Health and Efficiency magazine, 1933.H&E naturist magazine/Hawk Editorial Ltd.

Naked Utopia: how England’s first nudists imagined the future

The naked body is as old as humanity. But nudism as a social form, organised into clubs and societies, only came of age in England in the 1920s. Its practitioners were from a range of backgrounds and included those with interests in “physical culture” (today we would refer to this as body building and beauty contests). Many were interested in natural health, including vegetarian and raw food diets, and new exercise regimes from hiking to yoga.

‘Sun worship’. Health and Efficiency magazine, 1935.H&E naturist magazine/Hawk Editorial Ltd.
‘Sun worship’. Health and Efficiency magazine, 1935.

Nudism was particularly embraced by artists and intellectuals as part of a wider set of progressive practices associated with free thought. Many were internationalists inspired by longer standing German nudist traditions, which were far more popular and organised on a larger scale than English efforts. They understood disrobing to be part of a wider ideal of physical, mental and spiritual liberation. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: The Conversation

Original publication April 9, 2018

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