Just in case you had any doubts …
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.
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…
“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 …
This post is aimed at experienced and newbie naturists alike.
I apologise for any grammatical errors, I just don’t have the time to proof read, otherwise I would not be able to post it for another few days!
A few weeks ago I wrote a post about ‘Naturism – What it means’ and invited you to comment on what Naturism means to you and you were very generous in your response. Some of you asked your comments to be kept private, which I have done and about 50 of you were happy for me to publish your comments. If you have not seen this post and comments, it is here;
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.
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.
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.
Re-blogged article from centauri4-naturism.tumblr.com
“Does the public have a natural “right” to fear nudity?
Not as much as we have a right to fear those who hurt
and kill people for being nude in public!”
(Who can identify a person without a face? We do not know each other that well.)
If a divine being, an all-powerful creator of the Universe, had not wanted humanbeings to experience the world and all it sensations with all of our senses, wouldn’t they have created us in a different form? I mean, seriously, what sort of challenge is it to us to have these amazing bodies that are capable of feeling so much in a world full of breezes, sunshine, warm sand and the gentle caress of ferns, and for-some-reason to be NOT expected to experience them!
There are thousands of great Blogs online and millions of amazingly beautiful photographs circling the global electronically – a literal maelstrom of digital genius, madness and everything in between; but what of beauty?
We know it. We agree upon it. It is more universally recognized than music in its capacity to soothe the savage beast, but it also provokes outrage and violence in some who feel compelled to act on behalf of a deity they believe must surely be indignant and outraged at us for appreciating it? Come on. Seriously?
The universe controls us to the extent that we exist within it, but ..
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.