I am a fan of TED Talk like millions of other human beings. Beyond this, I am a nudist and spend a lot of time entirely naked. At the same time, I read a lot about body acceptance and body shame and how nudity makes us vulnerable. Well, if you have not seen the TED Talk of Brené Brown, it’s not too late. Here are some excerpt from it and my comments, related to nudism:
- « Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change ». As nudist we are vulnerable. We have nothing to hide being nude. But may be because of this vulnerability, we can be the actors of positive change in the society.
- « Shame is an epidemic in our culture ». It’s so easy to point fingers at people, to have them conform to what they deem normal. Nobody should be allowed to shame somebody because he or she is a naturist. Naturism is natural and healthy.
- « Empathy’s the antidote to shame ». This is a profound statement. Naturists are generally respectful. As naturist we respect textiles and naturists alike, we should expect the same respect from textiles when we are naked. I think we need to reply to shame with empathy and continue relentlessly to explain peacefully that nudity is just enjoyable and respectful of others. Nobody will be harmed by seeing naked people.
- « We just want, for ourselves and the people we care about and the people we work with, to dare greatly. » As nudists, we need to dare more. To dare speaking out, to dare being more openly naked, to get naked more frequently, particularly with friends and family. Dare!
To reuse one of the above sentences, if vulnerability is the birthplace of change, and if we truly believe that social nudity should be more widely accepted, then we all need to become an agent of change by exposing our vulnerability. Naturism is a peaceful activity, nobody will be harmed by sharing the earth with a nudist. To the contrary, this will increase harmony amongst human beings.
Get Naked, Stay Naked, Live Naked and Share the Naked Love.