Why Don’t We Live in a Perfect (Nude) World?

Confession time: I would live naked 24/7, if I could, and I suspect I am not alone in this regard. I hate clothes. They block the sunshine, the air, and most of your body from the sense of touch. They are grating, hot, and sometimes they itch, not to mention expensive and a lot of work to maintain. How much time is wasted washing, drying and folding underwear? How much water, for that matter? I believe there are many thousands, possibly millions of people, who would go without clothing if given the chance.

Cold weather and sunburn aside, clothing doesn’t seem to serve much purpose. Some people argue that it is necessary for adornment, to make us stand out, but jewelry, body paint, piercings, and tattoos can also be used to accentuate the body and express one’s individuality. If anything, a society free of body taboos allows for greater fashion possibilities. Imagine an outfit from the future, made without the restrictions imposed by shame? As for me, the unclad body is infinitely more beautiful. Evolution has been designing us for millions of years. Through a process of sexual selection, we have been deciding the qualities we find most appealing in men and women.

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Nudism allows for more fashion, not less. Here, Rihanna attends the 2014 CFDA fashion awards in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

Conservatives insist clothing keeps us from engaging in wanton sex, but any nudist will tell you that an orgy has never “broken out” at a clothing-optional resort, and in fact, becoming accustomed to bare skin helps us to control unwanted urges. In Muslim countries, women are often blamed for rape, the assumption being that men cannot resist revealing attire. While sexual violence is never excusable, accusing the victim is always more prevalent in societies with stricter dress codes. Liberal minded individuals, on the other hand, contend that clothing is simply our natural state of being, that we are animals with removable layers.

Ages ago, we lost our fur (we’re actually in the process of losing it still) to shed body heat quickly, which helped our ancestors chase down prey over long stretches of land. Even today, a marathon runner can outlast a horse in a long distance race. Clothing appears to have been a byproduct of losing our fur. But the parts of the body we choose to hide is largely dependent on climate, which, in turn, impacts local culture. Compare the burqa worn by Afghan women to the nakedness customary to the Bororo people. The Sahara is dry and hot and saps needed moisture from the body. Covering the head and mouth is necessary for survival in the desert. After a time, this survival technique became culturally conditioned, and as Islam spread throughout the world, so did the practice of covering the head. Conversely, the Amazon rain forest, where the Bororo live, is humid and warm, ideal conditions for nakedness.

But our lives are no longer dictated by climate, at least to the extent it once was. Throughout the world, most people rely on some form of air conditioning, so that, even in a country not ideally suited to nudity, clothing need not be worn. In Munich, Germany, there are public parks with “urban naked zones,” even though, for much of the year, the cold makes it impractical; while in Scandinavia, getting into the sauna wearing anything but a smile is greatly frowned upon. Cap ‘d’agde, France, is perhaps the freest city on Earth, as tourists can literally go anywhere, from the bank to the grocery store, in nothing but their birthday suits. But if this were a perfect world, we would not have to travel halfway across the world to enjoy such simple pleasures. We could all choose to visit a park, the beach, or even the mall as God intended. So why don’t we live in such a world? More to the point, why does the thought of public nudity strike most people with dread?

There are numerous factors to consider, of course, like religion and the media. But in a world that has largely come to accept homosexuality, religion does not hold the sway it once did. Even the fashion industry, which profits from making women feel unattractive, is losing its influence. Beauty pageants are becoming a thing of the past, a product of a more sexist age, and far fewer women are wearing makeup than decades ago. But while athletes, actresses and singers pose nude without scandal, they are having little effect on the nakedness taboo, at least when it comes to the general public. Part of the reason is the photographer’s lens, which is a form of cover in itself. The artistry of movies and magazines, much like in the Renaissance, allows for cultural exceptions. Despite our increasingly secular and liberal society, public nudity continues to shock. It’s not simply a matter of popularity. It’s not as if skin isn’t trending. For 99% of people, stepping naked beyond your front door is like jumping from a plane without a parachute. But why?

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It’s OK to be nude in a magazine, if you look like this and you’re famous.

Sure, we have nude beaches and resorts, but those who frequent them represent a tiny minority. Where are the nude cities? The nude countries? Nudists have always been outliers, challengers to the status-quo. We argue over 2% of skin, from coin-sized nipples to square inch pubic regions, which seems silly if you think about it. There is hardly any difference between a bikini and total nakedness, yet everyday beach goers never think to cross that line. It is not as if they hold some deep seated beliefs about modesty. We all do what society expects of us, just as Muslim women rarely consider the moral implications of the hijab. The freedoms we enjoy in America, from not having to wear the swimsuits of the 1900’s, is a thing we take for granted. Proper attire has everything to do with time and place. A woman in a miniskirt might get called a whore, but a grandmother in a one piece, by virtue of being on a beach, is deemed more modest. Once, it was taboo to go to certain venues without slacks and a dress jacket, like to church or a fancy restaurant, and we are likely to be shocked if the president addresses the nation in only a tank top.

In most situations, nakedness elicits a sense of shame, and shame can be a powerful emotion, one that overrides our reason. Sometimes, it can even be destructive. Sexual predators use shame to hide their actions. It is a tool used also by racists and bigots. For how long have LGBT people lived in fear of public humiliation and ridicule? Peer pressure is another form of shaming. The desire to “fit in” can be so powerful, teenagers will ignore their better judgment to engage in destructive behaviors, like drinking, smoking, using drugs and having unprotected sex. But the question remains, why does shame have such a powerful impact? The need for acceptance is as primal as that for food and water. Again, the question is why?

Like most of human nature, the answer can be traced to evolution. If the Discovery show, Naked and Afraid XL, has taught me anything, it’s that primitive survival is hard. We are a social species, relying on one another for our basic needs. The romantic notion of Adam and Eve, living alone in the wilderness, is just that, a notion. While real-world examples of Tarzan, Mowgli and Robinson Crusoe have been recorded, they are always the exception, never the rule. Our earliest ancestors lived in communal groups, divvying tasks to each member of the group. While a small band of young men went hunting, those who stayed behind had to raise the young, stoke the fires, maintain the shelters, find and maintain clean sources of water, and gather fruits, nuts and vegetables. Every one of these jobs was essential to survival, and no one person could be expected to perform them all. Even the best, modern day survivalists depend on modern equipment, medicine, emergency paramedics, and a home to return to, if all goes bad. This is why we have such a strong need to “fit in”—because, in prehistoric times, not fitting in could very well mean a death sentence. Shame, then, is a gauge to help us determine how best to fit in, to better align ourselves with our communities. People with no sense of shame were likely to become outcasts, who did not survive to pass on their genes. Maybe this is where we get the phrase, “I’d die of embarrassment,” because, historically speaking, “dying from embarrassment” was a legitimate concern.

Today, we no longer worry about survival like we once did. If we are socially ostracized, we have the option to move to another community. Nobody is likely to “die of embarrassment” anymore. But shame continues to be a part of us, just like our spleens. This is why we can never live in a perfect, free world. Even the staunchest of nudists are prone to this gene. Free body articles (like this one) pop up almost on a daily basis, but I can count on one hand the number of bloggers willing to offer their real names, or to post nude selfies. Those of us who long for a nude world continue to hide in anonymity, never telling our coworkers, friends or families what we believe. Though we can never hope to get rid of shame entirely, we can change the things we consider shameful. Just like in the Amazon, Celtic Europe and Ancient Greece, nudism can become our tradition, so that when someone in the future goes to a beach, the only exposure they’ll have to worry about is exposure to the sun.

I once dated a girl who had never visited a nudist venue. Before meeting me, going nude in front of anything but her bathroom mirror was unthinkable. But she liked me a lot, and was willing to join me in an outing to Paradise Lakes. To make her feel at ease, I stressed that she didn’t have to go au natural if she didn’t feel like it, since the resort was clothing optional. But after an hour of lounging by the pool, she started to feel out of place. She was in a different community, where everyone was naked. I kept telling her, “It’s OK, don’t worry about it,” but eventually, out of a sense of shame, she got rid of her bathing suit.

 

54 thoughts on “Why Don’t We Live in a Perfect (Nude) World?

  1. This story is so impactful to me! it’s negative influences that create the body shame. All of this is true. I live where one may be naked some six to eight months of the year. We should make the world nude-friendly. If I could I would also be naked all the time. Of the things one should be ashamed of, the human body is not one of them. Modesty isn’t about the clothes. I, too, feel free and happier when nude. We were born naked yet how can being naked be rude and even obscene? How can atrocities like war and violence be accepted more than naked bodies? Public nudity should definitely be allowed. I love a quote by Dick Hein, “Someday people will grow up and realize that the only thing vile about human bodies is the small minds some people have developed within them.” How can humanity find its own species offensive and something to have to shame and hide? Naked bodies hurt no one. Everyone really should be free to be nude. Being naked is a human right and it should never be taken away from anyone!

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  2. What I find when being in naked spaces are that people quickly lose the false believe that other people’s bodies are “perfect” (whatever that means). If people were serious about breaking through the body image myths (e.g. all other women have flat stomachs and pirky breasts while all men have large cocks even when flaccid) we would allow public nudity. The fact that we don’t allow and encourage public nudity makes me wonder whether we are serious about addressing these issues.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Victor! I agree. It’s a shame that most people never really learn what “real” human beings look like. Sure, you can look at a nudist site, but they can be misleading. Sadly, you are more likely to see porn when you type “nudism” into a search engine, with a focus on young girls. Unless you visit a true nudist venue, it’s nearly impossible to know what “normal” looks like. And the worst part is, by censoring the human body, society has fetishized it, creating the very sex crazed world we pretend to deny.

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  3. While I agree in theory, I could never be a nudist. Clothing also acts a sort of defensive armor. Not just against the sun and bugs, but against poor self image and those who would take advantage of someone who is nude. Being nude for me is a vulnerability.
    No clothing cannot stop someone who is determined from raping you, but it can buy you some time to get to help or for help to arrive. It is hard to rape a vagina covered in layers of cloth. For those of us who feel awkward and unsure of ourselves, clothing can provide a sense of confidence. When I go out in public, especially in certain situations, I “dress for war”. I pick what I wear carefully, looking for clothing choices that make me feel strong and powerful. My clothing becomes my shield.
    When you add in how sexual society is, both sexually free and sexually repressed depending on the area, nudity becomes synonymous with sex. Except in nudist communities, a nude body is usually only seen in sexual situations. I do love your point about fitting in though. I despise being nude unless I am alone or with a sexual partner and yet when he took me to a club where clothing was the exception, I ended up nude too. I never lost my sense of wanting to hide my body, my sense of vulnerability, or the feeling I was being judged. I did however feel out of place wearing clothing. Nudity was expected so I conformed.
    The big issue in truth is conformity. We are forced to conform to what others expect. In a so called clothing optional environment, you feel pressured to be nude. In a clothing necessary environment, you feel pressured to wear clothing. Peer pressure is alive and kicking even as adults and that peer pressure is the problem. Whichever side of the coin you find yourself on, you will be shamed.

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    1. I’m not so sure that it’s the comformaty to wear clothes that’s the issue more to look a certain way while wearing them which normally has more todo with clothing size than style.

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  4. Thanks for stopping by, Tiffany. I think you brought up many good points. The problem is not clothing per se, but the culture of shame we live in. For me, the true goal of nudism should be to rid ourselves of body shame, and pressuring people to conform. Nudist resorts, as you pointed out, are not ideal places. I sometimes feel they do more harm than good. In an ideal world, people could simply choose how they wanted to dress (if at all). Choosing nudity would differ no more than wearing shorts instead of pants. As for low self esteem, I know of many people, including myself, who have found a great deal of confidence in nudism. I read somewhere that 90% of women hate their bodies, and I believe this is a sad and unnatural symptom of our shame society. When the only bodies you see on TV belong to supermodels and athletes, less than 1% of the population, how can you ever like yourself? Regarding sex and rape, I actually feel the exact opposite way. The naked taboo turns the body into an object of lust. In Arab countries, there is a lot of rape that goes unreported and unpunished, even when the women are covered from head to toe. In a nudist society, the body is de-sexualized, so that women are seen as individuals. Now, this is not to say rape cannot happen in a nudist society. Your armor may be clothing, but mine is nudism. The difference is that your armor can be taken away, forcibly if necessary. Nudism robs rapists of their greatest weapon: shame. In my piece, “Least Likely to Become a Nudist,” a talk about a male relative who used to molest me as a child. He used shame as a weapon, in the shower, where I felt most vulnerable. Had I been a nudist at the time, I could have run from him, called for help, or told a family member. I couldn’t because I was too ashamed.

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  5. The world textile industry sells hundreds of billions of dollars worth of clothing every year. In the US alone there are about 100,000 clothing retailers that reap about $150 billion in revenue annually. E.g., what would Walmart do if nudity became the social standard for America? The clothing retailers thus have a vested interest in maintaining the illusion that nudity is offensive, ugly or EEE-vill.

    They might not agree with this, but the pornographers, the entertainment industry and the hyperreligious all equate nudity with sex.

    • The porn peddlers invariably depict naked people engaging in endless, extreme sexual activity. It’s what they do. Their livelihood depends on the perception that all nudity is brazenly sexual, and their MO is to maintain and enhance that image.

    • When the film industry shows nudity on screen, with very few exceptions it has a strongly sexual connotation. It’s often done for no other reason than that gratuitous nakedness gets the ‘R’ rating that increases box office take. Innocent, wholesome nudity on the big screen has no ticket-sales value.

    • The “God created evil when he made the human body” churchians are obsessed with controlling their adherents. To them, a nude body is from the bowels of hell. If they had their way, babies would be born wearing diapers and everyone would bathe wearing three layers of underwear and rubber gloves.

    Obviously there is no direct link between them and the clothing industry. However, the textile retailers exploit the perverse misconception that a nude human body and sexuality are inseparable. Until that grotesque notion is given a proper burial, the ideal of universal public nudity will remain a fantasy.

    BTW, the best argument against nudity being sexual is the sight of a naked 73-year-old coot like me. 🙂

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    1. What can I say? I agree with everything you’ve said 100%. But I think I am a little more optimistic about the future. Thanks to a little thing called the Internet, new ways of thinking about nudity are getting out there like never before! Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. You don’t need to wear underwear. I don’t wear underwear because i’ll get overheated. I’m a eunuch and get hot flashes especially when it’s warmer and if i’m overdressed. My comfortable temperature range is much cooler than a normal human. Almost everyone at work is wearing a sweater and I usually don’t. I had to buy lighter clothes so I won’t get hot. I just got fixed this May and my temperature range started changing a few months later & hot flashes started. I’m not looking forward to next June! Getting fixed takes the urge to be naked all the time away. I still like being naked when I can but I have no interest in going naked when it’s too cold. Being naked for me is no different than an animal or someone who’s naked so long that they stop thinking about it. It was kind of a bummer at first because there’s absolutely no rush or thrill when I get undressed. Anything related to pleasure has been wiped out. I had no idea but it’s actually quite nice living with zero libido. It’s like going to a higher species like from a pig to a human. Also I have no more interest in pig things anymore like self-harm (piercings) and I feel sorry (i can’t really dwell on negative thoughts like feeling sorry for someone) for the people who are still in the manure pile and poisoned with libido spectrum.
    Also the entire anger / aggression spectrum has been mostly wiped out!!!
    AFTER having kids a man should consider doing it–the average eunuch lives 14-19 years longer although I don’t want to give myself bad luck by bragging.

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    1. Well, this is an interesting perspective you bring to the table. As a lifelong nudist myself (30 years now), I only felt “the urge” to be nude the first few weeks. Little by little, I weened myself from the thrill of exhibitionism and the arousal aspect, until being naked was as normal as wearing clothes. Libido really shouldn’t enter the picture. True nudists do not dwell on nakedness. I’ve spent days at clothing-optional resorts, without wearing a stitch, forgetting I was naked. When it came time to go home, the feel of fabric on my skin felt like something foreign. In many ways, nudism is a form of “mental castration,” in that we divorce ourselves from the impulse to have sex when we see a naked body. The desire is still there (we’re not robots) but we are in control of it. It’s a lot like hunger. You don’t go scarfing down the first sandwich you come across. I think, in this way, we are better able to see people (men and women) for who they are, not what they are.

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  7. In many cases, naturists cannot live in a perfect (nude) world because we are adversely affected by laws. Usually, these laws are aimed at issues such as “indecent exposure”, but are so poorly and loosely worded that simple, non-sexual nudity is criminalized, as well. However, some laws specifically target naturism. The best example I know of is Arkansas law 5-68-204. It defines nudism as “persons congregating or gathering with… private parts exposed in the presence of one or more persons of the opposite sex as a form of social practice” and makes it a crime to “advocate, demonstrate, or promote nudism.” Mind you, this does not just apply in public; it is also a crime “to rent, lease, or otherwise permit… land, premises, or buildings to be used for the purpose of… nudism.” Just to be clear here… It is a crime in Arkansas to “advocate” (i.e. express a favorable opinion about) nudism on your own property!

    To make it a crime to “advocate” nudism (or anything else for that matter) clearly violates the First Amendment right to free speech. That problem may be unique to Arkansas, but what this law has in common with so many others is that it infringes on another First Amendment right… the right of the people peaceably to assemble. My point being that EVERY law that inhibits naturists is unconstitutional on the basis that it violates the First Amendment right to peaceably assemble.

    For full details regarding Arkansas law 5-68-204, please visit UnconstitutionalArkansas.org.

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  8. Thanks for stopping by! I would have thought Arkansas to be a bit more liberal than that, to be honest. I imagine these are outdated laws that still exist “on the books” but that aren’t really enforced, just like our nation’s sodomy and oral sex laws.

    But yes, it is not only unconstitutional to prohibit speech about nudism, but anti-nudity laws themselves are unconstitutional. There is no legal precedent for banning offensive material in this country, or for protecting the public from things that may offend them, except when it comes to nudity. We are legally permitted to fly Confederate flags, wear swastikas, and insult our political leaders. The Westboro Church can protest funerals with signs that read, “God Hates Fags,” and the police can do nothing, but should I show up naked to that same funeral, I’d get arrested. So what is the message here? Hate speech should be protected but the human body should not? It has been argued that “nudity is not speech,” — but if this is the case, why can the government not tell us how to dress? These are personal decisions, based entirely on personal values. Offense is entirely subjective, and differs from person to person. It is not the role of government to decide on personal values, or to impinge on personal freedoms, nor is it the role of government to impose cultural taboos. Laws against nudity fall into the same category as Jim Crow, sodomy, and anti-gay laws. They are rooted not in secularism, but outdated religious/Puritan traditions that have no place in a modern society.

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  9. When I first learned of Arkansas law 5-68-204, I assumed it was a relic from the 19th century. My research, however, revealed it was actually passed in 1957. That was the same year the governor used the National Guard in an attempt to prevent racial integration in the school system. In my opinion, this is evidence that anti-nudism laws are born from the same intolerant mentality.

    As for the law not being enforced, I am not aware of any arrests or convictions. However, the law still has a clear, adverse effect on Arkansas naturists… There are ZERO naturist resorts, B&Bs, etc. (Not surprising, considering an entrepreneur would self-incriminate just by applying for a business license.) So to enjoy the simple relaxation of social naturism, an Arkansan must travel out-of-state. For those who live near the center of the state, that means a commute of five hours or more, which makes it impractical except for holiday weekends.

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    1. If I lived in that state, I’d probably move. It’s really too bad there isn’t a stronger lobby for nudism in Washington (there is the AANR, but they seem to have very little power). Just imagine the outrage if the government banned the promotion of guns! It’s even more insane when you consider the harm guns, alcohol and smoking has, all of which are legal, while nudity doesn’t harm anybody in any way. It makes me think we truly live in an insane/backwards world. This also highlights one of the fundamental problems with democracy: the tyranny of the majority. If a majority votes to take freedoms away from a minority, the minority has very little recourse.

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      1. Why is it that all the nudists but me hates guns? As far as I remember every school shooting in US history was done by someone who was on PHARMACEUTICAL drugs. The elite funded news will NEVER say that because:

        “All political power comes from the barrel of a gun. The communist party must command all the guns; that way, no guns can ever be used to command the party.” — Mao Tse Tung

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      2. Maybe we dislike guns because we have nowhere to put them? OK, sorry, bad joke! I guess I dislike guns for very simple reasons: I do not like what they do. Guns are designed to kill people efficiently. A perfect world would be one where there is no need for a gun. Now, Sam Harris has recently come out in favor of guns, arguing that it “levels the playing field.” In the past, the physically strong dominated. Now, weaker people have a fighting chance. While that may be true, I still feel that the gun is the antidote to an unnecessary evil. It is not a means to an end, and in some cases perpetuates and exacerbates violence. Your political comment is interesting, but to believe that a gun keeps us from tyranny is very dangerous thinking. Rest assured, if our government turns on us, you and your guns will stand no chance. The only way to insure that we do not become Communist Russia or Nazi Germany is to remain politically involved, use the vote, and hold our elected officials accountable. It was the people who gave Hitler power. If we get to the point where we need guns to protect our freedoms, it’s already too late. Remember, the government is not some outside entity bearing down on us; they are US! It’s government “BY THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE.”

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  10. Oh, it might have something to do with….sunburn, cold, use of fire during cooking, wanting something between a knife and private parts while cooking or working in the workshop, discomfort from sitting in hard surfaces, working in machine shops, exposure to various chemicals, and the like. Then you’ve got the necessity of dealing with other people in this world.

    Seriously, if you have the opportunity to live like this, more power to you, but ever since Adam and Eve left the Garden of Eden, some level of clothing has been necessary , or at least advisable, for most people to do their daily work.

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    1. Ah, my first comignorant comment! This is cut and pasted from the second paragraph, “Cold weather and sunburn aside, clothing doesn’t seem to serve much purpose.” If you would have read a little further on, you would have also learned about people like the Bororo, who have never developed the body taboos we have in our societies. And that is the issue here. I am not arguing the practicalities of clothing, but the need for a nakedness taboo, and why that taboo is so hard to change. Obviously, a construction worker needs to wear a hard hat on site, but it is not taboo for him to take it off at home. Now, you mentioned Adam and Eve, but I do not know how Hebrew mythology measures into this. It’s likely that much of our body shame originates from Abrahamic traditions, being desert traditions (I talk about how climate affects culture also). Next time, please read the article before typing!!!

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      1. I read your post, and I’m simply contesting your basic premiss, that it’s about taboos. Clothes are simply safer and more comfortable for most activities most anywhere in the world, and anyone with 50 years worth of National Geographic on bookshelves (like myself) can tell you that most tropical tribes, even before western contact, did not go completely nude, but rather wore some clothing to protect sensitive areas. Including, ahem, the Bororo.

        And if there were never any orgies at naturist resorts, they wouldn’t have background checks, “couples only” rules, and the like to prevent a family resort from becoming a swingers’ resort. Come on, let’s deal with reality here.

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    2. Really? Many of us work in offices where the dangers you mention are not present. What am I going to sunburn my gut with the photocopier?

      More over the article actually stated there is a need for protective clothing, including protection from cold, however it’s not always cold and we’re not always working.

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  11. Well, again, what you are saying does not make any sense. If we wear clothing solely for the purposes of safety and comfort, why do we continue to wear them when they are impractical? Of what use is a bathing suit, for instance? It is far more comfortable to swim nude and more hygienic. Furthermore, of what use is any clothing on a really hot day? I live in Florida, where temperatures can easily reach above 100 degrees F. Why am I not allowed to take off my clothes in the park, when that would be the practical thing to do? While I agree that clothing was likely developed for practical reasons (I brought this up in my post) modern technology has greatly diminished the need for it. Again, I would ask, why wear clothes in an air conditioned home?

    As for your nudist resort/orgy comment, I have been going to resorts for the past 15 years. I have never once seen or heard of an orgy breaking out, nor have I ever met a fellow nudist to say that they have. This doesn’t mean orgies don’t happen, I am sure they do, but they do not break out spontaneously. People who engage in orgies do so because that is what they are seeking to do. Usually, orgies are planned and organized.

    The reason resorts have background checks, I think, should be obvious. Nudists do not equate nudity with sex, but resort owners still have to determine who the genuine nudists are. Anyone can drive up to the gate and claim to be a nudist. Usually, when I visit a resort, the gatekeepers want to know whether I have been to other resorts before, or whether I am affiliated with any organizations like AANR, TNS or YNA. This helps to curb gawkers and men looking to solicit sex. Another common practice involves touring the grounds. Once people see what the resorts are really about, the people looking for the wrong things leave.

    While it is true that some resorts turn into swinger hangouts, this has nothing to do with nudism. Nudists come from all walks of life. We have Christians, hippies, doctors and everything in-between. Swingers choose to become swingers because of sex, usually before ever stepping foot in a nudist venue, and many resort owners find the swinging scene more lucrative. Honestly, I can think of few things less arousing than a sea of naked bodies, from saggy senior citizens to naked toddlers. If you’ve never experienced this, I highly recommend it. It is both a liberating and enlightening experience. Most importantly, you learn to see human beings as human beings, not as things to be lusted after.

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  12. Would be great if I didn’t have to gather clothes for even the shortest trip outside. I’d like to think that one day I may be able to. For now I participate in local clubs and resorts as often as I can, and seek out (and create) clothing optional events in the public domain. I don’t know for sure if they further the goals of naturism, but the world naked bike ride is one I plan to join again. And I was a part of Hamiltons inaugural naked pumpkin run. My hope is any event with the clothed public that doesn’t spiral into pandemonium only adds to the evidence that not only is the naked human not harmful to look at, but society is likely much more ready for this change than many people know or will admit 🙂

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Matthew. I agree. There are some days when the weather is so nice, I just wish I could stroll around the neighborhood as “God intended.” For whatever reason, I feel so much closer to nature when I am au natural. It’s a wonderful, spiritual feeling, but people would just think me a pervert. In 10-30 years, however, I think the body taboo is going to go away. Women can go topless in some cities already, and in California, a law banning public nudity passed by only one vote! Nakedness is the last irrational taboo we have. Like all other irrational taboos, it cannot last.

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  13. “Out of a sense of “shame”, rather than simply relaxing?” I must admit. Hopefully many others, above , have written something similar! Greeting from (reasonably conservative- Sydney. “A Sydney Naturist”.

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  14. I am one of the lucky few who can live naked 24\7 all year round within a village that is not behind gates or any form of security, it’s just a normal regular working village. Generally our climate is very temperate but during the winter months even us locals find 20c a bit too chilly and put something on.
    It has become a way of life for me and my wife and over the last 14 years we have lived here we weather permitting spend most of the time naked.
    It is a wonderful way of life but sometimes we find some peoples attitude to being nude bordering on the ridiculous.
    As stated we are a normal working village but ask a person using the supermarket to just put a towel or a sarong around there waist and it’s like the world has come to an end.
    The people who own and run the supermarket are not naturists and don’t really want some hairy arsed person leaning over the fruit and veg counter dragging there bits through the Tomatoes, but ask someone to cover up!!!
    Yes it is possible to live 24/7 naked and you can do it here but sometimes common sense rules that it’s not always a practical thing.
    Our village is called Charco del Palo, Lanzarote, Canary Islands, get it touch Nudelanza.com

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  15. It’s just mindset that we dislike nudity. Religious and cultural teachings are responsible which force us to wrap ourselves. Ever since I started living, at least at home, totally naked, I find myself in a relaxing world. My husband shares my view so we stay with no clothes on. We wish to see others in natural bodies. K.Tania

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  16. What an awesome read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I just got home from 10 days of a nude resort. I would sooooo love to live a naked life 100% or a nudist colony or something. It is very interesting to talk about it with my friends who are certain that it is just always a sexually charged environment. I’m constantly expressing to them that the side benefits (non sexual) are really what make it so great. I find that once everyone is naked that it becomes a very “Inclusive” environment rather than “exclusive”. Everyone is a different natural size, shape, style, color, dimension, etc. When naked, people have less of a “front” or wall up and it is always interesting that within a few minutes of meeting you can find yourself involved in some extremely deep conversations about life, love, business, everything!! Love it love it love it. I was SO sad to put underwear and clothes back on yesterday!!!!!!!!

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    1. I know the feeling! Underwear can be depressing at times. It’s like resigning yourself to a bodily prison, and I realize how utterly absurd that must sound if you haven’t experienced it. Anyway, thanks for dropping by, Tony. We definitely need more enthusiastic, outspoken people like yourself in the movement. Hopefully, someday before we die of old age, we can take a stroll around the block without getting arrested or seen as perverted lunatics.

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  17. Yes!… Great article and I am one of the very few bloggers/Naturist advocates that uses my real name…. At my work I would say 99% of the 120 employees know I’m a Naturist and also know I go skinny sipping on my lunchbreak in Summer!

    Even the female CEO knows… she just roll’s her eyes when the subject comes up and she says “I don’t want to know”

    If more people came out we would no longer be marginalized….

    Michael Connolly

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