Are You a Secret Nudist as Well?

| October 19, 2010 | 9 Comments

Secret Nudist…

People Don’t Know I’m A Naturist Underneath These Clothes.. Are You Out Of The Nudist Closet?

Secret Nudist – If you’re a nudist or tried out naturism, does everyone in your life know? All your friends, family, possibly coworkers? Or Friday comes, you leave for the beach, and strip out of your textile-identity costume like Superman in a phone booth. Except you’re totally nude and probably even more yourself in essence than you were before.

So who DO you tell? Or who CAN you tell about your nudist lifestyle? Sometimes it’s difficult to foresee reactions. You might get shock, disgust, embarrassment, giggles. In my case, I’ve actually spent most of my life being secretive about this little subculture of mine. When I was younger my parents instructed me not to go around telling everyone I was a nudist because not everyone would understand it.

However this didn’t keep me from blurting it out to some girls and a leader in my girl scout troupe while on a car ride when I was 8 or 9. While the girls were a bit surprised and confused, thankfully our leader wasn’t and nonchalantly said something like, “Yeah some people do like to go nude in the summer or on the beach.”

Some of my best friends growing up were very modest, and I refrained from telling them until I was 11 or 12. My most modest friend said she went into shock for 3 days. This is it, I thought, everyone is going to be freaked out about this, and I have to be wary of telling anyone. In high school, I realized that cautiousness wasn’t so necessary, as I gained some very liberal and open-minded friends who were surprised, but accepting and curious to know about it. The same happened with college friends.

I was always secretive, though, only telling my closest friends. Granted, grade school and high school are all about fitting in; you’re not allowed to be different and nudist is definitely classified as different. And yet, many people young and old will still choose to hide this part of their lives, not wanting colleagues or “textilists” to know, people who would think it’s weird, wrong, disturbing, etc.

Secret Nudist

Secret Nudist

Many naturists keep their naked life a secret because of the incredibly taboo nature of nudity in this country. Nakedness is associated with those feelings of disgust, embarrassment, shame, lust and immorality. In general, any violation of this taboo is going to be rejected by our society.

An article, “Confronting the public nudity taboo” by Anthony Layng, originally published in USA Today, explains in detail the reasons and rules of this nude taboo, where it stems from in history, and how it compares to other countries and societies. He touches on its roots in American Puritanism, the Victorian era, and Christian fundamentalism. He states, “By associating unclothed bodies with sex and immorality, public nudity is considered obscene”(p. 1).

It should only take a short reflection to think of how often nudity, sex and immorality are tied together in the U.S., and this is prolonging the puritan attitudes towards the naked form. He points out that the particular body parts we choose to cover and when are cultural norms, such as a woman covering her breasts while breastfeeding. Americans’ aversion to public nudity contrasts deeply with many countries in Europe, Africa, and beyond, where nude sunbathing and public breastfeeding are commonplace and normal.

Meanwhile, anyone who has tried it knows that naturism only means we enjoy being outside in nature, being completely ourselves, and enjoying it with other people who accept us as we accept them.

The author of this article also states, “Although many educated Americans consider our public nudity taboo to be anachronistic, there presently is no organized national effort to challenge it, and I do not anticipate any sort of social movement devoted to the demise. However, there has been a long-term trend suggesting that, in the not too distant future, America will grow more accepting of nudity” (p.6).

Well we NATURISTS are the social movement! We don’t have to hold on to these puritan attitudes and taboos that condemn our opting to go nude. So why not speed up our progress by telling more people in our lives about our love of nudism?

It’s still necessary to be careful about telling others (like your boss). But if we want to drive the naturist movement on, people should meet nudists to know they are out there, to ask questions, and to learn naturists are normal, good people. We shouldn’t have to hide it as if it’s wrong and forbidden. It’s only nudity, so go out and tell people you’re a naturist! You might face some negative reactions as you talk about going publicly naked in a country of people brought up to feel repulsed or ashamed by public nudity.

Yet you might be surprised, too; whoever you tell could turn into your newest nude-beach-best-friend by next summer. Or that friend who mysteriously stops calling you..(Eh, who needs’em?) Now let’s make a world where nudists don’t have to hide their love of going naked!

This secret nudist post was published by – Young Naturists and Nudists America YNA


Category: Social Nudity Blogs, Felicity's Nudist Blog, Nudism and Naturism

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Author of Felicity's Blog. Co-founder of Young Naturists America. 3rd-generation nudie. Avid reader. Feminist. 70% vegan, 30% vegetarian. When I'm not busy eating, I'm writing about naturism, censorship, topfree equality, body image and other fun topics. I like feedback, so plz leave a comment when you've got something to say!
  • shawnfree

    “Telling people they’re wrong” might not be the best approach.

  • taher111

    you express you nude sum people shod  not    express hoer self

  • NotanlinesGuy

    @Bill Schroer Exactly Bill.  As I mentioned in my post earlier, I just wrote an article about exactly that.  To many nudists are content to stay in the closet and watch our rights slowly erode.  We need to be proud of our life choice, and proud that we are open enough to accept others as they are and not judge them based on their clothing, or bodies.  That is NOT something to be ashamed of.  Stand up and be proud people.  Show the world that there IS a huge number of nudists out there from all walks of life.

  • NotanlinesGuy

    Great article Felicity!  Funny, I just now found this but had just posted a very similar article on our nude blog at which is titled ‘The life and times of a nudist couple, Guy & Carla Purcella’.  My article is titled ‘Nudists are losing their rights, and how you can help’, and that’s at:
    I REALLY wish we could get more of us to come out of the closet and make our presence known and to educate the public that we are not a bunch of freaks or weirdos, and that naked bodies are not sinful, shameful or ugly. 
    I will add a link to my article, back to your article to show that there are more of us thinking this same thing, and to support your great blog.  I enjoy your articles and hope many more will get on this nudism public support bandwagon and build support for our rights, and to get rid of this body shame issue that is so prevalent.

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  • Anonymous

    Alan- that's so great that you've been more open about being a naturist and gotten positive reactions! And it's great to have one more person who doesn't hide it!

    Bill- That's kind of sad, but it doesn't surprise me too much- people CAN be very quiet about it! It's true we need to be more proactive!

  • Bill Schroer

    Great article. Thank you for your well written and thoughtful blog. As board member and Treasurer for the NAC (Naturist Action Committee) we continue to fight anti-nudity legislation and promote the opportunities for nude use on public lands. One of the biggest obstacles to our success is so many naturists are "in the closet" that legislators and Park officials often say "There is no market. Where are your naturists?" "Where are the people to call and write and advocate for a nude beach"? Until naturists are willing to proactively and proudly declare themselves as naturists we will continue to be thought of as a niche, fringe element of society that does not deserve a place at the table of consideration for public use or legislative protection.

  • Alan

    Great article very well stated.

    I too used to keep my naturist tendencies a secret, no more. I have become quite open about it over the years. All my family members know I raised my kids in naturism. I even took my brother to my nudist club and my sister to a nude beach once. I have been wearing my nudist t-shirts to the community college I am attending and have gotten many positive comments on them, no negative ones. One shirt commemorates a nude running even my club does I have had more comments on that than any other. Several people have mentioned they went to that run years ago or had a famliy member who did. I also have a license plate frame on my truck and it advertises my nudist club. A while back the office mentioned that someone had called asking about the club after saying he had learned about it from a license frame he saw, hmm wonder where he saw that? LOL

    So I say stand up and be counted. Be proud of your nudist identity. The more we show we are normal folks the sooner we will stop being discriminated against.

  • Phil

    Great article and very detailed. So glad things have changed for the better since 1998. Still a lot of ethnocentric "family values" patriots.