Category Archives: Body Image

Expectations

Do others have the right to expect us to be attractive to them? We have become a society so accustomed to being fed visually attractive experience that some seem to believe they have that right. We routinely judge the value of an individual based on their looks while paying little attention to their character, actions, spirit or intention. We even extend the same judgments to ourselves and devalue our contribution based only on our own perception of our looks.

OneBodySome people are lucky enough (with some effort) to be found visually attractive to a majority of the population. However, we must remember that we are diverse beings and so are our preferences. Someone might be attractive to one and found to be unattractive to others; and vice versa.

We can and should respect one another without expecting them to meet our criteria for being attractive. We can appreciate each other’s diversity and unique [yet amazing] human form while resisting the need to judge them against our expectations of perfect.

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As Naturists, our experience has taught us that this is a truth. We accept each body as perfect for the person with whom it was blessed. Each person’s scars are a reflection of their experience and character to overcome. Sure, each of us personally might find some specifically attractive; that is how we form relationships. It is important that we do not develop an expectation of anyone that they must meet our criteria for attractive to be considered valuable. Judge others not by their looks but by their actions and character. Look into their eyes to discover their spirit instead of judging body parts.

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Remember, we are born naked, that is the natural state of humanity. We are free and more sensitive to our surroundings when naked. We are more honest and vulnerable to discovery when not wearing clothes. Nudity is not pornographic and not at all wrong despite the assertions of some that misunderstand or are driven by fear. Being nude is not a signal of availability or of diminished modesty. Any judgment to the contrary is the fault of the person judging rather than the human being nude.

 –< R JGenie-smallNatural >–

 

Misunderstandings

Naturists believe in the innocence and decency of the human body. To us, the application of sexual context to simple nudity is evidence of diminished moral health.

Some view our innocent nudity through the prism of prurience and perceive pornography and deviance. These are not realities just perceptions derived from their point of view. However, [they] make laws forcing us to cover our natural state to “protect” them and their children from considering our reality.

Often these people assert religious principals when making these judgments of us, which forces us to wonder why their perception is so sex-charged when they experience the [work of art] manifest in our natural state. This serves to further alienate us from their position as it seems unreasonable. In any case it would seem that their judgments of our beliefs and practices are based on missing or distorted facts.

We [Naturists] have a responsibility to be open about our beliefs, else we fall prey to the persecutions caused by the misunderstandings held by others. Let the integrity of our beliefs speak for us. Hiding only contributes to the perception that we are hiding something nefarious. When we are open about our beliefs, we are in a better position to explain our reasons and even to offer others opportunities to understand experientially. We will not be able to invite a friend to experience Naturism if we are hiding the truth from them.  People need to be informed that Naturism is wholesome safe and natural for all.

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It is true that more people (especially younger people) are finding nudity acceptable. However, it may be for the wrong reasons. With the constant media bombardment of sex; from sex acts performed on prime time television (while obscuring the horrible nudity) to airbrushed pictorial ads using sex to sell product, it is possible that the complacency is due to people being desensitized to sex rather than the understanding that nudity and sex are not the same thing. That nudity is not pornographic. That nudity IS the natural state of humanity. That when nude you are more free and experience life more fully. That, to truly understand equality you need to see others in their diversity and allow yourself to be exposed to them free of your textile mask.

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Hide it under a bushel, no; I’m going to let it shine…

–< R JGenie-smallNatural >–

Naked and Afraid

Being a fan of the Survivor series from the beginning, and a Naturist; when I saw the trailer for the “Naked and Afraid” series on Discovery channel I was naturally intrigued.

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Many questions entered my mind… Would they show everything? Would they sexualize the nudity factor (like most of our society)? What would be the reaction of the general public?

The series has run its season and the questions are answered. The genitals are blurred along with women’s breasts (why I will never understand). All other body parts seem to be fair game. I noticed no sexualization of the nudity which I view as earning huge kudos for Discovery channel.

Judging by Facebook comments from friends of friends who are non Naturists and Naturists alike, the intrigue seems to be shared by many others. There is a “million mom” action that chastises Discovery for showing pornographic (but cheeks) video on television for all innocent children to see. Apparently children don’t have but cheeks and should therefore never see a pair and should also only know shame for the wonderful creation that is represented in our human body …

In general I see the series as favorable for the Naturist/Nudist community. The average person never gets to experience simple nudity (in a non sexual way). This series seems to facilitate the understanding in others that once the initial “we are naked” is over with… and over with quickly I might add … people tend to get on with the task at hand. They meet, acknowledge their mutual nudity, realize they have a lot of work ahead of them to survive and get on with it. Some survivalists seem to waste time early in their adventure fashioning rudimentary clothing.

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I say waste time because the clothing they fashion seems to be to cover their breasts and genitals [seen already] and not for more obvious survival requirements like warmth when it is cold at night or to reduce sunburn damage, or sandals to prevent damage to the feet.

Naturists/Nudists understand quite well that simple nudity is not a threat to morality, modesty or social function. This series offers a small glimpse into those facts without actually stating them.

 –< R JGenie-smallNatural >–

 

Principles of Naturism

You often hear claims that Naturists have high standards of personal conduct and principals that would seem to be intended to justify their social nudity to others who may not otherwise understand or accept the concept. The claims are usually embedded in articles and essays but rarely listed definitively. This article is an attempt to clearly list those principals with minimal fluff or attempt at justification. No group of people (including Naturists) will agree on everything. Some may argue with individual points or wording but in general the following list is applicable.

  • We believe the natural human body is inherently decent and good and not shameful.
  • There is nothing harmful for anyone to view another uncovered.
  • We do not suffer from the unnatural fear of nudity presented by the majority.
  • Nudity is not inherently sexual.
  • Those that sexualize nudity seem (by our standards) deviant and prurient.
  • We do not feel the need to habitually hide ourselves in fabric unless needed for practical reasons.
  • We realize and respect the vast differences in human form.
  • We accept the bodies of others as they are without judgment or expectation.
  • We believe nudity is healthy and natural for all ages and fear of nudity leads to harmful prurience.
  • We marvel in awe at the amazing machine which we all posses.
  • Sexual behavior in a social nudity context is demeaning and unacceptable and should be kept private.
  • Nudity has physical and mental health benefits.
  • Naturism does not require the practice of social nudity per se, however it is common.
  • We believe there are no bad parts – breasts, genitalia and elbows are all natural and equal.
  • Nudity is not antithetical to modesty.
  • Oh. We sit on towels and should be asked before photos are taken.

The act of being nude in nature, especially with like minded individuals is indescribably empowering and liberating. It takes little time to shed the generations of expectations of concealment and realize the easy natural connection to your environment that has been missing all along. With that void filled, you readily accept the natural and diverse form of others as an extension of the environment and find that you also accept everything about yourself. The confidence and equivalent humility changes your perception forever. When you no longer view the status of others by clothes or looks, you begin to really view the character and humanity of the individual. This understanding leads to a trust and connection to virtual strangers not attainable in the superficial world of fabric.

 –< R JGenie-smallNatural >–

 

 

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Anna Aaron – Sea Monsters added to Video Page here.

 

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Dawn Gets Naked series has been added to the videos Page

 

We are Naturists Because …

Well said points on which we all can agree

  • … because the bare facts don’t hide anything, although this can lead to disappointment for those accustomed to having their fantasies inspired by sophisticated beach fashion. It’s interesting to see the variety of bodies, from young to old, and to realize that all have a beauty of their own, even though few match the ‘ideal’ suggested by advertisements. The main point is that one accepts oneself and others just the way we all are, and we believe that this is a strong point of naturists. The saying goes “clothes make the man”, but are we only someone if we do wear something ?
  • …because our birthday-suit is not only much more comfortable, it is also more beautiful and cheaper than any other garment. We do not need designer wear to improve our self-confidence, clothing just hides our own beauty!
  • … because it’s just wonderful to feel the sun, the water and the air unhindered on our skin, whilst enjoying the calm and beauty of nature. To us, this is an important part of the joy of life.
  • … because social nudity requires mutual respect and therefore produces a positive and tolerant conduct towards others.

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What is a Naturist?

This post is indented as a resource for those who might have just discovered that a friend or family member is a Naturist. It is important to understand the principals and philosophy behind Naturism so that you do not jump to conclusions that are inaccurate. Many inaccurately associate Naturism with hedonistic behavior or wife swapping etc. Nothing could be further from the truth. It is actually quite wholesome and family oriented with expectations of high moral character. Here is an excerpt from an article that covers a large portion of our belief system. The original article was titled Our Humanity Uniform.

 

To begin with, we believe that the majority in America suffers from an irrational fear of nudity. We do not fear nudity, nor do we wish to accommodate such fear. We believe that to habitually hide ourselves (or parts of ourselves) is a pretense and is unnatural. Ultimately, it becomes less about nudity and more about NOT having to be clothed.

Many people have not experienced the sensation of our whole skin exposed to the elements without shame; replaced with the feeling that all of life’s problems just seem to slip away. It is a feeling of trust, honesty, mutual concern and acceptance, a feeling of confidence, well-being and freedom. It frees us to connect with each other, nature and the environment.

We believe that hiding (behind clothing, doors, curtains etc.) builds emotional walls, and distances us from humanity. Clothing is used as a mask and/or a status symbol that tends to disguise our character. Without clothes, we are alike while being extremely diverse with many different body types. With this understanding, we readily accept our own body and those of others. We learn to ignore the physical and material and focus on individual character. The masks and status symbols are discarded. This can be held in contrast against the media portrayal of an expectation of the ideal body type and the damage that expectation causes to our health and wellness.

That which begins as nudity evolves into much more. It becomes a principal; a philosophy. Self respect results in respect for others and respect for nature. Naturists seem more genuine. We find that we are comfortable with other Naturists (clothed or not). From this experience, we find we prefer the honesty, integrity, honor represented in the ideals of Naturism. While we are proud to be associated with this movement, it is difficult to be completely open because of general misconceptions. Due to the misconceptions, many would prefer to lose the label (Nudist/Naturist) if only the substance of the philosophy would stand on its own. We all would prefer that every Naturist could have the confidence to talk freely about this without judgment. To be overly careful, some of us become hyper-purist and become overly guarded about innocent touching (hugging etc.). While this attitude is well intentioned, it causes us to [again] be distanced from our humanity. We [humans] touch, we hug, and that should not change because we are unclothed.

We (as a group) tend not to adequately lobby for our own human rights because we are so eager to yield rights to others. The nature of the philosophy can make us somewhat meek. We would all love for nudity to be seen as something normal (as we do) rather than strange. We want people to understand that there is no [actual] harm for someone to see another of his/her own species in his/her natural state. The only harm is to belief systems that demand obedience over reasoned choice. They should understand that Naturism is an enjoyable activity suitable for all, including children.

If we all could freely wear our humanity uniform we would find we are all actually on the same team.

 

In general Naturists believe the majority of the population suffers from prurient (sex charged) behavior and many side effects of that behavior plague society such as pedophilia, anorexia nervosa, bulimia, bullying and generally poor body image and shame.  Naturism is a solution to those issues.  We do not associate nudity with sex.  Instead, we celebrate the marvel of creation that is our natural human form.  All of our “parts” are considered honorable and none are considered shameful.  An article that delves into this concept can be found here Good parts vs bad parts.

Health care workers should already understand that nudity does not have to be sexual.  Their jobs would be quite difficult if they could not make that distinction.  Society in general could benefit from that understanding.

If you have any questions or concerns you should feel free to address them with your Naturist friend or family member.  Openness and honesty is a large part of the philosophy.

What to expect

It is natural to look, especially when you are not accustomed to nudity.  However, it is not considered polite to stare.  He/she will not be embarrassed.  Naturists conquer body image issues early (improved body image is a key goal).  Your friend will not expect you to undress (although you would be welcome to) to accommodate his/her beliefs and he/she would surely appreciate if you did not obligate him/her to cover up for you.  Your relationship will likely grow stronger and closer with the secret out in the open.

Naturism is NOT illegal in most of North America.  One state has laws on the books that effectively make it illegal in that state.  Naturism is relatively common in Europe.  There are Naturist Christians, Naturists Jews, Naturists of all religious beliefs.

 –< R JGenie-smallNatural >–

 

Samantha Lynn Gilmour – A Female Nudist In a Non-Nudist World

Sam has written another wonderful article.  Please take the time to read.

Little does the non-nudist world know, is that they can sign up to vacation at a nudist resort and see all the tits they want. Only for us, it’s not the gratuitously sexual kinds. None of us are there for the viewing pleasure, nor do we purposely bounce for the sale of cologne.  We are nude for the sake of living our lives expressively free of the constraints of clothing, fashion and fads. We are believers of a freedom we love and appreciate beyond anything Madison Avenue could ever understand.

But as long as Madison Avenue continues to gratuitously make women the focal point of selling a car, then we will continue to have the challenge of making our cause a simple non-sexual lifestyle and activity.
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YNA – Naturism : An Autistic Perspective

This is a lovely article that exemplifies the benefits of Naturism.

But at age eighteen I stumbled upon a naturist site by accident. I couldn’t believe my eyes, wholesome, clean, pictures of people of all ages, shapes and sizes, enjoying nature and life the way God made them, in their birthday suits. I’m not sure how I found the site. I wasn’t looking for pornography or anything dirty, I always having found such smut to be degrading (which I still do). But this was nothing of the sort. It was beautiful, pure, and, I must say, spiritual. I felt a spiritual connection stirring within me, awakening in my heart. I longed to be comfortable in my own skin, to feel the breeze and the sun all over, to be naked in nature.