Are You A Nudist Or A Naturist? I just like to hang out naked!

| February 2, 2011 | 9 Comments

Do we Need Nudist Naturist Labels? Or Can We Just Hang out Naked?

Can We just Hang out in the Nude?

Hang out Naked: Growing up, I never once called myself a naturist… It was always nudist. I started using this label once we started YNA, and I’d actually really like it if this turned into the mainstream term for what we enjoy.

As YNA, we consider these terms (generally) synonymous, but some have their own idea about what each one means or what kind of connotation they have. I’ve heard some say that naturists are more politically active in naturism / nudism beyond just frequenting nudist places. I’ve also heard that in England they use the term ‘naturist’ to describe someone who takes it more seriously as a lifestyle and goes nude every day, all the time.

Some say the word ‘nudist’ has negative connotations from the past, and now it should be “naturist”! It’s not uncommon for the media to misuse the term, associating it with indecent exposure or inappropriate sexual behavior. It’s also not hard to see that “nudists” are very often made fun of in the media and often used to make jokes! I have noticed this most with the phrase “nudist colony,” which has always been used for jokes and definitely has a connotation of being dorky, awkward, and unpopular.

Some people have proposed that we do away with these labels entirely because we’ve moved beyond them, and the words have lost their legitimacy.

Hang out Naked

Nudist Cartoon – Not That Kind Of Hang Out Naked

Perhaps one day we’ll reach a point where we become the “normal” ones, and everyone else has to call themselves “textilists”! But anyway, that’s after we take over the world. ;)

What do you guys think? Do you like to just hang out naked? Do you label yourself a nudist or naturist or prefer no label at all? Has the word nudist been too beat-up over the past few decades to be legitimately used anymore? Would people react differently when you first mentioned it depending on what term you used?

This Post about nudist naturist labels vs. someone who just likes to hang out naked was published by Young Naturists and Nudists America – YNA

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