Society has grossly overlooked the psychological, health, environmental, and societal benefits of a nudist lifestyle
Guest Blog by: African American Naturist
The benefits of a nudist lifestyle:
Nudist lifestyle – While many in America desperately seek solutions for the critical problems resulting from today’s shallow, materialistic, unsustainable, environmentally destructive, socially isolated, emotionally disconnected, mentally stressful, and physically sedentary consumer lifestyles, no mention is made by mainstream society of one important lifestyle aspect of many longstanding sustainable societies and indigenous peoples in less industrialized regions around the world (and historically by indigenous peoples within our own region), namely that of naturism.
While naturists in the developed world have long been aware of the psychological, health, environmental, and societal benefits of spending personal, family, and social time clothes free, we have been largely silent in sharing this information with mainstream society. The benefits of naturism or nudism are not even mentioned on popular environmental and sustainable design websites such as Treehugger, or Inhabitat. Health websites such as WebMD return zero results for naturism. The current discussion of sustainable social engineering and resource based economy as promulgated by The Zeitgeist Movement also makes no mention of naturism. Even social movements which should obviously encompass naturism, such as the promotion of holistic, sustainable, lifestyle practices is largely divorced from, and ignorant of, naturism. Naturism remains a stepchild, isolated, hidden, shunned, and largely ignored by more popular holistic health and wellness, community involvement, and environmental sustainability movements.
We naturists can no longer remain silent if we wish to pass on the benefits of naturism to larger society, maintain them for future generations, or even retain them for ourselves. Naturism is under attack. It is an attack of words, mostly uninformed words and knee jerk rhetorical questions based in fear and fantasy, sometimes inflamed by the misbehavior of a few disrespectful, socially irresponsible individuals. We are under an attack of words, ordinances, laws, policy revisions, external political subversion, internal organizational discord, media ridicule, and marketing distortions. We must win this war of words with our own true stories, our personal experiences, the benefits we have received, the social harmony we have observed, and the respectful personal accountability and social responsibility we have practiced. We must actively engage the movements which have yet to mention us in meaningful discussion of the values and benefits associated with the practice of naturism.
Like an unloved stepchild, we have been seen (often with misunderstanding, fear, and contempt) and not heard. It is time to come out of the closet, grab the microphone, and make our voices heard! We must do this, not only for our own good, but for the healing of our larger society which only becomes possible when truly broader and more inclusive holistic sustainable lifestyle alternatives and public policy options are brought to the table.