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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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Coming out of the nudist closet

2009 Nude Year photoNudiarist 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.

7 comments to Coming out of the nudist closet

  • Congratulations on your bravery. I saw the link to your blog from Diary of a Nudist. As I noted on his blog, some of my body parts are out there but not connected to my face. You two make a good point. If everyone posted a nude photo of themselves, the stigma and (maybe) some of the close-mindedness would disappear.

    I’ll link your blog to mine — which includes nudism and other not-so-mainstream lifestyle choices. (Diary has been linked for sometime.)

    pammie

  • Great job! I appreciate the bravery of those who have done this so far, & I promise I’ll do so myself, soon.

  • NH

    Congratulations for being so brave.I think this is fantastic.I also strongly agree that if someone is a nudist,they should post a nude photo of themselves online and let the public see that simple nudity is harmless and help eliminate the negative perception of nudists.When I discovered on the web that there are thousands of people that post themselves nude,there was no way I wasn’t going to do it.I was very,very nervous about doing so that I was shaking.When I calmed down,I posted three full nude photos of myself with a nice smile and one of them is being displayed on the site’s home page at my request so everyone sees me immediately which is exactly what I want.Best of all,I feel proud that I reached my goal.All of me is out there and I’m finally at peace.I’m a nudist and I’m not ashamed.

  • For most, posting one’s nude image online is stepping out of one’s comfort zone. At the time I didn’t feel that I was being brave. I felt it was something I needed to do. Since then my comfort zone has expanded beyond that initial step.

    As I see it, a person’s reaction to another’s nudity (or any other state of dress) is a reflection of his own attitudes and feelings about his own body. It’s a projection of his own fears and insecurities. I can’t control what goes on in the mind of another. I can only control my own thoughts and actions. I can only hope to dispel some of the darkness surrounding nudism.

  • Aussienude

    Giddy Russell , I’m a long way off coming out as a nudist so I admire you being right out three. Well done.

  • Aussienude

    Woops, sorry for the spelling in previous message…..auto correct took over!

  • Much kudos to you! Congratulations on being so bold and brave and having the attitude that you don’t care what people think anymore. It must be very liberating. Keep up the good work.

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