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Nudity is a complete and normal state describes how being nude is a natural state but how being a naturist in a textile world is a journey. I certainly agree.
…nudity is a natural state. Shame of nudity is a learned behavior. Nudity equals sex is a taught equation, and for many religions, sex is bad, therefore nudity is bad. I believe sex is good, and nudity is good too, although nudity and sex are two different things. We need to deconstruct those beliefs, but it’s worth it, because nudism is just a wonderful natural state. When you start being nude at home, at the beach, or in nature, you do not think any more about it. You are just who you are, naked.
For me an important aspect of being nude in a social setting is what I refer to as the intimacy of nudism. I don’t mean sexual intimacy, nudism is not sexual, but rather a form of personal intimacy.
Being nude in the presence of another human being can be a very powerful experience. Letting go of embarrassment, and shame, and sexual thoughts, all of the things we are taught to associate with nudity, we connect with others in a more meaningful way. In our nude state we are reduced to our most basic essence. When we remove our clothing we remove our affectations of status, our costume of identity, the mask we present to the world.
When I am nude before you, it is more then just a body on display. More then just assorted parts. It is all that I am. All that the rest of the world does not get to see. All that I am told I must hide. All of my flaws. All of my perfection.
It’s a bond of trust, like a secret shared with a best friend. It is a beautiful moment, pure, and honest. And I am sharing this with you, as you share in turn with me.
The Intimacy of Nudism
I really can’t add much to The Imp’s sentiments. When I’m nude, especially with others, I feel more comfortable and more confident. I’m more myself and through shedding the facades, I feel more liberated. In the right setting, being nude can feel quite spiritual; there’s a sensation of feeling more connected with my surroundings and with others. As my friend Chet says, “Nude, we resemble one another.”
I am not in fact trying to create a nude society where everybody is nude all the time, but I am seeking the decriminalization of nudity and create a choice for people. Those that wish to be nude, can be nude, without being prosecuted or branded criminal, simply for their choice of clothing, or in this case, their choice not to have clothing. It is what we are. We were born this way.
I, too, advocate the legalization and decriminalization of the human body. There should not be criminal penalties for simply being without clothing. Even if all prohibitions against public nudity were done away with, I wouldn’t necessarily walk around town or do my shopping nude but it would be good to know I could if I wanted to. Imagine not having to get dressed to check the mail or take out the garbage. Or tending my garden? How nice it would be to be able to swim at any public pool without having to own a swimsuit or take a nude stroll in a public park.
Public nudity, what is the issue?
Does anyone have a “right” to be nude? At one time I would have said, “Absolutely!” Now I’m not quite so sure. Maybe I feel inundated by naturist evangelism and affirmations and it’s starting to sound like a lot of other presumed rights that are advocated by countless groups.
I enjoy nudity either alone or with others and I’m comfortable with it. Whenever possible, I prefer to be nude and I think of it as my natural physical state. I wish I could be nude more often, in more places, and in more social contexts. If nudists have a right to anything, it is the right to pursue our recreational and casual activities without criminal, civil, or social sanctions for simply being nude. Simple nudity causes no harm, endangers no one’s property, and does not infringe on anyone’s “rights.” Being offended is not being harmed since it’s the offended individual’s choice to be in that state and there is no “right” to not be offended.
I know acceptance isn’t going to happen any time soon, but I can hope that one day, we will evolve into a more tolerant and more enlightened society where nudity is just another clothing option.
Today Young Naturists America published Naked Yoga : A Story of Transformation by guest blogger Isis Phoenix. I’ve talked about it and discussed several articles on the subject but this is by far the best article on naked yoga I’ve read.
I would be naked in the air, at a fair, or in the square.
I would be naked on a dare or with a mare.
I would be naked here or there.
I would be naked without a care.
I would be naked anywhere.
Long, long ago, in a faraway land two friends and I were eating pizza in the kitchen in the wee hours of the morning. None of us was wearing a stitch of clothing. When I relate this story, I’m of often asked, “Why?” My answer is always, “Because we were hungry, of course.” Invariably, the response to that is, “No, why were you naked?”
At that particular time and in that particular place we didn’t see any reason to be wearing clothes. To not be naked seemed superfluous in that situation. It was simply casual nudity among friends although, admittedly, we had only known our female companion but a few hours before we shared a pizza with her. I believe making friends is easier when you’re nude, there’s one less barrier that you have to overcome.
Charlie Hebdo and Naturism ~ Stéphane Deschênes, Bare Oaks Blog
The article doesn’t so much relate naturism to the Charlie Hebdo attack as it talks about intolerance of views contrary to your own and taking offense to opinions, life choices and behaviors that you don’t embrace.
Blasphemy and offence only exist when people who consider the ideas, words or images being expressed as blasphemous and offensive. These are not universal values. What offends one person is meaningless to someone else. …
Fundamentally, we should not prevent people from saying and doing things that don’t impact the liberty of others — even if it is offensive to some. To a naturist, being nude is natural. It does not impact anyone else other than causing offence to some. …
If it does not limit someone else’s freedom, what a person says, does or wears should not be subject to restrictions just because it might offends others. Offence is very personal and should stay that way in a free and democratic society.
Stéphane Deschênes, Charlie Hebdo and Naturism, Bare Oaks Blog, 17 January 2015
Mr. Deschênes’ words echo my belief that taking offense is always a personal choice. You always have an option. You can take the perceived blasphemy, insult, or breach of social conformity and be offended. Or you could ignore it, or you can accept it. If the perceived offence doesn’t cause harm to anyone or infringe upon the rights or liberties of anyone, then what’s the big deal? No one has the right to not be offended. It doesn’t exist and the illusion that it exists is illogical. In a free and democratic society, the right to potentially offend someone actually pre-empts the illusion that they have a right not to be offended.