Social Nudism and Socializing While Naked
An Introduction to Social Nudism by YNA
Social Nudism – While some people prefer to practice naturism only in their own homes, many people enjoy spending time with other naturists. Social nudism is simply that: being nude in a social setting. For many people, social nudism is not only an enjoyable way to spend free time and make new friends, but also takes on philosophical elements of freedom, openness, and positive body image.
Nude Beaches and nudist resorts are the most common venues for social nudism. Many people who are curious about naturism gain their first exposure to the lifestyle at a clothing-optional / nudist beach, or a more private venue like a club or resort. But there are many other organized venues for social nudity. Many naturists join clubs to take advantage of social events and build friendships with other fellow nudie friendly people who enjoy socializing while nude. Naturists often organize outdoor activities like swimming, camping, hiking, tennis, and volleyball. Many also get involved in public nude events like the World Naked Bike Ride and Body Painting Day.
People participate in social nudist activities for a variety of reasons. Many visit their first nude beach or naked event because they are curious, and they discover that naturist destinations and nudist communities are welcoming. One blogger writes (http://jegography.tumblr.com/) of his first experience skinny-dipping at a nude swimming pool, “It all feels so natural and normal” to swim without clothing. Many people see social nudism as a way of building relationships and a community. Some believe that nudity makes people more honest and open with one another, which makes it easier to establish strong friendships. “It’s hard to be a phony when so much of you is visible to other people and the interaction that other people want is not with your facade but with you,” (constance2u says on Askville).
Indeed, the most commonly stated benefit of social nudism is the lack of judgment and that it helps people to develop self-acceptance. Socializing in the nude is an excellent reminder that human bodies come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and that no body is shameful because all are imperfect.
When everyone is nude, suddenly many of the social barriers disappear. Many psychological studies have shown that when people are unclothed, their behavior changes markedly from when they were dressed. A high-powered executive has no perceived superiority over a janitor. Men become far less aggressive and women less vain. Young and old, skinny or fat, Black or White, everybody is on an equal footing. People let down their guard and can show their inner beauty. It is actually a wonderful state of being that makes the world a little nicer.
Social nudism helps people accept their naked bodies and respect others’ bodies as well. As NudeScribe puts it, “Do I wish I had grown up naturist? Definitely – I think that’s exactly the kind of body-positive orientation that would make for the best upbringing for just about everybody.”But early exposure to social nudism is a concern for many – is it inappropriate to expose children to nude adult bodies? While social nudists understand the fear of sexual predators that lead to this type of concern, they are quick to point out that social nudity and nudism is not about sex. “My order of priority is to quickly set up the difference between sexual and non sexual nudity,” Julius writes on his blog: Nothing To Dread About Nudism. “Many people have trouble accepting the premise that we’re not all swingers.”
While romance sometimes begins at naturist events, most people do not attend them in search of casual sex, and those who do often leave disappointed.
Julius writes that the most difficult thing for him about social nudism is keeping it from co-workers and family members who might judge it negatively. One of the most common reasons for naturists to become social nudists is the feeling of acceptance among like-minded people. In a social nudist community, nobody treats your body as unworthy or shameful, and everyone approves of your naturist lifestyle and philosophy.
Social Nudism (or Naturism) – Getting naked in public and mixing among a crowd of other people doing the same, may, at first, seem unnatural. The fact is, such activity is the very definition of natural. Everyone came into this world unclothed. Societal norms, weather, tradition and other factors all contribute to our beliefs about public nudity and the nudist lifestyle.
There are those who are absolutely unable to accept the idea of disrobing in public. But for the millions of naturists and would-be nudists, social nudism has great appeal.
Social nudism appeals to different groups and individuals. Families that practice social nudism find that it’s perfectly suited for young kids and also beneficial to them. Pretty much natural nudists, young children enjoy running around free of confining clothes. They are quick to interact with others and hardly notice the fact that everyone is without clothes. They are able to see body diversity and tend to be more comfortable with their own bodies. They also learn the difference between simple nudity and sexuality, and they aren’t taught to feel ashamed of certain body parts like their nipples or genitals.
Couples and individuals may join an organization like Young Naturists America and take advantage of the discounts offered at affiliated clubs and resorts. The American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR) is the oldest nudist organization in the United States and is a resource for finding clubs and resorts where nudity is legal. (Some clubs also require an AANR membership to become a full member of the club.) While skinny dipping at a public beach or other forms of nudity might be prohibited by law, private clubs are perfectly legal for social nudism.
Removing social barriers and being able to freely express oneself are a very appealing part of being a nudist. You’ll find a significant lack of judgmental attitudes and far more friendly, accepting people in a nudist environment. Once you get comfortable with social nudism, you will gain a whole new outlook on the world.
Social Nudism and Socializing Naked by – Young Naturists and Young Nudists America – YNA