This morning, while perusing my Twitter feed, I happened upon a link to Why I Don’t Agree With Many Naturist Groups by Lim, a Taiwanese naturist whose blog I referenced previously in Nude Hiking in the Alps. While on his site, I perused many other articles he’s posted. One of the things he’s adamant about is the idea that the human body is natural and decent and that naturists should not treat being photographed in a naturist setting as if practicing naturism was a shameful act.
I can’t go to a place that forbids the camera and I really have no time for closet nudists who treat nudity as if it were a forbidden fruit that should be tasted in secret and anonymity. If we are serious about promoting naturism, we must treat nudity as normal and natural and taking photos and posting them should be encouraged. (My Life as a Naturist: Nude Hiking in the Alps – An Overview)
I have said many times before that I don’t go to a naturist place that bans the camera. Nudity is not a crime and any so-called naturist place that bans the camera is not being consistent with naturist philosophy that nudity is natural and decent. I can understand the camera being banned in a mafia gathering but why on earth would anyone ban the camera in a naturist place? (My Life as a Naturist: Why I Don’t Agree With Many Naturist Groups)
Because naturists should treat their nude pics no differently from their clothed ones and if they have no qualms about freely posting photos of themselves and their friends with clothes on, they should do the same when nude. If they can’t do that, it’s a lie to say nudity is natural and decent. For such people, being nude can’t be as decent as being clothed. (My Life as a Naturist: Why I Don’t Agree With Many Naturist Groups)
Lim feels that if, as naturists, we really believe that our bodies are natural and decent, we should be free to pictorially document our clothes-free activities (swimming, hiking, sports, relaxing, etc.) just as we are when we participate in these activities while clothed.
I tend to agree. I’ve always considered naturism to be an expression of personal freedom yet, at most nudist venues, I’m not free to take a selfie against a picturesque background. I probably won’t even be allowed to have my mobile phone with me.
One of my greatest frustrations as a naturist has been the difficulties I face in documenting my naturist experiences and activities. More nudist venues need to adopt some sort of consent policy in regards to photography on their premises rather than banning any technology that may be capable of taking a photograph. With the advancements in technology and cameras becoming even smaller and more inconspicuous, such bans will soon become impossible to enforce. We need to be more trusting and respectful toward our fellow nudists and naturists.
Perhaps our obsession with preserving our personal space and our privacy is a defense against the encroachment of our surveillance culture which has eroded our trust in one another. I get that and that’s why consent is so important. If we give our consent, our privacy is not invaded. Likewise, if we decline consent and our wishes are respected, there is no invasion. It’s about trust, respect, and being an ethical naturist.
- Nude Hiking in the Alps ~ Lim, My Life as a Naturist
- Why I Don’t Agree With Many Naturist Groups ~ Lim, My Life as a Naturist
- The Decency of Nudity – What It Means ~ Lim, My Life as a Naturist
- A Revelation About Nudists ~ Lim, My Life as a Naturist
- Nudist Pictures and Naturist Club Photography Policies: Is It Time To Change? ~ Felicity Jones, Young Naturists America
- Photography At Nudist Resorts Part Deux ~ Felicity Jones, Young Naturists America
- Nude Hiking in the Alps ~ Rick, MojoNude