Almost Naked Women and Anti Social Nudists

| August 29, 2013 | 11 Comments

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.

Nearly Nude Girl With Just a Short Summer Dress

Nearly Nude Girl With Just a Short Summer Dress

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.

Nearly Topless Miley Cyrus Sporting Skimpy Tank Top

Nearly Topless Miley Cyrus Sporting Skimpy Tank Top

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?

Almost Naked Women by YNA

The “Almost Naked Women Look”

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?

Almost Naked Women and Anti Social Nudists

Almost Naked Women and Anti Social Nudists

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.

Guest Nudist Blogger Erik Jacobsen about the Almost Naked Women For Young Naturists And Young Nudists America YNA

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Erik Jakobsen works in New York City, lives in New Jersey and has been an avid nudist for 25 years. He is a frequent contributor to YNA's blogs.
  • SuzyQ2

    > “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?”
    I like those questions, and here is my answer:
    http://www.netnude.com/main/info/states/black031.html

  • nudeinspain

    This is a good example of double standards. For some strange reason it’s widely accepted in Western countries to see what you call “almost naked women” walking the streets of our cities. But then, visit any nude beach and you’ll see how surprisingly many women there are clothed. In my country (Spain) is very common that you see couples where the man is naked and the woman is wearing at least the bottom part of the bikini. And the very moment textiles outnumber nudists, or there’s someone clothed nearby, they cover up… as if there was anything wrong about being naked.
    In a country where you can legally go naked almost anywhere, it still shocks me how nudity is still regarded as something not socially acceptable.

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  • cnuicu

    Women who wear skimpy clothing are comfortable with that level of revealed skin. And such dress does not imply they have an interest in social nudism. Western nudist will always be a minority because our society value clothing. Lee Baxandall desire to create unregulated social  nudism will always remain an unrealized goal. In fact the Free Beach movement main achievements are 1.the closure of many local nudist areas. 2.The increased attendance at AANR facilities.
    I find it strange that a resolute nudist will not dress down to almost naked and lead the other men to do the same. Since there is no dress code.

  • j238

    This article was written by a guy.  All six comments, including mine, were written by guys. 
    Just like most “topfree rights” pages.
    Obviously, this topic hasn’t resonated with women at all.  Efforts to help more women be comfortable with naturism should reflect a woman’s point-of-view and be initiated by other women.

  • ChristopherJudson

    It’s sad that America sexualizes bodies so much.

  • Al Mahany

    As the naturist society teaches us, skimpy clothing draws attention to the parts that are covered.  So the ladies look seductive and alluring.  Naturism takes that away from them.  Men don’t have that.  A man in a thong looks ridiculous, no matter how handsome he is.  Men just look better naked.
    Naturism is not about looking better.  It is about body acceptance, a totally different concept.  Maybe women are more attuned to the former.  The question is how do we change that?

  • j238

    The naked-by-yourself option is unappealing to most women.  Maybe someone can explore alternative ways for women not in romantic relationships to explore nudism.  
    Maybe use the internet to organize a private girls-only day at the beach. 
    Some singles events have been organized on the bring-a-friend-of-the-opposite-sex theme.  Could there be a similar nudist event?  
    Maybe a private nudist event could be organized and include only pre-screened guys.
    Any other suggestions for events/venues that might appeal to women?

  • nudist_resorts

    I enjoyed your story.

    To me, home nudists miss all the
    fun. It’s like sitting at home watching the Super Bowl by yourself. Sure
    you can do it, but it would be way more fun watching it at a Super Bowl
    party with other football fans.
    We’ve had our nudist resort,
    Terra Cotta Inn for almost 19 years, yet we have had only maybe 2 or 3
    women where there first nude experience was with us. I feel that women
    have to feel safe in a romantic relationship before they will try
    nudism.
    The other thing I know is nudist families are probably the
    biggest turn offs for young women. They do not want to go to places
    where there will be naked young kids or teenagers. I hear that all the
    time. Nudism needs to promote that same resorts cater to families,
    others do not. Those that don’t will get way more couples trying nudism
    for the first time.
    Finally, modern fashion has always made clothes where women can show as much skin except for the areolas.
    However, even now the “nip slip” is becoming more socially accepted
    because it’s an “accident” not intentional, so the woman can maintain
    her “modesty.”All we can do in the nudist industry is tell people how much fun they are missing out on by not trying nude recreation. Tom

  • DominicMcGuinness

    A thin piece of material hides nothing so why bother? Try nudism/naturism it will amaze you, the freedom

  • Christopher Judson

    Maybe more women subconsciously like being naked but have just never really thought about nudism. I mean, most kids like to be naked but they don’t have thoughts about nudism either