Countering Body Shame Through The Nudist Movement
Nudist Movement: More Acceptance, Less Body Shame
Blog written by: Logan Green
Body Shame And Nudism:
Body ShameIn Greco-Roman history, nudism was viewed as the ideal state, the pure state. The human body was viewed as elegant, beautiful, naked and divine. Nowadays, the only time we are allowed to be nude and no one makes a big deal about it is when we are babies, but even this does not last very long.
While reaching early childhood, nudity is viewed as a private matter, and it is shameful to be seen nude in public. I remember being around my parents and hearing them get upset because my niece and nephew (who was between 6-7 years of age) was getting ready for bed in the living room.
My mother automatically commented and told them they can’t change in front of each other and need to get ready for bed in the bathroom, thus enforcing that nudity is shameful and should remain private.
This deeply saddened me. Considering their ages, and knowing my niece and nephew, there was nothing sexual about them changing into their pajamas. They still had an innocent mindset.
Both men and women are told how to dress, what to dress, what the ideal man or women should look like and act. We have become so body conscious that we will often point out each other’s “flaws.”
I remember growing up as a child and hating how I looked, especially as I struggled with my sense of self and body image. I strongly believe it is because we are grown into a society where it is not acceptable to be oneself. We are told to fulfill modern society’s ideals or otherwise we’ll get made fun of.
The nudist movement is not about sexual behavior. For YNA, it is about body acceptance, which will lead to an improved self-esteem and sense of self-worth. We are not about wearing no clothes all the time, as clothes are needed, but the difference is that clothes are not always needed.
There are several activities that can be enjoyed without the constraints of clothes such as– swimming naked, nude hiking, nude jogging, gardening, and playing games, etc. Another benefit is going back to the age of innocence and enjoying being the best version of you whether clothed or naked.
I am witness to this nudist movement. I hated how I looked, and it was my meeting a certain person that lead me to become a nudist.
Today, I can honestly say, my self-esteem and my self-worth have greatly improved. I stand here today as a changed man, and I believe everyone is beautiful.
I believe there are no true body flaws. We are who we are for a reason, there is a story behind everything and we are worth knowing. We are all beautiful just as we are. I hope this nudist movement spreads, and we grow to love and accept each other as we are.
Why should we be any different whether we are nude or with clothes? Today’s society would be easier to live with if we could learn to accept ourselves and others, which is part of YNA’s “people positive” philosophy.