not in my lifetime, which makes me wonder if things would be different if we would sink in more time and money to promote and attract more tourism from other countries. It would be great had we had an organization that would dedicate itself to promoting not just in the USA but abroad as well. Seemingly, the areas with the most tourism, such as Croatia, also have the lesser amount of restraints placed on naturists.

While places such as Kansas City / Missouri and Kansas don’t necessarily condemn naturists or our way of life, they do have laws preventing public nudity. Thus, the impression is that some residents here do not necessarily like the idea of such. For instance, many residents are attempting to have a bronze statue called “accept or reject” created by sculptor Yu Chang in Overland Park arboretum removed. The reason they give is that it’s obscene because it depicts a woman baring her breasts and only partially clothed while taking a picture of herself (imitating the new “naked selfies” phenomena). Thankfully, a grand jury decided that the statue is not obscene and is considered art. What a closed minded society we live in!

It shames me to say that the American society which claims to be accepting of anyone and everyone is, in reality, anything but. I feel that society, as a whole, make people ashamed of themselves. As a result, “the ashamed” fight against what we as naturists attempt to overcome. Who’s to say that a woman is not attractive simply because she is larger than the malnourished woman on a billboard? Who decided that a man is not beautiful because he has body hair and a beer gut and not the toned, hairless body of the model on TV? Why is it that most people are blind to the true beauty of a person?

When American society begins to see the true beauty of a person, perhaps they will see the same things we do and accept the natural beauty that is us. Until then, I suppose we will continue to visit our respective nudist allocated areas, live in the buff behind closed doors and hope that we will someday come together as a whole and reverse the shame that has been inflicted on us so many years ago.

This Nudist Rant About The State of Nonsexual Social Nudity Was Published by – Young Naturists and Nudists America

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Dan Stark is the leader of the YNA Kansas City chapter. He discovered naturism in the summer of 2013 and is now an enthusiastic supporter of the nudie life (along with his girlfriend).
  • diogenes002

    What has created such a widespread demand for sexual nudity?  Could it have been our upbringing, social standards or maybe it is part of our genetic makeup?  Why is it that simple nudity seems to ALWAYS be considered indecent and inherently sexual in our society today?
    Here’s a clue: sex is almost the most powerful drive humans have (after eating and sleeping). Most people, at least younger people, think about sex many times per day. Then ask: what parts of the body are visible only when one is naked?

  • IvanAkirov

    I think that in order to make things change, people also need to learn that human sexuality and its manifestations are not evil. We can keep trying to sell the idea that nudity itself is not an act or state inherently sexual, but as long as we keep the polarization, as long as we maintain the concept that sex and sexuality is bad, evil, dirty, sinful, whatever negative atmosphere we want to give it in order to set a border between it and nudity per se, that border will be comprising nakedness to some or even many, the border must be set in violence, in abuse, in non-ethic behaviors. If we keep indulging violence as entertainment and as legit way to solve our problems, we as a society we’ll need to find a scapegoat, and for those making profit out of violence in any way, sex and nudity (that are our true means of freedom) are the ones to be blamed.

  • SteveYnaNY

    This is a complex subject and YNA embraces it thru a sex positive philosophy that acknowledges our sexuality as a healthy part of our naturism yet reserves sexual intimacy for private spheres. I have written and plan to write more blogs on this topic which you can read here on the YNA blog pages.

  • SteveYnaNY

    Excellent thoughts!

  • MrSandy

    Using the word “sexual” in a discussion of naturism is asking to be not believed or, at least, is asking for confusion. Example: I am a man, and I’m aware that Felicity is a woman. Does that make our often-naked friendship sexual?  You know it doesn’t, but you’re a naturist. Whenever I’m asked whether naturism is sexual, I tell the questioner that I won’t deal with that word (see example just given), and I make it clear that naturism is not erotic. There’s no mistaking what erotic means, so that seems to work.

  • natureboy1776

    I think most people have an undiscovered desire to socialize nude. The problem is until we learn that this can be acceptable, we fear that we ourselves are perverted. To be considered a pervert by our peers is undesirable to say the least. To avoid this some successfully suppress while others lie to themselves, and overcompensate publicly. In lying to ourselves, we sometimes become very confused and sometimes cause real damage mentally. In attempt to cover this secret desire, these people take public stands condemning anything that stirs there confused desire. Look at how many public officials have been caught doing the very thing they so outspokenly condemned in the past. 
    Furthermore, to learn that some people have learned to accept and even thrive in social nudity, these confused masses, lash out. They speak out in the way the internet makes so easy. With rude and “Troll” like comments to the material they stumble on while indulging their secret desires. This very real desire is so strong and wide spread that it has given rise to the very lucrative (and deceptive) porn  industry. This industry thrives on indulging and escalating the desires of the masses while also further confusing them. 
    The porn industry has somehow managed to both pervert nudity so much that wholesome (non-sexual) nudity is regarded as perverse and elevate their own products into the mainstream culture as acceptable.

  • natureboy1776

    IanJamesPatterson There most certainly is non-sexual nudity. You can have and even exhibit SEXUALITY and not be sexual. A non-sexual nude event simply does not permit open sexual contact. This is not the same as denying the sexuality of the human participants.

  • SteveYnaNY

    Body shame is way more pronounced in the USA
    than in some European countries. For example right
    now Susanne and I are in Germany . Right down the
    street is a municipal publicly funded indoor water park.
    It is managed and operated by government employees.
    Each month it hosts textile free nude night-you can swim
    there and go anywhere in the facility completely naked.
    Needless to say we plan to attend.
    The ONLY way to change public opinion is to carefully
    come out of the closet. At YNA Upstate NY we have
    started hosting open, public discussion grps on the benefits
    of social nudity- these are done as textile events to allow
    people an opportunity to explore nudity first as an idea
    before participating. We have started on a university (Cornell)
    Campus and are planning to hold similar events around town. This
    Is an idea from a grp of naturists already doing this successfully in Los Angeles
    We must initiate change and it is a lot of work.
    We have to get out of our nudie hideaways to do it

  • IanJamesPatterson

    There is no such thing as non sexual nudity because there is no such thing as a non sexual person. We all have a sexual filter we see the world through. For some of us the filter is small and hardly noticeable. For others, the filter is large and overwhelming to such a degree that even a coke bottle can become arousing.