Over the past year, with several national lockdowns, many people have ditched their clothes and have been in the nude at home, according to a Bucks naturist club which has reported a huge increase in member enquiries this year.
Diogenes Sun Club, in Shire Lane, Chalfont St Peter, says naturism – the practice of social nudity – is on the rise nationally, with British Naturism reporting 1,100 new members in the last year, which is reportedly more than three times as many as is considered normal.
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Spokesman Andy Cross spoke to the BFP about the practice itself and the Diogenes Sun Club, explaining that being naked socially is nothing to be embarrassed or nervous about, and it is an “amazing” body confidence builder.
He said: “We’re one of the first wave of naturist clubs that were formed in the 30s when it became really popular.
“Our members come from across the country, even though there are plenty of clubs across the country, because for some they may have friends here, they like the facilities and atmosphere we’ve got.
“Naturism in this country has been around for about 100 years now so it’s certainly established.
“Acceptance has grown hugely over the last few years and certainly over lockdown, there’s been an unprecedented level of interest.
“Over the last 18 months or so, we have been inundated with new membership enquiries, and people can join British Naturism as well as local clubs.”
Speaking about why there has been a rise in people wanting to explore social nudity, Mr Cross said: “The thinking is because we’ve not been able to socialise, but also because we’ve been locked down people have had more of a discovery of nature and what’s around them.
Source: Bucks Free Press
Original publication 9 August, 2021
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