Here’s a good question posted in the Willamette Week: Should You Be Spending More Time Naked in Public?
For naturists it’s a resounding Yes! However, the story of the author is insightful and probably shared by many of us, naturists and non-naturists alike.
After going through a relative happiness as a kid to be naked, aversion for nudity grew through teenagers time and is still solid with many adults. And then comes the experience of social nudity: « When (almost) everyone is naked, suddenly it doesn’t feel weird. » But, « when we see those bodies, we feel uncomfortable. »
And, by realizing every body has flaws and variety is interesting, this is where the epiphany generally happens. « So that instead of feeling like our own weird bodies were the only ones that didn’t look perfect on a billboard, we could understand that we fit just right within the breadth of naked humans? »
The author concludes in sort of a humoristic way: « But our bodies are fucking amazing. They are doing so many things all the time, who cares what the skin looks like? » Yes, this is where the beauty of naturism lies in my opinion. When you get comfortable in your own skin and become comfortable with other naked people around you, you know you are a naturist and you will look at the textile word with some suspicions. This is the border textiles do not understand because they have not realized what they are missing.
Naturism is a wonderful lifestyle, bred with respect and self confidence. If you have not tried it, I really encourage you to cross the border. Follow the advices I gave in those articles: 12 reasons why I am a nudist and you should be too!, 12 Ways To Become Comfortable With Nudity, and 10 Steps to Positive Body Image.
Get Naked, Stay Naked, Live Naked and Share the Naked Love!