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"Body shame originates in our minds with our thoughts and perceptions. Neither our religion nor our culture makes us ashamed of our bodies, only our belief that we should be ashamed. Shame comes from our own thoughts which we have the power to change. If we perceive no shame then there is none. No one can make you feel ashamed without your permission."
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Mark Partin: Nudity Alone Does Not Make A Nudist

Nudity Alone Does Not Make A Nudist by Mark Partin

I find myself in total agreement with Mark. I’ve seen photos on nudist sites that leave me scratching my head and thinking, “How does this promote nudism in a positive way?” I’ve seen sexually suggestive poses on sites that promote legitimate nudist venues and generally do an outstanding job of promoting nudist values and the the nudist lifestyle. They are obviously puling some of the images from porn sites and in some of the images, I’ve seen porn site logos and URLs. As Mark notes, not everyone naked on a beach or in a pool is a nudist nor are they necessarily representative of the nudist lifestyle.

It’s already hard for us to defend our lifestyle to the non-nudist public when the news media applies the nudist label to every nut-case who happens to be naked when they commit a crime, walk down the street in front of a school, or uses the drive-thru at their local fast food restaurant. No wonder the general public thinks we’re wacko or perverts.

It doesn’t help our cause when we tell people that nudism isn’t about sex then they go to a nudist site we’ve recommended and the first picture they see is of a woman at a swimming pool with her legs spread. The easily confused general public is not only getting a mixed message but the wrong message.

We can’t be assured that every image we post is that of an genuine nudist taken in a genuine nudist setting (I’m not going to attempt to define either of those), we should use discretion, consider our audience, and choose images that represent nudism in a positive light. As nudists, we’ve got to do our own PR and do what we can to bolster the image of nudist and nudism.

Other commentary:
There’s More to a Nudist Than Nudity — All-Nudist
Nudist Photos Are Not From Penthouse — Nothing to Dread
Nudist Lines Of Perspective — Dreadfree

3 comments to Mark Partin: Nudity Alone Does Not Make A Nudist

  • NH

    I have seen the photo in question in regards to the article and it is clear that the body language and the pose are depicting the genitals as the focal point.When the textiled public sees this,they get the impression that it’s all about sex which is the wrong impression to send and this is where the negative perception about nudists comes from.We need to post photos of ourselves online in more natural,relaxed poses which helps to promote the nudist lifestyle as a healthy,natural way to live so people will see naked people in a more positive way.Between inappropriate photos and internal conflict in the nudist community,we as nudists still have a long way to go before the textiled mainstream will give their full acceptance to our chosen lifestyle.

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