Category Archives: Nude rights

Comparison

As caring people, we would like to accommodate your feelings on nudity. However, your expectation that we must always accommodate you, and you to never accommodate us, assumes a premise that your beliefs are honorable and correct and our beliefs are not.

Most of my friends and family intuitively understand this. When entering their home they say “make yourself comfortable … get naked”. If I were dressed when they come to visit they would think something was wrong. When viewing family or vacation pictures they expect that they may encounter nudity and would not expect me to filter them. Often we have groups of people over to enjoy the pool etc. and often the group is mixed between clothed and unclothed. They are all respectful of each other and their respective beliefs. There have been a few family and friends that do not get it. They expect us to always make the accommodation.

For the purpose of exercising the openness of our minds please consider the following facts. There is a large number of people who believe that it is correct for any woman to be covered from head to toe and to be accompanied by a male family member at all times in public, otherwise she would be considered guilty for the resulting victimization that she endures at the behest of a gang of men. There are also a large number of people who believe that clothing should be worn at all times when around others. That not doing so is akin to pornography. There are a large number of people who believe that the human body is inherently decent and good and that arbitrarily covering it with clothing is unnecessary and unnatural, and the practice has negative and dangerous social and moral results. In practice there are gradients of beliefs between these depictions and beyond, but for the purpose of this comparison bare with me (pun intended).

Consider the following depiction …

Intermediate

Now open your mind to that fact that you might be in belief system 2 and you are being judged by belief system 1 to be wrong and immoral. You are expected to cover completely at all times to accommodate the beliefs of system 1. This [of course] includes beaches where you are expected to remain covered. Your belief system tells you that this is wrong and that it is immoral for those people to expect you to accommodate their beliefs, but alas you must because they believe you should.

Despite your indignation telling you differently, there is practically no difference between that comparison and the same comparison applying belief system 2 and belief system 3. Let’s face it, you would not relinquish your rights in this way based only on the beliefs of other’s– nor should you.

Now that our mind is a little more open, let’s begin from the assumption of equality of beliefs and negotiate our position from there…

I will wear clothes when visiting your home if you will remove yours when visiting mine. Or conversely, I will wear clothes when you visit my home if you accommodate me with nudity when I visit your home. When out in a public place (Maintained for or used by the people or community) we each can wear as much or as little fabric as we respectively believe to be correct. I will not presume that you should remove your clothes to be allowed in a public place, providing you do not presume I should cover myself to be allowed to take advantage of the places we share.

Consider this comparison carefully as life has a way of changing. Your indignation and arrogance at being in belief system 2 at the moment may be less realistic if you suddenly find yourself to be the one who is fighting for your beliefs to be understood and accepted.

 

–< R J Genie-smallNatural >–

 

Enough!

If you think a lady breastfeeding in public is a sexual or exhibitionist event then you are the pervert.  Breasts are primarily for feeding our young, not for sexual gratification (yours or anybody’s).

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Leave mothers alone. Let them feed their young in piece without banishing them to a dirty bathroom or making them feel like they are doing something wrong.

Correct your mind not the mother feeding her child.

 –< R J Genie-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 >–

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 >–

 

 

New videos added

National Geographic Nudist Documentary

Posted to the Videos Page here.

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 >–

 

Laws requiring clothing

Sexualization and lewdness are symptoms of behavior caused by clothing compulsiveness in society. This fact is supported by the profusion of values present in Naturist/Nudist culture as compared to the diminished values apparent in society at large.

The creation of laws requiring clothing only exacerbates and does nothing to solve the problem. There are laws against lewd and dangerous behavior. These laws (if enforced) are adequate to protect society without the need to require clothing. Criminalizing the [natural] human form only promotes shame, disgust and intolerance.

Intolerance of the [natural] human body causes discriminatory practices toward a [minority] percentage of the population (estimated at 13%) that prefer not to wear clothing unnecessarily. This causes us to sequester in seclusion from the [majority] population to mitigate the likelihood of being persecuted or prosecuted [only] for being the way we were created. In all but one state the practice of Naturism / Nudism is legal but generally laws require clothing in public and are often vague as to their application.

What happened to equal rights? Why are we not free to practice that which we believe? There is no evidence that nudity causes any [actual] harm to an observer at any age. The shock (of which some proclaim) comes from the intolerance due to the sequestration discussed above. This is supported by the fact that Naturist children are not shocked at the sight of a nude body of any age. It is natural to them because they have not been taught to expect the body to be [unnecessarily] covered by clothing.

Then there is the religious argument. There is ample evidence to any open minded person that this is at the very least debatable. The values of Naturists are not in opposition to most religions and certainly not in opposition to Christian values. Consider the message on this bumper sticker.

However, the separation of church and state would seem to argue against laws based on the [perceived] morality of any religion. Laws are to protect members of society from harm not appease the uninformed views and insecurities of any group.

There is a simple workable solution to all of the points presented above.

  1. Throw out all laws requiring clothing as they ARE discriminatory.
  2. Enforce laws that protect people from [actual] harm.

–< R JNatural >–

 

 

 

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 >–

 

 

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“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 …

<< 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 >–