Category Archives: Body Image

School yard attitude

She is fat. He is nerdy. He looks stupid. She has a scar. She is flat-chested. The people you see and a nude beach are not the ones you want to see naked. These comments sound like those of immature bullies in a schoolyard; or like the “popular kid” in high school putting down others to build themselves up. But these comments are being made by adults in our society.

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What does any genetic trait or attribute regarding appearance have to do with that which really matters? Does a “fat person” or an “old person” have any less right to enjoy a day on the beach that a “good looking skinny person”?

Here is what I have found to be true. Those with blessed lives (looks, proportions, money) are not always the ones with true character. You see, struggle builds character. Those who have less struggle less have less opportunity to build character. Those who struggle more have it easy; their character is built by the struggle.

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So, what does this have to do with Naturism?

I believe that the practice [attraction] of Naturism is to grow beyond the pretense. To look beyond the clothes used to define our importance. To be totally honest in our presentation; nothing hidden. To realize the true character of the individual regardless of their physical attributes. Of course we [also] appreciate a well proportioned human form. But our priorities are on character. And we do not discriminate based on genetic traits or physical imperfections.

Discriminate – consider this for a moment…

Are those who are “offended” by nudity really harmed, or are they using this argument to discriminate?

You often hear the argument expressed when someone (who is not accustomed to nudity) when being confronted by another person’s nudity that they are “offended”. Really?  what is offensive?

It is offensive to be forced (by threat of legal punishment) to wear clothes when not practical. The expectation that we should cover our natural body with cloth to [somehow] protect them from being offended is discrimination. They would prefer not to see our flaws. They would prefer not to be expected to show their flaws. That is the reason for the clothing requirement. So we are forced to cover, or hide in seclusion.

Let’s not hide.

I am not suggesting that you run out in the street and provoke confrontation. However, you shouldn’t have to hide. Express to your friends and family the benefits of Naturism whenever an opportunity arises. Let people know that we are open, caring, [relatively] normal individuals and that we would rather not cover up to appease the fears and insecurities of society. Laws will change when the attitude of the people is changed. Maybe we can correct a people one person at a time…

 

–< R JNatural >–

 

 

centauri4-naturism.tumblr.com – Nudism Happens

“Nudism Happens” – A little casual nudity softens the landscape and makes society look less desolate; definitely more attractive. This photograph is clearly “staged” or acted and would not be considered “natural” or “naturally occurring”. However, the importance of such an image cannot be understated because it is an attempt to place casual nudity into the realm of acceptance and serve as an aid to people in understanding how social nudism would look. It is definitely a “fantasy image”, but should not be generally regarded as a sexual fantasy (or erotic fantasy). Most people …

YNA – My Body Image Issues And How Social Nudity Changed My Life

Another good article over at YNA …

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Many people in the United States struggle with body image issues. The world around us keeps tells us that we have to look like skinny celebrities. Needless to say, this can be hard for people to live up to.

There is a huge stigma, especially for women, that they have to be very thin. I have struggled with my weight since I was 13 years old. I never understood calories and fat. My family let me eat whatever I wanted and really did not teach me about healthy eating or exercise.

This created problems for me at school especially gym class. I felt so depressed that I could not really take part in P.E. class. I looked so different from the other girls in my class who were all taking ballet, gymnastics, cheer leading, or were running track and playing sports.

By 18, I had taken steps to curb my weight and was back down to 97 pounds. Two years later, I got married and got pregnant and then suddenly those body image issues became front and center again. I gained over 65 pounds!!! Now, five years and three kids later I have had to deal with these issues head on.

A friend told me that she was able to deal with her body image issues by attending social activities while nude. …

Home Clothes Free – Christian and Happily Nude

Wonderful article!

Christian Nudist is many times regarded as a oxymoron. I’ve had people ask me how can you be a Christian and a nudist? Personally I think its very easy to be both Christian and nudist.  When Adam and Eve covered themselves it wasn’t because of nudity its because they were ashamed of their sin. Simple nudity is not sin or we could go in a steam room, shower at a gym or go see a Dr. Why is it OK for Dr. and nurses to see us nude because they went to college? Our society has created a unhealthy view of nudity, now always linked with sex to that point that breast feeding is frowned upon . Pornography and sexually explicit TV has warped the view of nudity to be ugly or perverted. We have been taught that different sizes, races  and aged bodies are gross and something to be shamed of. What has that gotten us, but   a world where we get grossed out or ashamed by nudity.

<< So you have discovered your friend is a Naturist …

What now?

First – The world will not come to an end; however, you may need to re-learn that which you thought you knew about the subject.  This blog can help.

Read this post for some perspective on Naturist’s.

Second – There has been no offense committed.  If you found out the hard way (by an unexpected encounter with him/her nude) you must realize that he/she is probably relieved not embarrassed.   Therefore you have committed no offense to him/her by seeing him/her naked.  For a Naturist, the most difficult part is hiding from people.  It is contrary to their beliefs although often necessary due to the misconceptions and prejudice associated with Naturism.  If you found out though a conversation of confidence, you must realize that he/she is not trying to offend you by confiding.  He/she is being honest and inclusive with the hope that you will except him/her as they are.

Third – Your friend is thinking “I am glad that is out of the way, now I don’t have to hide” but you are faced with a decision.  Can I accept this news and still remain friends or not?  Friendships should not be discarded so easily and if you are so puritanical and gymnophobic that you are considering doing so, you may need to seek help to find out why.  My suggestion is for you to at least do some honest research on the subject with an open mind.

Forth – Ask questions!  Communicate openly.  Tell your friend how you are feeling and ask their suggestions on how to deal with it.  They have been through this before.

 

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 mutual friendship will likely grow stronger and closer with the secret out in the open.  My experience with informing friends and family has been good.  More than 90% accept me totally.  All of those that want me to hide from them have experienced some abuse in their life that they have not yet faced.  At least 40% have utilized the opportunity to try skinny-dipping etc. with their Naturist friend as there is no safer way to try.  At least 20% (when informed) confided they too were Naturists and had not informed others.  As of this writing I have lost no friends on having been informed.

–< R JNatural >–

 

All Nudist – Appearance and First Impressions – Nudism

Another fine article from All Nudist.  The underlying irony exemplified in this post is that many textiles (non-nudists) believe that Nudism/Naturism is ALL about seeing people naked or being seen naked.  All Nudist points out that they have it wrong.


 

Teen Nudist Q&A

This post is well worth your time to read …

I have a million things to tell you about being a nudist, and I was born into this lifestyle. But my best (and oldest) girlfriend can give you a better perspective because she came into this later into her childhood. We met at the Cherokee Camp Resort and have been inseparable since. And now we both are in college together, we work more closely on such issues as teens and the nudist lifestyle.

We understand this world has a bad spot on it that has evil people roaming around amonst us, and they have made our lifestyle seemingly a hard existence. Obviously I’m speaking of child molesters and child pornographers, and if there was a way to eliminate them from life’s equation then many lives would be easier and peaceful.

We, Sara and myself, my mother, my Aunt Missy, among others within my close circle, have been fortunate to never had to confront the issue, but I have decided to spend my life educating the people about our lifestyle and the legal presence of such activities – and the freedom, fun, innocence and love we all enjoy as nudists.

Aren’t nudist beaches and camps dangerous for children, preteens and teenagers?

Some people think being nude in public is dangerous especially if you’re a child or preteen boy or girl or a teenage girl or boy. They think nudist beaches are full of sexual predators waiting to molest young girls and boys, and that nudist camps are dangerous. Are they? The answer is no!

Nudists are really nice people. You’re totally exposed to each other and that makes you more open. Of course any place can be dangerous! But nudists are very helpful and friendly.

There are even nudist youth camps and I heard they’re lots of fun! And they check on the people who work there so they’re safe. Even if you’re not at a camp nudists know they’re part of a special group. That’s why we look out for each other!

What was your first nudist experience?

Being Naked When We Want

Here is an excerpt from vegannakedpagan.wordpress.com.

A good read.

“We also think that nudity is only for those who are young and in shape.  Anyone seeing me naked would know that neither of those things are true about me.  That being the case, the observing party might come to the conclusion that I had no right to be naked in public.  If I were twenty and a body builder, perhaps.

What crap!

I am sure there are those who want to “get nekkid” precisely so that they can flash their junk.  There are always going to be those sickos!  The vast majority of naturists/nudists want to be nude for very different reasons.  Some, like me, want to feel the connection to earth, nature, or even spirit.  Being nude accentuates that.  Some do it for health reason, believing that the sun and fresh air make them healthier.  Some just because they enjoy the feeling.  For all these folks, it has no more to do with sex than being clothed does; maybe less.

I know some people say that we naturists should not push the boundaries of where we can enjoy nudity.  If we are at a club, or designated beach, then fine, but don’t include parks or all beaches, or city streets.  I disagree.  I don’t think that we should be obnoxious about it, but I do believe that we should push to have the right to be nude where we want.  If we are not involved in sexual activity, or the suggestion of sexual activity (you know, waving our stuff around in a sexual manner) then we should have the right to be nude where and when we want.”

Our Humanity Uniform

It is often difficult to articulate effectively a belief in something and the reasons why. If you read some of my posts, especially older ones, you might get an understanding, but they tend to be quite verbose. This post constitutes my attempt at being less verbose and clearer. If I am successful, 99.9% of Naturists/Nudists should agree and a majority of non-Naturists [yet] should at least understand.

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.

 

–< R JNatural >–

 

 

 

Fear of Nudity

We at East Texas Area Naturists appreciate J Blum of YNA being an ambassador for Naturism / Nudism.  Please read her article.

Why Do People Fear Nudity And Can We Change This?

Why People Are Afraid Nudity

Fear Of Nudity

Fear Of Nudity

In some cultures nudity is frowned upon due to social and religious structures. This may be due to cultural or religious beliefs or other forms of upbringing. Often people are taught that the body is shameful and should be hidden by clothing and that nudity should be discouraged. In most places public nudityis illegal and can translate into being uncomfortable with it even in a more private location.  Other social inhibitions may prevent people from being nude in a public setting (even where it is allowed) such as fear of reprisal from friends or family since it can be looked down upon as being indecent.   …