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.
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.
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…