Nudism, Nudists and Everything You Want To Know About The Nudist Lifestyle and Nudism!
Introduction to Nudism and what does being a nudist mean?
A Nudist may have many reasons for being naked. Some common reasons are self-acceptance, getting closer to nature, physical comfort, and more authentic human connection and relationships.
Nudists feel that a deeper or truer understanding of people can be attained by first stripping away outer signs of class, wealth, and style. A nudist person will argue that mentalities like “clothes make the man” are superficial and judgmental. By removing the means of preconceptions – clothing – people can see each other as human beings and not as their socio-economic status.
A lot of people prefer to live the majority of their lives fairly fully clothed. Some might even spend a good deal of their time focusing on shopping and putting together stylish outfits for this purpose. But there are also a good number of people who prefer to live just the opposite and embrace nudism.
That is, nudism is a lifestyle that is shared by many communities across the world. For some, it offers an alternative or “more natural” way of living. As a side note, “naturism” is actually the term preferred by many nudists today. While nudism and naturism both refer to the practice of going nude in a non-sexual setting, naturism tends to have a philosophy and values behind it. It isn’t just about nudity but about acceptance, equality and respecting others and the environment.
The history of nudism extends back for centuries. Arguably, many of the ancient peoples were significantly more welcoming of “public” nudity than most “modern” cultures are today. For example, public nude bathing was once the norm. Even the ancient men-only Olympic Games were once void of uniforms and clothing of any type (with the exception of olive leaf crowns).
Nudism as a modern movement came to the United States in the early 1900’s. The first (landed) nudist clubs were established in New Jersey around 1932. However, nudism didn’t really take off until the latter half of the 20th century as it became more accepted by society and no longer faced such heavy persecution from the authorities.
People tend to join nudist clubs and embrace a nudist lifestyle for different reasons. For some, nudism is meant to be a way of returning back to nature. It is a way of stripping away unnecessary items (in this case clothing) that are hindering themselves from being one with their natural environment.
This is one of the most common reasons that people become nudists today. As an expansion of this concept, many people find that they are more at peace with themselves and others when they are completely naked. This perceived inner and social peace is a strong draw for people from the mainstream who are seeking a less judgmental way of life.
Unfortunately, nudism is often associated with some forms of eroticism or sexuality. Because of the constant state of nakedness that all members of a nudist club are in there are those who perceive it as sexual.
However, many nudists argue that the connection between nudism and eroticism is a significant misrepresentation of their personal values. In fact, there are significant numbers of modern nudist organizations and nudist clubs who contest that there need not be any connection between a lifestyle of nudism and any such sexual events.
The majority of people in mainstream America do not embrace nudism as a “normal” way of life. This is why nudists often find that their lifestyle is, at times, looked down upon by others. This negative social stigma may be dealt with by nudists in a number of ways.
Some may choose to carry out their social life entirely within their circle of like-minded friends. While other nudists might choose to befriend, date and subsequently marry, non-nudists.
The degree to which nudists allow their personal lifestyle choice to affect the rest of their lives varies. For example, a high percentage of nudists actually only practice nudism within their own homes or around their closest family members.
This is typically referred to as “home nudism.” On the other hand, some nudists prefer to enjoy social nudist activities such as naked parties, visiting nudist resort or a nude beach.
Nudist beaches are currently among the most frequented locations designated specifically for public and social nudism.
(The image above is a representation of how nudists are perceived in today’s society. It also has the flip side… how nudists see themselves. We hope you like it :)
What Activities Do Nudists Enjoy?
If you are considering the nudist and naturist lifestyle or are curious about the idea, you might be wondering what you can do when you are nude! Because so many people only get naked for intimate activities, they need to stop and consider what they can do when they experience nudity in a completely new context.
The truth of the matter is that there are many activities that nudists can enjoy. Some of which are even enhanced by the state of being nude!
Nudism, The Nudist Lifestyle and Activities for Nudists:
Swimming Naked – Skinny Dipping
When people think about swimming in relation to nudity, it becomes obvious that this is one situation that is greatly improved by being naked.
Nude swimming, which is also known as skinny-dipping, can be a wonderfully freeing experience. It allows the swimmer to feel the water over every part of their body.
It also removes the drag and the discomfort of wearing a swimsuit. Since there is no need to readjust the swim clothes, nude swimming also makes getting out of the water easier and less irritating.
Yoga is an activity that puts you in tune with your body. So why worry about clothes getting in the way? Depending on the type of yoga you choose, you will find that being naked can enhance the Yoga experience.
For example, while nude, a very gentle yoga exercise can leave you feeling wonderfully relaxed, while hot yoga allows you to move freely without sweat soaking into your clothing.
Yoga is all about free movement. When you practice naked yoga, you will find that you can really connect with the way that your body moves without the hampering presence of clothing.
Hiking Naked – “Free hiking”
Hiking may not be something that you associate with nudity, but rest assured, many nude hikers exist! When hiking nude, most nudist hikers do wear boots, though some brave people venture on the trails barefoot.
It all depends on the area and what risks might be encountered. Hiking while nude allows you to feel the breeze and the sun on your body.
Your body will regulate its own temperature and many people find that hiking naked is far superior to hiking while clothed.
Many nudists enjoy biking in the nude. Some certainly wear garments that will increase their comfort on the bike seat while others do without. There are many nudist friendly areas that allow for biking naked along specific paths or roads.
Biking is a great way to feel what your body is capable of. Biking nude diminishes the drag from the wind and your sweat will not cling to your body as it would while clothed. Remember that helmet laws exist for a reason and that they should always be followed!
Canoeing Nude – Or “Canuding”
If you feel like getting in the water, consider canuding!!!
Canuding allows you to get a great workout and if you get too hot, you can always cool off with a nude swim! No need to worry about sitting in a cold damp bathing suit!
Communing with Nature – Nudists Camping
What could be more natural than being complete nude outdoors in nature? You can sunbathe naked, skinny dip or just enjoy the relaxing feeling of being outside. There is simply no better way to experience nature unless you are taking it all in while naked.
Ever wonder what defines a person as being a nudist?
For Starters, Lets Discuss what a Nudist actually is:
A nudist is an individual who prefers to be in a state of undress. This may be within the privacy of their home, but more often it involves social nudity or nude recreation.
The person who considers him or herself a nudist essentially does all of the things that a non-nudist does, they simply happen to do them without clothing when possible.
Is a nudist naked 24/7?
Many nudists wear clothing. They might wear business clothes at work or go to a parent teacher conference fully clothed. In fact, many people would probably be surprised by how many of their colleagues and peers prefer a naturist lifestyle. Those who are nudists tend not to advertise their preference.
A business executive may wear a suit to work, but prefer to vacation at a resort where clothing is optional. People who chose nudism as a way of life are not ashamed of their choice. Rather, many of them make the conscious decision to keep certain portions of their lifestyle private as a personal preference.
Who can be a Nudist?
Nudism is primarily about acceptance. Those who choose this lifestyle recognize that nakedness is the natural human state. There are no size or appearance requirements. People of all shapes and sizes may find freedom and enjoyment through going without clothing. Nudism is an act of self love; a declaration that the person wholly loves and accepts their entire being.
It’s also a great way to get beyond the superficiality that is often governed by clothing. Since nudists operate under the philosophy of total body acceptance for themselves, this acceptance stretches to all the people around them. As a result, nude recreation contributes to a relaxing atmosphere that is free of judgment.
In fact, many people who try nudism for the first time are amazed at how liberated and comfortable they feel without clothing.
They are able to enjoy the feeling of the sun and the wind over their entire body, and they appreciate being able to focus on the world around them rather than being concerned with their appearance.
Although many people choose to try nudism on their own or as part of a couple, those new to the lifestyle should be aware that the clothing free lifestyle is a family-friendly choice.
Is a nudist someone who is interested in orgies and sex?
Most people who are unfamiliar with naturism are shocked to learn that it can be a family-friendly pursuit. However, it’s important to understand that nudism is not sexual. Being a nudist does not mean participating in orgies or sexual activities.
Most who commonly practice the lifestyle come to accept the body as merely an instrument. They derive no inappropriate pleasure or thrill from viewing other nudists.
They simply welcome their peers as fellow devotees of a lifestyle that embraces the freedom of nudity as a personal choice.
Being a nudist is not for everyone, but millions of people around the world enjoy living without clothing for at least some portion of their lives.
Those who try it usually find freedom and acceptance that they had not previously thought was possible.
Now On A Different Note, Can Anyone Call Him / Herself A Nudist?
The Term “Nudist” Defined:
In a nut shell, the basic definition of the term “Nudist” is a person who goes nude at home, outdoors or various other (nonsexual) settings, either alone or among other people.
It might be for health reasons, for fun, for comfort or any variety of reasons. It also means – a person that practices Nudism / Naturism.
The term or label “Nudist” Explained:
With that said, the simple definition of the term is one that has recently caused some issues. There are people who believe that there is a far deeper meaning and that a person who practices nude recreation and social nudism is not automatically a nudist and does not have the “right” to use that label.
So this begs the question, what is a nudist by today’s definition? In addition to – what does one need to do (or not do) to qualify to use this label?
Thanks to social networks and the online world, many people think that they are all-knowing and that without their stamp of approval, people do not qualify.
What Jordan (Co-Founder of Young Naturists and Nudists America) Thinks About The Term “Nudist”:
As far as I am personally concerned, a rose by any other name….. in its most basic form, Nudism is the practice of non sexual social nude activities and non-sexual nude recreation as a whole.
I think that all the nudists out there in the world today can agree on one thing – sex is not part of the equation. So as far as I am concerned, a person that enjoys and takes part in social nude activities without a sexual purpose can indeed call themselves nudists.
Issues With Using The Term “Nudist”:
The problem is that there is somewhat of a negative connotation associated with the term “nudist.” In the USA people automatically think of old, overweight people when someone brings up that term.
On the flip side, people in the mainstream think of hippies and free love / sex. So perhaps it is time to coin a new term… one that is free on any connotation whatsoever.
We thought that terms like Nudie or New-Age-Nudists might work to enable us to start off fresh. But we, at YNA, are currently giving this some thought and welcome opinions from anyone and everyone.
So feel free to share your thoughts and comment below. We love to hear your thoughts on the topic!
Nude freedom is an exhilarating feeling so next time you want to go camping, why not try doing it in the nude? There are many naturist and nude family campgrounds all over the world. So give it a try – you just might like it!
Social nudity, clothes-free, naturism, nudism and public nudity are all known terms. They refer to people that encourage, defend and practice public nudity.
In Britain, the term nudism refers to being naked, whereas naturism refers to a philosophy of being natural.
Although in many countries, including the United States, the terms are interchangeable. The philosophy of most nudists includes relating to nature, health and fitness. So being at one with your natural surrounding ranks high on most nudists’ activities of choice!
Have you found yourself wondering what nudists do for fun? Just remember that the answer tends to be – “what everyone else does!”
Nudism Throughout History
A society’s attitude toward public nudity can reveal a great deal about its culture, attitudes and sometimes its religious beliefs. Nudity is sometimes extended to all areas of life, while in other contexts it is confined to certain settings or activities. For instance, some societies condone nudity during athletic activities, while encouraging the wearing of clothing at other times. Standards vary widely from one culture to another.
The practice of habitually wearing clothes is a fairly recent invention in human history. In primeval times our distant ancestors, evolving in Africa and migrating into a world of tropical and temperate climates, were certainly naked most or all of the time. However, as humans expanded into colder areas, they quickly had to adapt artificial covering, and as soon as they did that, they also started adopting customs to govern what clothing should be worn, and when it should be worn.
In different societies clothing or the lack of it has been seen as being sexual in nature, as connoting social status or the lack of it, as indicating a certain religious or philosophical affiliation, or as indicating a certain economic station. Ancient texts from many cultures refer to the poor and downtrodden as naked, and in a society with that attitude, a person who could afford clothes would certainly wear them to show that they were not poor and downtrodden. It is easy to see how clothing quickly became more than a utilitarian body covering, and began to assume other social meanings.
In some ancient societies, the display of the naked body was linked to a certain religious philosophy. For instance, the Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten, who ruled from about 1353 to 1336 B.C., worshiped the sun disc and believed that the body should be proudly displayed in its light. Depictions of Akehnaten and his queen, Nefertiti, show them wearing very little clothing at all, basking in the holy light of the sun.
While Akhenaten may have been the first of the pharaohs to attach a religious connotation to the practice of public nudity, he certainly did not invent the concept in Egyptian culture. Egyptian depictions from much earlier periods also show people wearing no clothes, or clothing that was form-fitting and even transparent. The ancient Egyptians were quite open about sexuality, and attached a strong erotic connotation to their near-nakedness. Artwork from ancient Egypt sometimes depicts sexual acts in very explicit and even comical ways.
Some other ancient groups attached less of an erotic meaning to nakedness. In India, for instance, certain religious sects required nudity as a sign of the renunciation of worldly possessions. Our knowledge of this comes from Greek historians of the time of Alexander the Great, who reported that there were several of these sects, the largest of which was called the Ajivikas.
The Greeks called these groups gymnosophists, from their word gymnos, meaning naked. The point to be stressed here is that this was a completely different meaning for nudity than in the Egyptian culture. While the Egyptians were openly erotic and obviously took great pleasure in displaying their bodies, the Indian ascetics used nudity as a sign of giving up worldly pleasure and adopting a pure and holy attitude.
However, nudity in ancient India was not strictly an ascetic thing, for the Hindu religion also recognized the holiness of sexuality. A Hindu sect called the Sakas, who were flourishing about a thousand years ago, decorated their temples with explicitly erotic artwork. Sexuality was seen as a holy thing, the procreative force of the divine. Such erotic sculpture can still be seen today at Indian sites such as Khajurako, Konarak and Ellora.
The Greeks had a tradition of nudity that involved both a frank admiration for the beauty of the human body and a deep-seated religious philosophy. The Greeks believed that their gods had created humans to look like themselves, so there was no shame in displaying our own godlike forms. Greek deities are generally depicted as perfect physical specimens wearing few if any clothes, and their mortal worshipers adopted a similar style.
Greek garments were simple pieces of cloth draped or wrapped around the body, quickly removed at a moment’s notice. If a person in ancient Greece were working or playing hard, they would think nothing of removing the garment. The Greeks were saying, “Our gods are beautiful, and since we look like the gods, we are beautiful, too.”
In particular, it was expected that athletes would be nude when they engaged in sports. Our word gymnasium comes from the Greek gymnos meaning naked, since the people who exercised there always were.
The Romans adopted much of the culture of their Greek predecessors, but in Roman society nudity was strictly confined to certain settings and activities. Romans were expected to wear clothes in most public places, but nudity was condoned and even expected in athletic activities, in the public baths and at public latrines.
The acceptance of nudity in athletics, and particularly in gladiatorial competitions, was probably a practice inherited from the Etruscans, another cultural predecessor of the Romans. Etruscan sculpture even depicts gladiators fighting completely naked.
Another ancient society that relegates nudity to certain places and times is that of Japan. While Japanese culture allows the frank discussion of erotic subjects, and even the teaching of sexual techniques to prospective newlyweds, nakedness is generally frowned upon. The nude human body is not considered a fitting subject for art, and even paintings of lovers in bed show them fully clothed. However, Japanese culture also makes allowance for group bathing, often by large family groups. Until the 20th century, such communal bathing was a regular part of daily life for many Japanese, and even today it is still practiced in some out-of-the-way places.
Similar group bathing practices can be found in the cultures of ancient Turkey and some northern European cultures such as those of Scandinavia. All of these cultures strongly discouraged nudity in other public settings.
Certainly one of the most repressive cultures regarding the public display of the human body was that of ancient China. Here the covering of the body was considered a prerequisite of humanity. Other ethnic groups who did not cover their bodies were considered subhuman, and a strong sense of physical modesty was taken as evidence of the superiority of Chinese culture. Women were not even allowed to uncover their bodies for their doctors, and had to point out their aches and pains on dolls specially made for the purpose.
Paganism, both in its ancient and modern forms, makes use of ritual nakedness which is usually confined to certain places and occasions. Those who adhered to Wicca or some other ancient religions would sometimes dance naked, or “sky-clad” during seasonal rituals. Among those who hold such beliefs today, the practice is sometimes still carried on. In these contexts, nakedness is seen as a state of naturalness which makes the worshiper more receptive to divine power. As in other societies, nudity is closely linked to both religious belief and sexual abandon, which are not seen as being opposed to each other.
A Comprehensive Nudism Guide And Nudist Questions
The First Questions in Our Nudism Guide:
What is Nudism?
“Nudism” is basically a philosophy or a way of life. In actuality, nudism is the belief or practice of going without clothes in appropriate private and / or public places.
What Are Nudists?
The people who chose to practice nudism as a way of life are called “nudists“. Nudists are regular people who prefer to live their lives free of clothing while in appropriate places.
Since people are naked – is nudism really about sex?
When practiced in its basic and pure form, nudism is NOT sexual. Nudism is the embrace of being naked, with or without other people, while in a NON SEXUAL state.
Is Nudism a socially accepted lifestyle?
Nudism often reflects a family and / or personal lifestyle choice. What is interesting about nudism is the fact that it is readily accepted across many cultures, specifically those of European descent, to include Germany, France, and Poland. Over the last century, social nudity in the United States has become increasingly more acceptable.
For example, the American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR), was established in 1931. It was first called as the American Sunbathing Association (ASA). Back when it was established, the ASA only had a handful of established nudist resorts.
Today AANR’s network includes over 100 resorts and 150 clubs for nudists to enjoy.
Why do people enjoy Nudism and being naked with others and / or in public?
Many people enjoy being naked, but why do nudists look for the social aspect? First there is the obvious fact that humans are social creatures. They have a desire to connect with like-minded people. In this case, people who enjoy doing naked activities in a nonsexual way.
But there are particular benefits to experiencing social nudity in a social or public setting. Some people find a greater connection with others when everyone is naked. In a nudist environment, there is far less judgment and superficial barriers to human connection.
Clothing and accessories are a big indicator of socioeconomic status, and without them, people tend to be far more concerned with others’ character and personality rather than their wealth and status. Many people feel like they can truly be themselves and be seen for who they are in a social naked environment.
There is also the aspect of body acceptance and the feeling of being accepted just as you are. Nudists recognize that all bodies are different and unique, and the human body should be celebrated in all its forms.
People aren’t there to judge you for having flaws that society deems ugly and unacceptable. For those who have been body-shamed their whole life for whatever reason, this part of nudism is a revelation and sufficient reason to become a lifelong nudist and perhaps even a spokesperson for the practice.
These are just a few of the most common reasons for participating in social nudity. But it’s an individual choice, and you may hear a variety of reasons when asking different people why they enjoy it.
Does Nudism have a moral or ethical value system? What does it mean to be a practicing nudist?
Others practice this clothes-free lifestyle based off of personal, family, or social factors. What attracts most individuals to nudism these days, is the feeling of freedom and sense of ease that comes with the shedding of clothes.
Additionally, with a growing number of people practicing nude recreation today, there is an abundance of amenities directed towards emerging and practicing nudists, to include nude beaches, nudist resorts, “clothes free” holiday centers, and cycling events.
In fact, currently, there is a World Naked Gardening Day, held in May of each year, as well as a World Naked Bike Ride and Nude Years Eve parties.
Nudity is somewhat controversial in the USA – How is nudism perceived in today’s society?
In general, people tend to be intrigued by it. That said the USA today is still somewhat conservative and because of this, we have people who are close-minded. When embracing the clothes-free lifestyle, an individual or group is likely to experience both positive and negative reactions from different communities.
Practicing nude living in the privacy of one’s home, private land, pool, pond, or club will generate the least amount of criticism and speculation from outsiders. Engaging in nudism in more public arenas, such as nudist beaches and parks, might generate more criticism from those who are judgmental and close-minded.
Obviously, one should consider these factors in deciding when, where, and how to embrace his or her nudist lifestyle.
Where can people practice Nudism?
Ideally, people would be allowed to live in a world free of prejudice, judgment, social expectations, and restrictions. If this were the case, people could practice naturism in both the comfort of their homes and their local communities.
Since this is not the case, people wanting to embrace naturism should take advantage of their own personal property, or designated nudiefriendly destinations, to enjoy nudism and naturism.
These destinations can include sanctioned nude beaches, nudist clubs, clothing-optional events and others. European countries are far more open to the practice of social nudity. There it is readily becoming the “norm” rather than the extreme.
Which Societies Practice Nudism?
Many different cultures and regions of the world have, and do, practice nudism. In the early 20th century, nudists in Germany were embracing the lifestyle as a return to nature and equality. This idea spread from Germany to England, Canada, and the United States. The focus on the health and fitness aspects of naturism led to the creation of a network of clubs that promoted family and recreational sports.
In contrast, the French nudist movement developed in response to the need for holiday recreation in that part of the world. French nudist resorts and beaches where created as a place for individuals and families to relax in a nude environment. This part of the movement also spread, first to Quebec and the United States.
In response to the French, holiday-centered nudism, a whole subset of nudist tourism was created. Many nude beaches and resorts exist all over the world. The unique aspect of these resorts is that there typically is not a local base for nudist activities in these areas.
Rather, almost all nudists visiting these areas are only there during their vacations or holidays. The area of the world where this form of nudist tourism is largely present is the Caribbean. With the sunny climate and beautiful beaches, this is an excellent location to enjoy naturism.
Additionally, these resorts and beaches provide an opportunity for people to enjoy naturism without belonging to a club or committing to one particular place.
How do people begin practicing Nudism?
Although many people practice nudism only while on vacation, nudists and naturists consider this to be a way of life. While nudists hold jobs where they must wear clothes, or shop in locations where clothing is required, they still identify with being a nudist.
This is tied to the German roots of the nudist movement. Anyone can be nude. However, those who embrace the tenets of the traditional naturist movement will view it as a lifestyle focused on enjoying nature, respecting your body, respecting others, and, sometimes, exercising and eating healthy.
While those interested in trying out the nudist lifestyle during vacations can visit resorts, those wanting a solid social group of other nudists may join clubs. Clubs provide activities and are either landed or non-landed. The non-landed nudist clubs and groups travel to different locations when they get together.
Landed clubs have their own private grounds, pools, and / or beaches for members to enjoy. Nudist villages, such as Cap d’Agde in France, also provide opportunities to live with others in a space where being naked is the norm. Here, all daily activities can take place in the absence of clothing.
Can People Practice Nudism Alone or Do They Need a Group?
One can practice being a nudist alone or with your family. This can even be done while doing everyday activities around your home.
Social nudism can also take place by inviting others to private residences or nudie friendly locations. Whether you are practicing alone, at a private residence, with a club, or at a nudist resort, there are a number of common activities that nudists enjoy.
Most of these nude activities take place outside, where you can enjoy the warm sun and breeze across your skin. Some examples include camping, biking, hiking, swimming, soaking in hot springs, playing group sports, and canoeing.
Whether you want to experience a nude beach, or you want to join a nudist club, there are many opportunities to explore and practice naturism throughout the world. The variety of people that practice, as well as the number of activities involved, ensure there is something for everyone!
What are some of the reasons why people practice nudism?
- They simply feel more relaxed and comfortable.
- They feel more connected to nature when outdoors.
- They enjoy the sense of freedom and liberation.
- They feel less inhibited in this state, as the class barriers fall away. A doctor, a sanitation worker, and a salesperson all look the same without the clothes of their trades and professions. People are all seen as human beings, instead of being defined by their profession or status.
- Some nudists say that being without clothes releases the “real” them, and that clothes will suppress this.
Is the YNA website only about Nudism?
Nudism and naturism play a central role in the YNA ideology, and we use these terms interchangeably to refer to nonsexual social nudity. However, we are truly focused on naturism. Traditional naturism isn’t just about being naked.
It encompasses a whole philosophy of social responsibility, and YNA has a set of ethics and values that we promote and advocate for through naturism / social nudity.
While we publish plenty of educational material about social nudity and its benefits, we also write about acceptance / tolerance, body shame, body acceptance, censorship, pornography, gay rights, bullying, gender issues, feminism, sexuality, topfree equality, and other social issues and causes.
What is the goal of YNA as far as Nudism is concerned?
YNA publish reviews and information about nudist / nude / clothing optional locations, nudist etiquette, nudity laws, how to practice naturism and more. We aim to eradicate the stigma around social nudity as well as the many misconceptions about nudity in general.
Consider our Nudist Blog as a wealth of information on your journey to understanding naturism.
Introduction to Nudism and Naturism – Any Questions?
The Origins Of Modern Day Nudism and Naturism
Nudism and Naturism – In the United States, Naturism is also known as nudism. It is a cultural movement that is centered around practicing social nudity in both public and private spaces.
Most nudists participate in these social activities as part of an overall natural lifestyle that promotes healthy social relationships, body image sensitivity awareness and a sense of comfort in one’s own skin.
The Term Naturism
Let’s take a look at the origins of naturism, the world of modern naturism and the changing views of social nudity within the general public. The term naturism was first coined in 1798 by the physician Jean Baptiste Luc Planchon, who recommended the practice of nudity as a means to improve general health by leading a life that was in tune with nature.
The modern nudist movement finds its roots in Germany during the late 20th century, when writers like Heinrich Pudor and Richard Ungewitter popularized the concept of social nudity with the public. These early nudists believed that practicing social nudity during sporting events and other recreational activities increased mental and physical fitness, as well as social skills and moral outlook.
Modern Nudism Values
While modern nudists have a wide range of reasons for enjoying public nudity, nearly all naturists are heavily influenced by the values of early naturists. Across Western Europe, Canada and the United States, there are numerous nudist organizations that allow like-minded families and individuals to get together and socialize nude in private spaces. There are also now public beaches in many areas of the world that allow nudists to enjoy beach activities without clothing, as well as retreats that are open to the public for nudists who are not interested in joining a formal organization.
The basic ideal that governs all these different nudist clubs, organizations and groups is that nudity and sexuality are two separate issues. While in a nudist setting, it is important to make a clear distinction. The reason is that nudism is in its purest form is no different than “clothism”. True nudists believe that they should be able to enjoy whatever clothed people do (with their friends, family and children) the only difference is that they would prefer doing in naked.
Nudists believe that the naked human body is not, in and of itself, lewd, shameful or pornographic. It is just simply a person who happens not to be wearing clothes. Nothing more, nothing less. Based on this outlook, they are okay with their kids seeing other naked people but they most surly not want their kids exposed to sexuality.
Social Nudism Is Our Right?
Although social nudism transcends the common taboo against public nudity, recent studies have shown that the general public is increasingly comfortable with non sexualized naturism. The general consensus is that people recognize social nudity as a civil right if it is done in a specifically sanctions location.
A Gallup Poll performed in 2000 revealed that nearly half of the population believes that secluded public land should be set aside for nudists to legally enjoy themselves in parks and beaches. The same poll revealed that 80% of the population is comfortable with nude sunbathing in allotted areas.
So why not give it a try? The worst that could happen might be losing those coveted tan lines ;)
But why even become a nudist?
What Is the nudist lifestyle like?
Why Be A Nudist – Life without clothing is just simpler. Nudists do not have to suffer with an outlandish laundry bill. They don’t have to worry about their expensive clothes fading tearing, or becoming stained. If someone is a nudist, they don’t have to waste all that time deciding what to wear.
While a full nudist life would be ideal in terms of cutting out a hassle of life, most people have to be pleased with visiting nudist resorts to get their fill of these benefits. Several other benefits are exclusive to these types of vacations.
For example, aside from the time spent off the resort when coming and going, no clothes are needed which drastically cuts down the amount of luggage that is needed. Also, considering many people will spend much of their vacation time lounging by the pool naked or on the nude beach, nudist resorts ensure that no one will leave with those dreaded tan lines.
The previously mentioned benefits may not appeal to everyone. Some people truly enjoy creating outfits and dazzling themselves in garments for a night on the town. However, nudism has scientifically proven health benefits.
Do nudists have a stigma in today’s society?
Nudism (and as a result nudists ) has a stigma of being a bit naughty and taboo, but in reality, it is the most natural lifestyle that is still available to man. If people could look past the stereotypes and judgments, they could see that nudism carries numerous benefits with it.
Benefits of Being a Nudist
One of the most talked about physical benefits of nudism and naturism is the extreme effect it has on those suffering from psoriasis. This skin disease is often treated with a fluorescent light that attempts to simulate the sun. Fully exposing the body to the sun helps treat the psoriasis much more quickly and with much more fun!
Many people who do not declare themselves to be nudists do sleep in the nude. Despite the fact that it is more comfortable due to the lack of restrictive clothing, it also allows the heat in and around the body to be distributed more evenly. This creates a much more calming atmosphere that may go unnoticed. Imagine having that peaceful feeling all day, instead of just the hours spent sleeping.
There are also a slew of other benefits of nudism. For example, most nudists will not associate nudity with sexuality which offers them the opportunity to see the human form as something that is not shameful. This gives a nudist more healthy body image outlook and a more accepting attitude towards people in general.
In closing, nudism is natural, freeing, and comfortable. Once people get past their misconceptions, they can realize that it has benefits that cannot be received any other way.
This post about nudism and naturism was published by Young Naturists And Nudists America