Category Archives: Inappropriate behavior

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 >–

 

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 >–

 

 

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 >–

 

 

 

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?

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 >–

 

 

 

Naturism and sex

OK, you have heard me (and others) say it many many times … “Naturism has nothing to do with sex” … but why do we feel the need to say that? Saying it might even cause confusion. After all Naturists have sex as much as anyone else. They are normal function humans and therefore do think about sex as well.

Some Naturists are more sexually active than others. We are sexually diverse too. Each of us (Naturist or not) has our own tastes and experiences. Really it is not that Naturism has nothing to do with sex, but that the two have no direct bearing on each other. The connection between Naturism and sex is not direct.

Consider the following …

Fact – Some Naturists are bank tellers. One would not feel the need to say that Naturism has nothing to do with bank tellers. One should also not say that Naturism has something to do with bank tellers. Ahahh! That is it isn’t it? People (from outside Naturism) have said that Naturism is about sex (exhibitionism, voyeurism etc) causing us to make statements in defense of the truth.

The following facts may be better served in the defense of the truth.

First – It is surprising how easy it is to get used to being nude and being around nudity. Most people find that within a short time they forget that they are nude and vice versa. It is natural! It is wholesome.

Second – the vast majority of people who experience Naturism (at least past the initial deprogramming) recover from the ignorance afflicting those that do not [experience it]. They “get it”. So we can say that those who make these statements are making them from a position of misunderstanding (at least).

Third – once you “get it” you begin to better understand that the prejudices you held were unfounded. Not only prejudices about nudity but also about body type, skin color, sexual orientation, weight, disability, infirmity, nationality etc. This realization contributes to the dialog about “body acceptance” about which you so often hear.

Let’s correct the record. Naturism is less about sex than Puritanism is about sex. Of course I am generalizing by calling non-Naturism Puritanism but that is where the gymnophobia that is represented in the American culture began. It is [I believe] an unhealthy connection between any nudity and sex that causes imbalance and disorder resulting in the prurient (sex charged) society that we see manifest every day in the news.

Sex is not identified with Naturism [actually] only a charge, like a pointed finger, thrown at Naturism from those that do not know. Naturism is less prurient than the Puritan norm.

 –< R JNatural >–

A New Nude Summer Down Under

Another well written post from All-Nudists.  Please take the time to read.

… Those who want something else from naturism aren’t really looking for ‘naturism’, though they may think so. They need to understand that naturism isn’t going to change to suit their needs; naturism simply is what it is. Naturism exists and some folks are drawn to it, some are not. Those who are not go to something else, something which is not naturism. …

 

 

Perception

All-nudist posted a challenge to comment on a post Nudism in the New Misogyny by another blogger to which I posted a comment …

The President of AANR is Susan Weaver (female). I believe that everyone I have had occasion to deal with at The Naturist Society has been female. The female presence in YNA is undeniable. Where is the Male Domination to which she refers? I will stay away from the politics and her experiences are hers and not ours to validate. I encourage all persons (male or female) to Naturism. Increasing female population will surly correct the imbalance in population that she accurately implies.

Note: If you take the time to read the original post, please don’t stop at the end of the post. The comments are the best part.

Having gone back to the original blog and read the litany of well thought out comments and banter I realize that the original post was a vent of feelings (good for a blog) but fell short of communicating the actual circumstances that lead to the feelings in the first place.

Now that Christiana has elaborated in rebuttal comments I understand better where she is coming from.   Originally, in her post, she seemed to be stating her opinions in the abstract.  The implication (from my perspective) was the all Naturist males were this way; even as compared to males in general.  Now that she has (in comments) elaborated on her actual factual experience with “leadership” being an owner of a resort where she experienced first-hand an improper event, the original post feels more like her dealing with an (obviously) inappropriate experience.

I applaud Christina for dealing with the issue however she can.  Notwithstanding her [real] experience, I find that, in general, males in Naturism are relatively more rather than less understanding and careful about their behavior relative to women.  Everyone has the opportunity to perceive the same situation differently.  That is the nature of human beings as compared to other animals.  We take in all sensory input and consciously direct attention to the input that matters to the individual, update our mental model of the world around us and apply that model to the affect on the “self” which is also a mental model.  Sorry for the digression into a field of interest – the way the mind works relative to programming (my field).

The point is that we can be presented with the same experience and the perception of its affect on us can be different.  I have been touched or slapped on the butt by people male and female (some friends and family) and I perceived it more like the playful tap on the butt you might give a toddler as the run by.  The same touch might be perceived as an assault on a vulnerable female when done by person in authority.  This is why it is illegal in Texas for teachers to have a relationship with a student at any age.  Christina is dealing with something that should never have happened.  However, Nudism is not at fault.  Exploitation of females happens.  It shouldn’t happen.  I see more evidence of female exploitation in general than I do in Nudism specifically.

As to the politics: the government is not a social fix.  It should stay out of our lives as much as possible.  So based on the premise, I don’t see how any political view has to do with this discussion.

–< R JNatural >–