Although I often use the terms naturist and nudist interchangeably, I call myself as a naturist, a nudist motivated by the ideals of traditional naturism, particularly the ideals of body acceptance, respect for oneself and others, and health and fitness. I see naturism as an integral part of a holistic approach to life encompassing acceptance of and respect for the body, mind, and spirit. Nudity, both solitary and communal, is an essential and preferred, though not absolutely required, part of my naturist lifestyle. Even if I’m clothed, I’m still a naturist because I apply my naturist ideals and attitudes to my everyday life.
- “… is a way of life in harmony with nature, characterized by the practice of communal nudity, with the intention of encouraging respect for oneself, respect for others and for the environment.” — International Naturist Federation
- “… is the practice of complete nudity in a social setting. Though nudity is the most obvious aspect of naturism, it is part of a much wider context.
“The purpose of naturism is to promote wholesomeness and stability of the human body, mind, and spirit. These come most easily to those who shed the psychological and social encumbrance of clothing, to see and respect the human body as created.
“Naturism also promotes optimal health through complete contact of the body with the natural elements. It is practiced as much as possible in environments free of the pollution and stress of modern society. It is therefore associated with an enlightened, holistic approach to nutrition, physical activity, mental health, and social interaction.” — Federation of Canadian Naturists
- “… is a philosophy of life. It’s a way of thinking, acting, and looking at the rest of the world. We are fostering respect for self, for others, and for the environment. Complete nudity is fundamental to those values.” — Stéphane Deschênes
As a naturist, I
- accept my body for what it is and strive to attain and maintain its health and fitness. Body acceptance is a beginning, not an end in itself.
- accept others for who they are, regardless of body type, condition, gender, physical appearance, or other attributes.
- respect myself, others, and the environment.
- believe that the practice of nudism and naturism is beneficial to one’s physical, mental and spiritual health.
- take the position the intent, focus, and practice of nudism and naturism is not sexual or exploitive.
- take the position that nudism and naturism promote positive moral, ethical and family values.
- believe that nudity is wholesome, natural and healthy for everyone regardless of age, physical conditon or social standing.
- reject the notion that nudity is immoral, shameful, immodest, or offensive. These terms are best applied to one’s behavior, not to what one is or is not wearing.
- believe that simply being nude should not have adverse social, legal, or career consequences.
- advocate practicing nudism and naturism in a respectful, conscientious, and responsible manner when and where it should be appropriate or practical.
- recommend and promote nudism and naturism as healthy and wholesome lifestyle and recreational choices for individuals, couples and families.
- believe that nudism and naturism are powerful expressions of personal and individual freedom and liberty, the most sacred of American ideals.
- find being nude to be very relaxing, liberating, and comfortable.
- have learned that playing naked is good, clean, wholesome fun.
From British Naturism:
Naturists believe that nudity is an enjoyable, natural and moral state which brings benefits to themselves and to society at large.
- Decency and shame
- The human body in all of its diversity is an object of intrinsic beauty of which the owner should be proud.
- Simple nudity is not indecent, shameful or immoral.
- Bringing up children to respect their own and others’ bodies improves their well-being and fosters more responsible sexual behaviour as they grow up.
- Children have a right to know what humans really look like.
- Social division and respect
- Naturism engenders self-respect and respect for others regardless of shape, age, gender, size, colour, or disability.
- People should be accepted for who they are and not for what they wear.
- Communal nudity discourages social barriers but clothing accentuates social differences.
- Clothing can provide needed protection but often it is unnecessary and it can be harmful.
- Naturism transcends fashion.
- In a tolerant society what to wear is a matter of personal choice.
- Governments should promote toleration and not impose unnecessary restrictions on freedom.
- Environment, nature, and quality of life
- Naturism encourages respect for, and harmony with, the environment.
- Naturism can add to the quality of life through the enjoyment of simplicity.
- Naturism can reduce impact on the environment.