Nudists, Nudism and The Nudist Lifestyle Defined by YNA
Nudists and Everything You Want To Know About The Nudist Lifestyle and Nudism!
What Defines a Nudist Person?
a Nudist may have many reasons for being naked. Many nudists do agree that by going nude, they bring themselves closer to nature and personal enlightenment. Some believe that nudity develops a stronger and more truthful relationship between people.
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 harmful and judgmental. By removing the means of preconceptions – clothing – people can see each other as human beings and not their social ranks.
Most 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. A nudist, simply speaking, is someone who advocates for and embraces a lifestyle that is completely free of clothing – when applicable.
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 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).
However, nudism, during modern times did not really grow in popularity until around the 1970’s, at least in the United States.
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:
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.
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