I've been recently thinking about seriously practicing Naturism. According to Wikipedia, Naturism or nudism is a cultural and political movement practicing, advocating and defending social nudity in private and in public. It is also a lifestyle in harmony with nature, expressed through social nudity, and characterised by self-respect of people with different opinions and of the environment.
I've been contemplating this for some time now, and I would really like to have this kind of experience because 1, I like being naked. 2, I'm not embarrassed by my body image- that's not what is important as much as the spirit and mind is to me. 3, I believe that I would feel more in touch with nature surrounding me. I would feel as though people would be able to see me for me, past the clothes, past the skin color, and past any deformities of my body. People could see me for me. We were born naked, not clothed.
Although others may not agree with me or my decision, this is something I would have to experience for myself regardless of who comes with me or will still accept me. I'm not changing the way I am, only the lifestyle. The difference is clothing.
Naturism can sometimes contain aspects of eroticism, although the debate about this is often simplified and seen negatively in the media and the public mind and by many modern naturists and naturist organisations. Historically the experience and discussion of erotic feelings during naturist activities such as dance and gymnastics played an important part in early Germanic naturism and formed part of its 'positive' connection with nature. However, it was when naturism arrived in the more sexually conservative cultures of the UK and the United States that the expression and discussion of eroticism within naturism became frowned upon.
This is not the case with me. Being naked makes me feel free from societies expectations, I feel more in control of my body and my life. My decisions do not reflect the way I feel about sex, although I cannot lie, I like sex a lot. But becoming a Naturist has nothing to do with any sexual acts for me.
Some may say that practicing nudism/naturism can be beneficiary. A United States study by Alfred Kinsey found that 75% of the participants stated that there was never nudity in the home when they were growing up, 5% of the participants said that there was "seldom" nudity in the home, 3% said "often", and 17% said that it was "usual". The study found that there was no significant difference between what was reported by men and by women with respect to frequency of nudity in the home.
In a 1995 review of the literature, Paul Okami concluded that there was no reliable evidence linking exposure to parental nudity to any negative effect. Three years later, his team finished an 18-year longitudinal study that showed that, if anything, such exposure was associated with slight beneficial effects, particularly for boys.
— bathing in the sun, fresh air and water (balneotherapy, thalassotherapy, heliotherapy).
— moderation with alcohol, meat, tobacco, drugs; seeking out health foods and adopting healthy eating to prevent obesity. This can extend to teetotalism and Vegetarian or Vegan eating habits. The latter two also interface with having respect for the environment.
Agriculture — avoiding unnecessary fertilizers and genetically modified organisms. Against factory farming
Medicine — should be natural if not entirely homeopathic
— as a way of effecting personal changes
Rapport with other humans — equality and respect. An anti-war, pro-world government stance
— children should be respected as equals instead of being patronised
— man is no more than an animal, and nudity has a place in religion.
Dress — nudism, as clothes are unnecessary, unhealthy and build social barriers.
— to develop a healthy body.
— should be to develop individual talents, not as a means of financial exploitation
— to understand other peoples' culture, concentrating on camping to remain close to the earth.
— no one has the right to tell others or their children that they must wear clothes.
— less clothing to manufacture and maintain means lower carbon footprint.
Individuals have formed nudist groups for a variety of specific purposes. It is generally agreed by naturist organisations that eroticismand blatant sexuality have no place in naturism and are, in fact, antithetical to its ideals.
Ecological or environmental — rapport with the natural world.
Many people say that being nude in groups makes them feel more accepted for their entire being — physical, intellectual and emotional. They say that they tend to be more accepted, in spite of differences in age, body shape, fitness, and health. Without clothing, one's social rank is generally obscured. They report feeling more united with humanity, with less regard to a person's wealth, position, nationality, race, and sex.
Please tell me what you really think.