Why do we go without clothes?

The simple answer is why not? However let’s expound on that answer … We are born nude. If our clothing wears out to the extent it falls off of us we will return to that state unless action is taken to replace said clothing. Therefore nude is a human being’s natural condition.

This fact compels me to reverse the question. Why does one feel the need to wear clothing other than for practical considerations like protection from the elements etc.? In warm weather, clothing is not practical at all. Certainly when swimming or tanning the bathing suit is wholly unnecessary. Yet the majority seems to have an unnatural compulsion to wear clothing. Anyone who has allowed themselves to try being without clothing (given some time to adjust) understands why one would find nudity while swimming, gardening, tanning or really any activity more comfortable. Yet they question why I do it.

Often the discussion moves to include the term “modesty”. As in have you no modesty? Remember the quote from Mark Twain “Modesty died when clothes were born”. Wearing clothing does not contribute to our modesty. Let’s look at the definition.


  • Freedom from vanity or conceit.
  • The quality or state of being unassuming or moderate in the estimation of one’s abilities.
  • The quality of being relatively moderate, limited, or small in amount, rate, or level
  • Reserve or propriety in speech, dress, or behavior
  • Lack of pretentiousness; simplicity.

I don’t see how it (lack of modesty) applies to what we practice or how we believe (Naturism).

Here is how I see it from my perspective. Clothing compulsiveness seems to be caused by two factors. 1) Shame. Shame of body image, of penis size, of cellulite, of droopy breasts, of scars – whatever the reason for each individual it is shame. When you combine the shame with vanity (Excessive pride in or admiration of one’s own appearance) or guilt (The fact of having committed a specified or implied offense, sin or crime) you feel the need to hide your shame (as Adam hid from God in the book of Genesis). People are using clothes to hide their shame of imperfection or perceived sin because of their vanity or guilt respectively. It cannot be said more plainly. Naturism is normal, natural and modest. The alternative is vain, guilty and shameful and deemed socially acceptable ONLY because of the volume of practitioners and not because of the character of the practice.

–< R J Natural >– 

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