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I work in the mental health sector and have personal experience of mental health challenges, so when I hear about experiences that improve mental health I take notice.
As a lifelong naturist I have met hundreds of people who have spoken with me about their experience of clothing optional social interaction in a non-sexual setting. The experience of most of those I met included one or more of the following:
Feelings of personal freedom
Absence of feeling socially different
Feeling part of something wonderful
Accepting that my own body looks great / not worrying about my age, shape, weight, skin colour, scars, amputations, skin conditions etc.
Feeling comfortable about making new acquaintances regardless of differences in age, skin colour, social status, education, career etc.
Not feeling judged
Feeling that you have found your tribe
Feeling that for the hours you spend together, you are among friends.
With these personal experiences being so widespread, it can be no surprise that so many people report feeling a lot better about themselves during and after naturists events.
This seems to be particularly true for people who live with anxiety and depression, and for people who suffer from low self esteem.
Naturism taught me not to be ashamed of my body, the president of the Irish Naturist Association writes.
Like other Irish people my age, I was brought up in a conservative society.
There were rules of decency to live by, and any group deemed to be outside the social norm – members of the LGBT communities, hippies and people with different faiths – were very often looked upon with disdain.
I carried these kind of conservative views with me into adulthood. Taught to fear my body and alternative ways of life, I never imagined I would eventually come to embrace naturism.
I began to appreciate the benefits of a naturist lifestyle much later on in life, once my wife and I had children. Every June, we holidayed in a caravan by the south east coast.
The weather was often sunny during these breaks and the nearby beach was usually deserted, especially during weekdays. After swims, I would take my soggy togs off under my windcheater, enjoying that exhilarating feeling of the sun and air on my bare body.
Gradually, I became braver and, when no-one else was in sight, often ventured to the water naked, hiding back under my windcheater when others appeared.
I enjoyed the experience so much that I started only visiting very quiet beaches, so I could feel the water all over my naked skin without disturbance.
To my surprise, there were other like-minded people who enjoyed the freedom of a clothes-free lifestyle.
Zelinka is newer to the nudist community, but Ferguson has been a nudist for a while. The two moved from their home in West Seattle to Tiger Mountain in October 2019.
“I’ve been doing it for a few years now and just absolutely love the lifestyle,” Ferguson said. “It’s a phone-free lifestyle when you’re out there hanging out with friends, and it’s a non-judgmental lifestyle. People just accept you for who you are because there’s no barriers.”
The Tiger Mountain community is on 40 acres of land, with a pool, sauna, and hot tub, “nestled in the middle of a mountain,” Zelinka described.
There are 30 spaces and about 45 residents, according to Zelinka’s estimates, in RVs, tiny homes, stick-built homes, and A-frame houses. Only members of the club are allowed to be residents.
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Garden furniture website FarawayFurniture.com predicted that naturist holidays are going to be a travel trend that is set to take over 2020, with a whopping 543,000 average monthly searches made globally on Google.
FarawayFurniture surveyed 4,281 people to see what their views are and started by seeing what European country is most open to nudism. Germans are most open to going to a nudist beach (83%), followed by Spain (76%) and France (74%). On the other end of the scale and not so ready to bare it all are Brits (41%) and Turkey (35%).
Tanning evenly was the main reason 68% of participants were willing to bare all in the sun. Connecting with nature was next with 43%, followed by trying something new (39%). Helping the planet was another main reason 30% were willing to go on a nudist holiday.
The main reason people said they wouldn’t go on a nudist holiday is they are body conscious, women (72%) more so than men (63%). The second reason was they don’t want people to see their partner naked. 65% of men were worried about this compared to 46% of women. The other reason why people said they wouldn’t go on a naturist holiday is they think it’s not for them, (32%).
Changes to legislation in 2017 mean it is not an offence to be naked in public and there have been calls to make traditional ‘nudist’ beaches around West Cork officially recognised
WEST Cork should be tapping into the ‘naked euro’ by providing signage and officially recognising many of the secluded ‘unofficial’ nudist beaches dotted along the region’s coast.
That’s the view of Stephen Bolton, spokesperson for the Irish Naturist Association, who said that by aligning these beaches with the Wild Atlantic Way (WAW) route it would bring a different element to the tourist mix, while also boosting tourists numbers in the area.
West Cork boasts several beaches that have been attracting naturists for decades with some of the more popular including Dunny Cove, Sands Cove, Long Strand in the Clonakilty area, and Prison Cove in Glandore.
‘I have been down to Clonakilty three or four times over the past number of years. They are traditional naturist beaches and have been for decades, and it’s all locally known,’ Stephen told The Southern Star.
‘We are trying to piggyback on the WAW – which has been a masterclass in marketing – and if we could get a couple of pinpoint markers on their online interaction maps showing people where to go, it would be great. Obviously it’s locally known, but many tourists who happen to be naturists would not have that vital local knowledge.’
Changes to legislation in 2017 mean it is not an offence to be naked in public and it is only deemed an offence when someone is intending to cause offence, fear, or engages in sexual activity.
It’s not a secret I’m very anxious to be socially nude, and I thought for a moment (after seeing a Twitter tweet saying “RT if you like to walk around naked at home”) how much of an exhibitionist I feel being naked at home, but only when the kids are not home. I don’t know how to describe it, but I feel like I’m doing something naughty by waiting for alone time to do what I enjoy. I wonder if it’s something you can discuss in an upcoming Naturist article.
I would like readers here to chime in on this subject, because no doubt some of you experience this sort of thing.
I’m guessing it must be difficult for all naturists who live with people who don’t accept naturism and nudity in the home outside of the bathroom and the bedroom.
Then there is the tricky issue of parents being naked around their children. Many parents teach their children about body acceptance and naturism, and whole families participate in public social nudism events at pools, beaches, campgrounds and the like. But it gets trickier, I think, when it comes to nudity in a home where children are present. There can be legal ramifications.
Noah’s Ark holds regular WEEKLY (except over the Christmas/New Year period) Sunday evening (4:00pm – 6:00pm) naturist Swim and Sauna sessions.
It provides a warm, safe, family friendly environment to enjoy a swim, have a sauna or dispel those aches and pains in the steam room. All of this, is enjoyed in the way that nature intended.
The club would like you to join it, whether you have been a naturist all your life or want to try, for the first time, that unique feeling of freedom that swimming or exercising without clothes gives you. If you have never swum without clothes, you have definitely missed one of life’s pleasures.
Noah’s Ark welcomes all naturists young or old and although, due to the conditions of hire it currently cannot welcome children (under 18), it still upholds the values of a family friendly naturist environment. The club is very proud of its commitment to the ethos of non-sexual nudity and that will never change, regardless of restrictions imposed upon the club.
Nudism and sex. Yep. We know. It’s a dangerous subject. A lot of (mostly) men out there Google the word ‘nudism’ and ‘sex’ and are looking for porn. They don’t realize that for all of the real nudists in the world this query imposes a real threat. Their need gives (unjust) ammunition for all those against this unclothed ‘hobby’. And if we nudists and naturists want to do something about that we ourselves really have to talk about nudism and sex.
Because it is also a symptom of the time we live in. Look at Instagram and advertising: a lot of sexiness is used to get our attention. Sex has been made very important. Mucho mas important. And we naturists feel this pressuring on the way we look at ourselves. It influences the way we communicate with the outside world. We tell them that sex doesn’t exist in our world. Nonsense of course. We can do it anytime we want. But not anywhere we want.
A lot of teenaged boys are inspired by the porn they find on the web. And girls are living up to that image and sometimes even use sex as a currency. That must worry us all! It becomes more and more difficult to look back and recognize that sex and nudity used to be a sincere and profound inspiration for writers, painters and musicians etc for centuries. But now it’s a suspicious subject.
Where has the natural phenomenon gone? What if our parents stopped having sex? Well, we would not have been here today. It is an important part of a relationship and it can be a wonderful and inspiring activity. It should be like that anyway.
Sex has become something that is omnipresent as a currency, but is ignored on an everyday level at the same time. And that is why the word ‘nudist’ can be used in one sentence with ‘sex’ and the majority of people don’t bother whether or not this is correct. And pornsites use their online marketing skills and budget to monetize on nudism and sex. And since it is very profitable: we will get overthrown by them.
I grew up naked. In my earliest memories, I’m nude. I was just very out there with my dislike of clothes.
I didn’t want to be confined to the “fashionable” limits of smock dresses and linen rompers. I didn’t understand why it wasn’t OK to be naked all the time.
I can thank my ultra-liberal, hippie mother for my shameless adoration of nudity. When we were little, my mom and dad had us do this fabulous thing called “nudey dances.”
It’s in no way creepy, I swear — we were little babies. I was maybe three or four. We’d just run around and dance to Peter, Paul and Mary… all completely naked and free. My mother wanted us to embrace our bodies and never be ashamed.
She hated that society restricted children in such a fundamental way. When we were home, she let us be wild. It was amazing.
I would toss my clothes, piece by piece, to the ground, and then I’d I jubilantly prance around the house to the melody of “Puff the Magic Dragon.”
Being naked was beautiful. Being naked is beautiful. This truth will always be forever ingrained in my mind.
It’s a mentality that has followed me through life. Like Tommy from “Rugrats” said, “Nakey is NAKEY!”
For the first full article in our 2020 black history series this question comes to the forefront. Can naturism move beyond the colonial gaze? Can the real life naturist community hold space, and make room for the black naturist experience? Every time we do a a feature on the black experience in naturism someone white comes along and criticizes it with the tired old story that being a naturist means you treat everyone equally. Consider this response to our teaser black history month post on MEWE elevating the view of black bodies.
This idea that race doesn’t matter or just because you highlight the experience of one racial group is are diminishing the other just isn’t real. As I have said before the idea that all naturists and nudists are unprejudiced or don’t discriminate is a myth, it isn’t represent reality. Research showed that just inst how human beings function. The reality is there are naturists and nudists who are prejudiced and racists just as there are prejudiced and racist people in every segment of society. The problem here is these prejudices are often the lens through which other naturists are viewed. Despite protestations to the contrary, white naturists and nudists usually view black and brown naturists through the gaze of the white naturist experience.
To understand why this is an issue of concern we need to understand history. Many African people spent most of their time naturally naked before European colonialism. The colonizers showed up and called that nakedness that societal naturism uncivilized.
The temperature in most of African called for less not more clothing. The colonial European gaze looked at this perfectly appropriate way of life and dress and said NO. It was this European lens that forced more clothing and less nakedness upon Africans. Africans who were enslaved in western culture and Africans whose nations were colonized. African culture didn’t do that. African indigenous religions didn’t do that. It was the colonial gaze. 1) Consider this researched assessment from Felicity’s blog writer by the founder of the now defunct Young Naturist of America.
While most people don’t think about the historical political impact of the clothes they wear, textiles and the textile industry has in fact had a tremendous impact on societies around the globe, and still do today. It must be remembered that prior to the European Renaissance and Industrial Revolution, the majority of Earth’s human population was (and still is) centered about the equator in tropical and semi-tropical regions.
Fabric body concealment was not ascribed any moral dimension as symbolic of modesty or purity. The naked human body was associated with poverty at worst, honesty and purity at best, and was, at the time, not directly associated with human sexuality by the majority of Earth’s peoples.
The colonial gaze wasn’t just a tool of slavery and colonialism. The colonial gaze fetishized naked black bodies. The colonial gaze dubbed naked black bodies profane. The colonial gaze said naked black bodies were not normal despite it being the natural state of being for many African cultures. The value of nakedness as a natural state and natural way of life in a communal and social living was driven by the colonial gaze.
My weight doesn’t need to change but the bike world’s attitude toward me does.
My friend and I sat in the parking lot, eating oatmeal and mentally preparing for the next 10 days. We were halfway through our Alaskan bikepacking trip from Seward to Deadhorse, and the next stretch, along the Dalton Highway—27,976 feet of elevation gain over 500 gravel miles— was notoriously grueling. As we looked over our slightly damp gear, a tour van pulled up nearby. The passengers got off; some took photos of us as the guide loudly proclaimed that not many people successfully bike the Dalton. “In fact,” he said as he looked at me, “I just saw two very athletic men barely finish the ride.” Very athletic, I thought to myself. He means thin.
Here’s the thing: I’m fat. I wear sizes ranging from XL to XXL (18-22). When I first started biking, I worried about finding clothes that fit. I assumed that, as is true with many athletic clothing brands, the sizes available would be too limited. I was pleasantly surprised to find that popular bike clothing brands like Pearl iZumi, De Marchi, and Terry size up to XXL for women’s bibs and shorts. Sizing that stops at XXL is still too limiting for many people, but for fat cyclists, that’s not the real issue.
The true problem is with our culture around sport, and our ideas of athleticism. Really, with who gets to move their body because they want to and who has to move their body because they need to fix it.
Cyclists with larger bodies are largely erased from the public image. We don’t see ourselves in promotional materials for bike events, or in advertisements for bicycle manufacturers or clothing companies, or on Instagram feeds.
Caroline Chard really gets back to nature as she enjoys the benefits of holidaying as a naturist
I am a lifelong, though definitely part-time, naturist; I don’t go on naturist holidays in Britain because it’s frankly too cold! Naturism and nudism, are basically the same thing, but naturism is a more accurate description because of its emphasis on nature rather than nakedness. There is a long list of what naturism does not involve, chiefly any form of voyeurism or exhibitionism. It’s not usually a requirement that you get naked, unless and until you’re comfortable.
Naturism is, as its name suggests, a way of getting back to nature in all ways, including dress. It is, in fact, the ultimate in green camping. Most naturist campsites cater for families, and the best ones pay attention to sustainability by recycling, upcycling, harvesting rainwater, and using alternative energy sources where possible. One of my favourite examples of this is the restaurant at a site we stay at regularly, which is built around a large tree growing in the courtyard. The Dutch owner explains, ‘We simply respected the tree.’ Most naturist resorts encourage visitors to use environmentally friendly cleaning and washing products to support their green ethos. Obviously, when you’re not wearing many clothes on a day to day basis, the amount of washing you generate is dramatically reduced too!
It’s not all about nudity
Which brings me on to the main point: clothes. Many first time naturists are worried about clothes. Don’t be. It’s not about going naked all the time; it’s about wearing what you want or need to wear. Getting up in the morning is so much easier when you don’t have to get dressed in your tent! You can just grab a towel and wander over to the shower block. When it’s raining or cold, you’ll see people wearing an occasionally hilarious assortment of clothes, from nothing but wellies and a hat, to street clothes. On a sunny day, someone with very fair skin might be wearing a t-shirt to protect them from the rays. A naturist up a ladder fixing a roof will be wearing safety gear, but may not be wearing anything under it! Naturists are a friendly lot, and will welcome you whether you feel the need to wear clothes or are immediately comfortable in nothing at all.
This is particularly the case with teenagers. Even the teenagers who’ve grown up as naturists get self-conscious about their bodies and want to cover up. I know, I’ve been one. That’s fine; sarongs become standard teenage attire, for both boys and girls. The only place where there’s likely to be strict nudity rules is around the pool and in the sauna. And trust me, when you’ve swum naked or lounged in the sauna with only a towel to sit on, you’ll never want to do either with a swimming costume on again! Your skin will thank you too; it’s much healthier not to wear a swimming costume because your skin can breathe and will dry more quickly.