Almost Naked Women Are Everywhere – Why Not In Nudism?
By: Erik Jacobsen
Almost Naked Women On The Streets Of NY – Why Not Just Become A Nudist?
Almost Naked Women – It’s a hot week in New York as the summer winds down, and while these temperatures are not unusual for the region, they do come on the heels of what was an unusually wet and rainy spring.
During those rains the ceiling of my office, located on the top floor of an old building near Central Park, sprang a leak. Over the course of a few days and a few rainstorms, the ceiling panels began to collapse and I could smell mold as it began to flourish in the near-constant damp.
While repairs were underway, I was forced to move down the hall to a temporary location. The upside of the situation is that I am now more centrally located, and I see many of my coworkers much more than usual.
As we began the week with proper late-summer heat, I noticed almost immediately how little clothing some of my female coworkers were wearing. Now, I work for a nonprofit organization, and our dress code can best be described as nonexistent.
However, we tend to maintain a business-casual atmosphere. In my usual office location, I can literally go days without seeing some of the people I work with. So I suspect this manner of dress is nothing new – I just hadn’t noticed it in previous summers.
I don’t mean to imply that my female colleagues are prancing around the office in bikinis (not that it would do anything for me – as a nudist I’ve seen more T&A in person before the age of 40 than most other men will see in a lifetime). But short skirts, short-shorts and skimpy tank tops have been out in full force the past few days.
And it’s worth noting that I work with women of all shapes, sizes and ages – all of whom have been displaying variants of these fashion choices. Meanwhile, those of us on the male side of the aisle continue to wear our standard uniforms of long pants and long-sleeved shirts.
As I walk around midtown Manhattan daily, it’s evident that women are showing far more skin than men during the summer – also regardless of body type and age. Even women who are clearly dressed for work have more leg, arm and chest on display than any man could get away with in a professional office.
Why is it that we accept that women show so much skin when they are otherwise clothed, yet when it comes to nudism the paradigm shifts almost completely?
In other words, why do women seem fine dressing down – often WAY down – in everyday life, but crossing the line to nudism is something that far more men than women actually succeed in doing? Many of the outfits I see – both in and outside of my office – don’t leave much to the imagination, practically speaking.
We know all about body confidence issues that plague women, and the conflation of nudity and sex. But it’s interesting that many women have no problem coming to within what is essentially shouting distance of naturism. Yet the number that actually participate is comparatively tiny.
So what is stopping them?
That the acceptance of women showing more skin in daily life doesn’t translate to participation in nudism and naturism tells me a couple of things. As a society, we have successfully hyper-sexualized what amounts to a few square inches of the body’s surface.
The unholy trinity that consists of the breasts (or more specifically the areola according to many public nudity laws) and the genitals must be covered by a minimal amount of fabric. The difference between a pleasant day at the beach and a trip to jail, it would seem, is a string bikini.
It’s also clear that we in the nudist movement have a marketing problem. As the old expression goes, you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink. There are two components to social nudity – the first is being nude, and the second is being nude in the presence of other (nude) people.
Assuming there are many women who don’t necessarily have a problem with the first part, how do we help them overcome their reluctance to the second part?
In marketing terms, women who are open to being nude at home by themselves would be considered the “low-hanging fruit” for crossing over into social nudism. These “antisocial nudists” – both women and men – certainly exist.
And it’s understandable. Without a friend or partner to “buddy up” with for a trip to a nude beach or resort, baring all to a group of strangers can be a daunting step to take. This can especially be the case for women, who may fear unwanted attention by men even if they are completely comfortable with their own bodies.
So while we continue to fight to dispel the myths surrounding nudity, naturism and social nudity, we also need to keep in mind that there are many more people who are closer than we think to coming over to our side. They just need a little extra help getting there.
For women who are reading this, I would ask the following questions: What convinced you to try social nudity for the first time? Or even home nudism, for that matter? Was it on your own initiative, or did someone guide you along the path? Did you start with home nudism, and then make the jump to social nudity?
Perhaps the willingness of some women to show more skin in daily life is a poor proxy for interest in naturism, but I think it’s a link worth exploring. And the answers to these questions could be very informative as to how we attract new members to the nudie ranks.