Nude Name – A nudist by any other name is just as cool?
Issues with Nudists Using Nude Names
Nude Names – There is a hot topic that often surfaces for discussion in the naturist world: nudists’ use of pseudonyms. Though we have come a long way from forbidding the use of last names at nudist resorts, many people still choose to use pseudonyms for their online nudist identity today. There are many different reasons cited for doing so, from hiding it from non-nudist friends and family to employment concerns to just plain privacy. It is a personal choice, and most agree that everyone is free to make their own choice in this matter.
However, many say this practice hurts the nudist movement because it sends a message to the public that it’s bad and shameful. They say we need to be open with everyone about being a nudist so it will gain acceptance and understanding among the public.
For those of you who may not know, Felicity Jones is not my real name. It’s a name I use online for my blog and all YNA platforms and social networks. Jordan does the same, and it has often been a point of criticism for us as leaders of a naturist organization. We each have our own reasons for this, but I do have a few points to make about this topic.
1. I believe I have just as much a right to use a pseudonym as authors, journalists, singers, actors and so on. The nudist world seems to be one of the only “places” where the use of pen names is a big issue.
2. There is a big difference between using an alternate name and being anonymous. Anonymous refers to those who use a fake name or no name at all, have no photo and zero information available about themselves. As a leader and a blogger, it is essential for me to be out there in other ways to connect with my community and readers. I am not just a name, but an online personality and a real, visible person.
3. At the same time, I also have a right to privacy as an individual. A pseudonym allows me to keep my public and private life separate.
4. The fact of the matter is that while I am using a pseudonym, I’m not “hiding.” If you don’t know this already, I am not in any way “ashamed of being a nudist” or trying to hide it from anyone. All my friends and family know that I’m a nudist. I also don’t hesitate to tell anyone I meet about YNA or nudism nor do I hesitate to tell them my real name in person.
As a leader of YNA for the last (almost) two years, using a pseudonym has never caused any issues for me or Jordan, other than some minor confusion at times. The only time there has been an issue is when others disrespect me and my privacy and try to hurt me by publicly sharing my name / personal information.
I know there are people in the YNA community who use a separate nude name, and a great number of people who do this in the naturist community at large. I do encourage others to be open and tell their friends, family, coworkers about nudism (see Closets Are For Clothes), but it is totally up to the individual, and we respect their choice, always.
What do you guys think? Is it okay for nudists / naturists to use pseudonyms? Do nudists using a pseudonym hurt the public perception of nudism?
Out of curiosity, I’d like to know how many nudists or naturists use or have used a pseudonym online in social networks, blogs, etc. So please take a moment to answer my poll!