Why #nudism is critical and matters to society

Nudists know the many benefits of nudism and shared nudity. However, a vast majority of people, who are not nudists, see nudity as bad. We know this feeling is rooted in education as well as the fact that society has been sexualizing nudity for years. Therefore, people associate nudity to sex, and because sex is private, nudity should be. End of the story for many people.

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Nudists have disassociated nudity and sex. Being naked is therefore normal, natural and social. With this, every nudist has been exposed to all sorts of nude bodies: every color, gender, body shape, scars, etc. Nudists know that nudism is all about being comfortable in our ones skin, with ones own body. When kids are exposed to nudism early or adults later when they embrace the nudism lifestyle, they understand that people are all different and come to respect, and appreciate, those differences.

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Every time I am discussing with a nudist I do not know at a club or resort, I’m always nicely surprised by how friendly he or she is. We immediately bond because we share this wonderful lifestyle and we immediately show respect and interest. I come to believe that if nudism was more spread and accepted, people will show more respect to each other and we will face less sexual harassment situation. I am not saying that those situation do not happen in a nudist environment, predators and disrespectful people are everywhere. However, these people are faster spotted in a nudist environment, and I come to believe that by disassociating nudity from sex, people will show more respect and consideration for differences.

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We have recently seen that the opening of a nudist/naturist space in Paris, in the Bois de Vincennes, has not creating an outcry, but has actually dragged a lot of naturists over the week-ends to enjoy shared nudity. Because it’s a public place, non nudists and nudists shared the same space with peace and acceptance. This proves that we can live together, that nudity is harmless, and has actually exposed nudism to more people, who may have been curious, are respecting others’ choice and may become nudists later. I hope to see this space will open again next year, sooner than this year, and that many other cities will follow suit, exposing the lifestyle to more and more people.

Nudism is probably one of the most respectful and peaceful lifestyle on this planet. There’s nothing wrong with naked bodies is the message we, as nudists, need to repeat again and again. We need to talk about nudism more and to invite all our friends and family to spend time naked together at our local club or resort, or to go on a nakation. I believe nudism is one of the best ways to grow respect among mankind, and is so critical to our well-being.

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Strange Rules and Little-Known Etiquette for Nudist Colonies

Ok, I hate the term nudist colonies. It feels as this was a kind of a sect or secret cult. Then the use of strange seems to mean that this is a kind of a weird places. Any nudist club or resort is neither a sect nor a weird place. It’s a just a place where people live their own lives while enjoying total nudity.

However, the post Strange Rules and Little-Known Etiquette for Nudist Colonies is much better than its title implies. It describes the unknown rules to non naturist that are applied to almost all the nudist resorts in the world, and uses wonderful paintings to introduce each of it. Let’s list the 12 rules described in this post:

  1. No Lingerie, Underwear, or Suggestive Attire. There’s nothing sexual in naturism. Not naturists do not enjoy sex, they do, like most human beings, but being socially naked does not mean having sex in public.
  2.  You Don’t Have to Be Naked. Well, the newbies are generally given a test period of a day or less to appreciate whether they are ok with social nudity. But once this trial period off, nudity is generally required. Of course, if the temperature is chilly or if you get sunburned, you can wear clothes. Common sense prevails! But a nudist resort is not clothing-optional, it’s nude-required.
  3. Do Not Feed the Alligators. This is for Florida resorts… Very few resorts have crocodile on their premises.
  4. Don’t Have Sex in Front of Everyone. Go back to rule number one. It’s not a sex club, it’s a naturist resort! Actually any public sexual behavior will have you banned from most of the resorts, club and beaches.
  5. You Have to Carry a Towel at All Times. Don’t sit on your naked butt without using your own towel. Hygienic common sense!
  6. You Can Bring Your Kids. Social nudity is family friendly. Ask before though, as some clubs (a minority) are adults only. For family clubs, your kids will love the freedom of roaming butt naked with their friends.
  7. Make Sure You’re Actually at a Nudist Colony (Before Whipping Your Junk out). Sounds obvious no?
  8. Stop Staring at People. Naturists look at each others in the eyes. Naturism is neither exhibitionism nor voyeurism. Look but do not stare!
  9. If You Get an Erection, Put it Away. Although it’s rare, as naturism is overtly not sexual, this may happen. Move on your belly and start thinking to something else. There’s nothing wrong with having an erection, just avoid displaying it!
  10. Don’t Wave Your Boner Around Like a Jackass. Rules 1 and 4 again! It’s not an exhibitionist show. Exhibitionists will actually get banned from most clubs, resorts or beaches.
  11. Please Walk Along the Shoreline. On a nude beach, first get naked (while in Rome, do as Romans), walk on the shore, and do not stare! It’s about the experience of being free not being a voyeur! Voyeurs are generally banned too!
  12. You Aren’t Allowed to Take Photos. You actually can if and only if, everybody in the picture agrees! But you need to ask first. In most resorts, there will be a clear no-picture policy. However, if you want to keep memories, ask first and ensure everybody on the picture agrees to be photographed naked!

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Painting from Paul Gustav Fischer, Sunbathing in the dunes, 1916

 

What I Learned About Body Positivity By Running Naked At A Nudist Ranch

Here’s another great article promoting body positivity and naturism in the mainstream online press: What I Learned About Body Positivity By Running Naked At A Nudist Ranch. The subtitle is “Eventually, I stopped seeing naked people and just saw people.” I would say almost all is said in this subtitle. This says clearly naturism is not about exhibitionism or voyeurism, it’s just about being who we are.

As naturists, we know naturists look at each other in the eyes and do not judge others by their body shape, color, size or any physical trait. This is why I really like this article. Ponder this quote for a moment:

Social nudism isn’t about seeing and proving; it’s about experiencing

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Nudist idea #10: Start a #Naturist Nonlanded Club

As per the American Association for Nude Recreation, there are two types of naturist clubs: landed and nonlanded: “The landed club has its own grounds and facilities. It may be luxurious or rustic. Nonlanded club members often meet at a private home or somewhere in their community like the local health club. They may travel together to a landed club.”

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You can start your own club at home with a bunch of friends and plan naturist activities. It can be planning a week-end at a naturist club, a naked hike or a naked barbecue at your place. The idea of a nonlanded club is that you create an official naturist club or association that will help organizing more naked activities and regroup more naturists with a common goal.

Image result for nonlanded naturist clubsCreating such a group is easy and you can get more details with your local naturist federation. Once your club is created you can advertise in your local newspaper to recruit new members, inform the community of your activities and lobby to get more official nude spaces, like beaches or trails. Having a club helps to legitimate naturism in your community and helps to inform the public about naturism and its many benefits. By being affiliated to your national naturist federation you will get support and assistance too. Of course, creating such a club necessitates some work and time investment. However, if you are really wanting to increase your nude time and your nudist friends, this is an excellent way to do so.

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Nudist Idea #9: Go on a Nakation

Naturism and vacation go well together. A naturist vacation is generally called a nakation (naked vacation). Think about going to a warm area, in the middle of nature or on a tropical sea shore and not having to wear anything but your smile, and you will have a fairly good idea of what a nakation is.

Image result for nakationA while back I wrote 5 reasons why nakation is the best vacation. Those 5 reasons are more valid than ever. Enjoying no tan line is beautiful. However, having to spend time with like-minded people is probably the most enjoyable part of a nakation. In a naturist environnement, everybody will be naked (although newbies can enjoy a first day clothed in some clubs) and you will be able to stay naked the whole holidays. And of course, you will make new friends who can become naturist friends for life opening new opportunities to spend naked time.

Related imageNakations can take many forms. The best is to chose a clothing optional resort. There are many such resorts in the Carribeans, in France, Spain and Greece for beach lovers, or in nature in many countries in the world. Search for naturist travel agents on the internet to find the right spot for your next nakation. Actually, there are so many naturist and clothing optional resorts and clubs that you can spend the rest of your holidays naked somewhere in the world.

If you cannot go to a naturist resort, you can still enjoy a nakation by spending time a the closest nudist beach or hiking naked as much as you can for instance. You can look for naturist-friendly rentals or secluded place in nature where you will be able to be butt naked. Over the years, I’ve discovered that once you have naturism in mind, it becomes possible to be naked in lots of places, even when they are not naturist per se. Sometimes, it’s just a matter of asking.

Whatever your choice of location, nakation is a great choice of holiday. No laundry, no tan lines, no worries! Travel light and spend a great time naked with your friends and families, because sharing is caring and it funnier!

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Nudist idea #6: Speak to your Friends about #Naturism

We all know that for most of us nudists, sharing with non-nudists our love and passion for nudism is not always easy. However, it’s a necessary step for a wider acceptance of nudism in our society. We all should be ambassadors of nudism with our close circle of friends and family.

Image result for nudist friendsBut sharing this can lead to some very awkward moment, as nudity is really taboo for many people. Having said this, we need to acknowledge the fact that naturism is a legal lifestyle in most countries in the world that have a local naturist federation. And I would reiterate the advice to become of member of this federation, as it legitimates your status as a naturist. Of course, you do not need to be a member of your naturist federation to claim you are a naturist, but I personally found it helped.

One way to break the ice during a conversation is to share that you generally swim naked whenever it’s possible as it’s really a wonderful sensation. Most people will agree, and you can go on staying nudity can also be experienced in nature and with other through naturism. It’s then good to share the definition of naturism from the INF: “Naturism is a way of life in harmony with nature characterised by the practice of communal nudity with the intention of encouraging self-respect, respect for others and for the environment”.

Image result for nudist friendsGenerally, after this beginning of conversation, your friends will generally ask if you are a naturist. And the answer will come naturally. The risk? That some of your friends and family will find you are nuts. However, true friends will hopefully not judge you, as you are not forcing them to become naturists. However, if they are not against your views, you may propose that they join you for a day or a week-end at your naturist club, and that you will be very happy to introduce them to naturism, as it’s a wonderful lifestyle that promotes self-respect.

Who knows? If you do not try, you will not get the opportunity to bring new naturists in and to get naked more often. Naturism is an awesome lifestyle and I believe it should be shared widely if we want to live in a more tolerant world.

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Nudist Idea #1: join a nudist club

This sounds an obvious one, but not so many nudists are affiliated to their nudist organization and part of their local nudist club or resort. However, this is a great way to be naked more often, learn about naked activities and meet other like-minded people.

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There are clubs all over the planet. Sure, some countries do not allow nudity and there are no local nudist federation. However, as I could see over the years, most of my readers are in countries that allow nudism and have nudist federations. The complete list of those federations can be found on the International Naturist Federation website here.

Don’t lose time, join now and put idea #1 in practice!

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4 good reasons to be nude

Here are four good reaons to be nude more often provided by Cypress Cove Nudist Resort:

  1. It feels good!
  2. It’s more comfortable!
  3. Swimming without the hassle of a bathing suit.
  4. It’s easier to move without the restriction of clothing.

All very good reasons to adopt the most incredibly awesome lifestyle: naturism!

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Growing as a nudist

The June edition of Undressed Press, American Association for Nude Recreation newsletter, is out. As usual, it is packed with nice articles about naturists’ preferred lifestyle, naturism. This June edition contains a very nice article from Alix Schuttauf (her father used to be AANR Executive Director, as per his LinkedIn profile) . This young lady explains how she grew as a nudist and what naturism has brought her.

Growing up as a nudist has given me a stronger bond with my family.

This [AANR Youth Summer Camps] helped me tackle and overcome the pressure about negative body image, and gave me a better view of body acceptance.

Because of my upbringing in this body-positive environment, I can still be happy knowing that while I may be judged for my body, it truly doesn’t matter to me.

Naturists all know about the numerous benefits of naturism and social nudity. It’s so wonderful to read it from a young lady who has grown up in a nudist environment. She explains in very simple terms the numerous benefits of being a nudist. Share this with your friends and family who are not (yet) nudists and let them discover this wonderful lifestyle that is naturism.

I encourage you joining your local/national naturist association/federation and if you live in the US, join AANR. You can subscribe to this very insightful newsletter by clicking here and download the June edition from here.

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What it feels like to … be a naturist

Another short and sweet article about naturism in the mainstream press, this times, The Herald, from Scotland. In this text, the author describes how he came to naturism, having discovered its benefits. A few quotes from the article:

Everybody was friendly and welcoming

There was a sense of community there (a naturist camp) that you don’t get at an ordinary camp site

You can find if you’re naked and it’s raining, it’s not as bad to walk about naked as it is to walk about with clothes on

Enjoy the article and share your thoughts below.

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