There are many people in the general population who are open-minded about nudity. This is shown in surveys that find significant percentages of the population who’ve skinny-dipped in small groups – or would if the opportunity arose. Many often enjoy nudity in their homes and with selected family members and friends.
Unfortunately, though, many of these people are reluctant to become involved in organized naturism through landed and non-landed clubs, as well as various less formal options, such as public clothing-optional beach usage. This is certainly a problem for naturism in general, so trying to understand it is necessary.
One likely aspect may be that people who could be described as “nudity-positive” feel uneasiness and stress about engaging in social nudity activities that include people with whom they don’t have close personal relationships. Heading the list here are concerns about the consequences for job security and relationships with people who have negative attitudes towards nudity if one’s interest in social nudity became generally known.
Another possible source of discomfort involves moral and ethical principles. There are various roots of such principles, but the most fundamental is not to cause harm to others, however “harm” may be defined. Naturists believe nonsexual nudity shouldn’t and doesn’t cause harm to either oneself or to others, although that is in disagreement with beliefs widespread in many cultures. This disagreement can be a source of discomfort for naturists and potential naturists in such cultures. Choosing a path fairly different from that of a majority is understandably not the easiest way – but it can still be the right choice.
Formal laws, norms of particular subcultures, and religious strictures are secondary roots of behavioral principles. As with the main principle of not causing harm, there are always ambiguities about the applicability of such principles to when and where being naked is “acceptable”. Such ambiguities are themselves a source of discomfort, because of the uncertainties they present to individual naturists and potential naturists. It can be difficult to understand whether specific naturist activities are in conflict with any of these varied principles. But how these principles apply to naturism is a topic that’s far too vast to deal with here, except to make note of it.
This discussion considers only normal, nonsexual naturist activities in order to understand the kinds of anxiety or stress that may accompany such activities. Most people can easily learn to deal with these. One aspect, of course, is concern about how others will unfavorably judge one’s naked body. Also, many people, especially women, worry about experiencing unwelcome sexual attention. But it’s unclear how to disentangle such concerns from a general feeling of not understanding what exactly constitutes “proper” social behavior in naturist activities. So let’s take a closer look at that.
When naturists are asked to explain why they enjoy nudity so much, the answer is often: “Because it just feels so good!” And that’s correct. Being naked and free of clothing comes with very pleasurable sensations. And there’s nothing wrong with that, any more than, say, enjoying a fine, expensive wine or the thrill of skiing down fresh powder snow.
Source: Naturistplace Blog
Original publication 16 January, 2021
Posted on NatCorn 30th January 2021
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