Nudist? You mean being nude, naked? Displaying your willy? Are you an exhibitionist?
This was some questions I received when I told friends I was a nudist and loved to stay nude on beaches, resorts or simply at home. Nudity equals sex for many, if not most, people. To be fair, as I was going through adolescence, I forgot my early discovery of nudism and felt sexual arousal while hormones were transforming my body. However, as I was feeling so good while naked, I started questioning the link between sex and nudity. The string broke when I set a foot on a nudist beach unknowingly, as a young adult. People were naked, playing beach volley, calmly sunbathing, swimming or just chatting. There was no sex, no lewd behaviours, no blatant exhibitionism, just simple and casual nudity. I dropped my swimsuit on that day to enter a nudist world fully.
In the subsequent posts, we will explore various aspects of nudism and of the journey that leads to what I call the “nudist enlightenment”. The more I reflect upon it, the more I see this as a series of epiphanies. Some people discover nudism and decide on the spot this is something they like. Others require more time but eventually embrace nudism. Some are sitting on a fence, not sure they like it. Others are finding nudism gross and unacceptable. However, all nudists, from all day to holiday ones, discover nudism step by step. We don’t all realize this journey. But when, as I did, you stop, ponder, and reflect on your various nudist experiences, you realize that there were small events along the way. You were told about a book or a blog about nudism, you were invited to a naked barbecue, you experienced your first nude hike or nude yoga session, you met new nudists, etc.
Being a Nudist Is Hard
Each of those events made you discover, most of the time without realizing it, a new facet of nudism. Nudism is actually like a polished diamond: it’s incredibly beautiful and each facet reflects the light differently. However, diamond is one of the toughest stones. Being a nudist can be incredibly hard sometimes. Hard to just get naked whenever and wherever we would like to. Hard to make people understand that nudism is a social and family lifestyle. Hard to be understood for who we are. It’s because it’s hard that nudism matters a lot.
Nudism matters because it makes people understand our fragility. The World Naked Bike Ride movement was created for “simplification, human harmony and love. For a future to exist for tomorrow generations, we have to stop wasting the lifeblood energy of the Earth, stop fighting and killing in the name of consumerist wealth accumulation and learn to love and respect all life on this planet.” Nudism matters because it makes people develop respect for oneself and others. Nudism changes the way you look at others and at the environment that surrounds you.
A Nudist Journey
In this series of posts, I invite you to a journey. A personal journey, that you can and should share with your beloved ones. Nudism is personal and social. Personal, in the feelings and sensations you and only you will perceive. Social in the sharing aspect of those feelings and sensations. It covers nine chapters.
In Nudity, body and sexuality, I look at the relationship most people make between nudity and sexuality. Society and religions have forged this relationship to better control individuals. To allow nudism to flourish, we need to untie this link. There are neither natural nor rational reasons to sexualize the body. It’s agreed that we have a brain that allows us to think and to feel emotions. We will use it to understand that a naked body is simply a naked body and that there is no link to sexuality if we decide so. This part will help any nudist and textile to draw a clear and indisputable line between nudity and sexuality.
Nudism or naturism? will help us with the definition of the nudist lifestyle. There are numerous discussions and definitions of nudism. Nudism in some geography means something different from naturism. Who is right and who isn’t? Well, we will see that if it seems the disagreements seem deep, there are almost irrelevant when you go back to the various aspects of the nudist lifestyle.
Source: Nude & Happy
Original publication 5 June, 2021
Posted on NatCorn 10th June 2021
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