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).
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 Natural >–
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.
Some 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.
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.
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 JNatural >–
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.
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.
Body acceptance is a solution not a plaque.
Hide it under a bushel, no; I’m going to let it shine…
–< R JNatural >–
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.
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.
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 JNatural >–
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 JNatural >–
Dawn Gets Naked series has been added to the videos Page
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.
- Throw out all laws requiring clothing as they ARE discriminatory.
- Enforce laws that protect people from [actual] harm.
–< R JNatural >–
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?
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 >–