Last weekend [24-26 January], British Naturism hosted a 60s-themed event, and Naturists from all over the country flocked to the Suncliff Hotel in Bournemouth. Steph Silom attended the event and discovered that Naturism may be the answer to the age old problem of how we can improve our body confidence.
The Suncliff Hotel is no stranger to hosting private weekend functions – but this occasion was a tad different. Between the 24th and 26th of January, the hotel was filled with visitors who were either relaxing, drinking, dancing to live music, or socialising, but with a twist: the visitors were Naturists and everyone was naked.
In a world dominated by social media, many of us are used to seeing men and women with perfect bodies on our screens every day of every week, and it’s no secret that this can have a negative effect on our own body image. However, people all around the world are using Naturism as their way to feel more comfortable in their own skin.
Naturism is the practice of going without clothes, and is defined as “a philosophical belief in a natural, naked lifestyle, characterised by respect for oneself, for others, and for the natural environment”. Contrary to what some people may think, Naturism is not even remotely sexual; the Naturist community is made up of normal, sociable people who do everything that you see everywhere else – the only difference is the dress code.
They could be your aunty and uncle, someone in your social circle, that person you smiled at on your way to work this morning, or the clerk at your local post office. Background, age, shape, race and job are all irrelevant. Naturism does not discriminate – and that’s the point.
Original publication 27 January, 2020
Posted on NatCorn 27th February 2020
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