Nudiarist has publicly come out as a naturist by posting a recognizable nude photo of himself on his blog and he’s received several favorable comments. I’m surprised his posting about it on the Clothesfree forums hasn’t generated any response other than what I posted.
In my A Crazy Idea post on 21 September 2007, I talked about how if everyone posted a nude picture of themselves on the Internet, it wouldn’t be a big deal anymore and the stigma was go away because it was so commonplace. In that post I put a link to a nude photo of myself. To date, I haven’t received a single comment on it although The Academic Naturist alluded to it in his Naked on the Net post of 17 November 2008. At the time I felt I was taking a step out of the naturist closet but perhaps I was only opening the closet door a bit. I was still hidden behind the link. But still, it was a first step.
I have been pondering a paradox in nudism. On one hand, we want greater public acceptance of our chosen lifestyle. We’d like to see more public lands opened up to nude recreation and more nude beaches. We want to see nudism and naturism promoted as a healthy and wholesome lifestyle and educate that public that we’re not a bunch of hedonists and swingers. Yet, on the other hand, I don’t see how we can actively promote nudism and naturism and change public perception unless we come out of the nudist closet and make ourselves known. It’s all well and good that we can talk about the joys and benefits of clothes-free living amongst ourselves but that message has to get out to the non-nudist world and we need to be willing to talk about it rationally.
Granted, there are those who can’t come out just yet because they are in sensitive positions or in certain professions where coming out would be quite damaging to their professional and, possibly, personal lives. Then it’s up to nudists who can come out to do so and speak for those who must remain anonymous. We have to come out and promote nudism in a positive way, remove those misconceptions and the undeserved stigma so that nudists who are teachers, public officials, and in other positions where public knowledge of their lifestyle is now so dangerous, can openly tell the world they are nudists and good people.
I am a naturist and a good person who enjoys the psychological, physiological, and spiritual benefits of being clothes-free.