Larry Darter’s article Roots of nudist culture reminded me that many of my own ideas about naturism are grounded in the ideals, concepts and philosophies of the Nacktkultur and Freikörperkultur movements of the early 20th century. There was an emphasis on fitness and health that seems to be generally lacking in nudism today.
It seems that in the last 40 or 50 years, the emphasis shifted from health and fitness to body acceptance and nude recreation. There is nothing wrong with body acceptance and nude recreation. There is a need for body acceptance and nudism should be fun. However, body acceptance is a beginning, not an end in itself. Many people mistakenly equate body acceptance with body satisfaction — “I accept my body as it is and I’m okay with it. I don’t need to do anything else.” They accept their body and go no further. We need to accept things as they are but if we can change what is for the better, it behooves us to do so.
I’m not advocating a return to group calisthenics at the crack of dawn or anything like that. Nor am I advocating that nudist strive to achieve some impossible aesthetic ideal of “looking good naked.” I’d like to see more emphasis on health and fitness, promotion of nudism and naturism as a healthy lifestyle and more healthy alternatives offered at nudist venues.
Another year has passed and I don’t really have anything to report since a year ago. I had tentatively planned on attending the Northcoast Naturists hike at Chautauqua Gorge and the Skinny Dip Record attempt at Cedar Trails but things came up. I don’t know if I’m losing interest in social nudism or in traveling to participate. Maybe I’ll get out and be naked more next year. I’m not promising anything.
My posts here have been few and far between, I guess I haven’t had much to say. I’ve commented on some media articles that struck a chord but haven’t really voiced many new thoughts on the subject. I like the AANR/TNS “Sharing your naturism” initiative in their respective publications. I’ve noticed that many nudists and resort owners are ill-equipped to present the ideas and principles of nudism and naturism effectively. I hope they will continue with this program.
My attitudes and philosophies haven’t changed much in the past year. I regard the naked human body as its natural state and not a source of shame or embarrassment. I hold that there should not be laws prohibiting simple, casual nudity. It harms no one. Nudity represents an essential aspect of fundamental human freedom.
In 2014, I suppose I’ll continue to be a home nudist, being nude as much as I can, enjoying my naked time and practicing my yoga nude, at least in the privacy of my home studio. If an opportunity to take part in a nude yoga class presents itself, I’ll do everything I can to be there, even if it means a little traveling.
Am tired of nudist ideology BS I like being naked Don’t need to defend with saying it’s healthy, etc I just like it Let us be free
Miss Nude @MissNude
All of our arguments in support of nudism, naturism and nude recreation are valid and, for the most part, rational. But when it comes down to it, I’m a nudist because I like being naked. Being naked feels good and it’s comfortable. I don’t care about seeing others naked nor do I care about anyone seeing me naked. I enjoy the comfort of not wearing clothes.
I enjoyed some extended naked time today. I had a naked lunch, watched a couple of films on Netflix and did some reading. Why do I enjoy my naked time? I believe that it’s because I simply enjoy the comfort of being nude. Other factors such as the feeling of freedom, the physical and mental health benefits, and a form of rebellion against a repressive and prudish society are secondary. For me, it’s definitely about the comfort I feel when in my natural state.
No one can really explain nudism
Trust me. You can talk until you’re blue in the face, or any other colour you fancy, but it’s just as easy to explain how wonderful it is to walk around nude and carefree as it is to explain how an orange tastes to someone who’s never seen or…
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Nudism/Naturism and the Jennifer Aniston Story by Jillian Page is one of the few articles I’ve seen recently on the topic celebrity nudism that reflects my own thoughts on the subject — what’s the big deal? If an actress or an actor is a nudist, a naturists, or just likes to relax in the buff, so what? Do we really need formal celebrity endorsement of nudism? Does the revelation that a celebrity gets naked normalize our lifestyle in they eyes of the public?
People expect our celebrity gods and goddesses to live on the edge of or even a little outside social norms. We expect them to be a little different. The idea that they actually do mundane, normal stuff that we do is terribly unexciting. We want live vicariously through them while pretending to be outraged by their behavior.
If Jennifer Aniston likes to be naked, I’m okay with that, as long as I am free to be naked too.
I saw in the latest edition of the AANR Bulletin (August 2013) that AANR and TNS have teamed up to develop a “Sharing Your Naturism Program” which will provide nudists and naturists with instructional materials to help them open up about their nudism and share their nudist experiences with non-nudists. This is an idea that has been too long in coming. I brought up the idea back in July 2009 in Presenting Naturism. It’s about time the national organizations got together and began providing information to help their members advocate and promote nudism and naturism. It’s a start. We need to become more articulate and get better at promoting ourselves and our way of life.
The issue is not being naked…it is the perception of that nakedness.
Naked with the Shamans by Freya Watson and Naked. Perfection. Celebration by Carly Mountain both discuss our relationships with out bodies. Our society gives us contradictory messages about how how our bodies should be and how we should feel about them. These messages are at odds with how our relationships with our bodies truly are. What society tells us is often in direct contrast to the reality.
We are taught as soon as we begin to become aware of our bodies that they are shameful and unclean. We are taught that certain parts of our bodies are particularly shameful and disgusting. We are brought up believing that these illusions are the truth when the truth is that in reality, there is nothing shameful or unclean about them.
It is time that we stopped perpetuating the lies of our society and our culture. No part of our bodies are inherently shameful or immoral, no part of the body is inherently unclean, obscene or a source of shame.
We need to change how our society perceives nakedness from the vilifying object of shame and disgust to the wholesome expression of our our natural state.