Nudism / Naturism is one of the fastest growing forms of recreation in the United States today. Join the growing number of people who enjoy non sexual nude recreation and the nudist lifestyle. You don’t have to be a long time nudist or naturist to participate – all you need is to be comfortable in your own skin.
Body image and body acceptance are an issue that seems to plague many in today’s society. We hope that, with time, people will find out that it is far more important who the person is rather than what they look like. Through nudism and naturism people learn (very quickly in fact) to feel comfortable with how they look and accept their bodies and their looks as they are.
Nudists and Naturists from around the world enjoy being naked while in a social setting. There is nothing wrong or shameful about the naked human form! We hope, that as time goes on, people will learn to be more accepting of others.
We all come in different and unique shapes and sizes. We, at Young Nudists and Young Naturists America, believe that one should not be judged on how they look, what job they do or how much they make… people should be judged on the essence of who they truly are!
The Official Definitions Of Nudism And Naturism:
What is Nudism?
Nudism is the practice of being naked wherever it is allowed and accepted. The people who practice Nudism are referred to as “nudists”. In nudism, the focus is on the nudity and being naked as much as possible. Some nudists also focus on getting others to live a clothes free lifestyle as well.
What is Naturism?
Naturism is the practice of living a clothing optional lifestyle wherever society deems it acceptable. Naturism is practiced by people who are referred to as “naturists”. In naturism, the focus is on acceptance of others where nudity is enforced as way of promoting body acceptance and healthy living.
What is a Nudist?
A nudist is a person who practices nudism. A nudist will seek out locations for being nude just for the sake of being nude. There is no true moral or ethical component to this lifestyle.
What is a Naturist?
A naturist is someone who practices naturism. A naturist will mostly seek out locations that are natural with a focus on public lands and or beaches. A naturist lifestyle has core ethics and values that one needs to adhere to in order for them to truly be called a naturist.
What is the difference between Naturism, Nudism and Nude recreation?
In America, the terms nudism and naturism are used interchangeably but that is a mistake. The main organization for nudism in the USA, The America Association For Nude Recreation AANR, promotes “wholesome nude recreation”. Nude recreation by definition, is more of a hobby or activity where people can and will be naked. Since the focus is really on the social nudity, or just nudity, this is very much in line with what nudism is. Naturism, on the other hand, (which is also the preferred term in European countries) is more of a clothing -optional lifestyle choice, and the ethical roots go far deeper than purely being nude in public.
In either case, the individuals will seek out activities where they can enjoy social nudity while being respectful of others.
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