By Getting Rid Of Shame
Nudism has nothing to do with sex. Sorry to disappoint you. It does have everything to do with body acceptance, and simply enjoying the sun and wind on your skin. It’s about being about to see the human body in a different way. Society programs us to think that the only time we should be naked is either for sex, for a shower, or for surgery. The mainstream stigma around nudity is something I’ve talk about before.
Nudism, or Naturism as it’s called by some, by intent isn’t exploitive. People aren’t doing it just so they can see each other naked, but enjoy nudism because of the sense of freedom you get when you strip down and just let it all hang out. Because of the influence of religion over the last several centuries, and because of the way the media has portrayed the human form. How we think we should look has gotten a little twisted.
In a July 2004 article in National Geographic written by Jennifer Hile. The administrative director of the Naturist Society, Nicky Hoffman has this to say about Nudism; “For girls especially, there is so much pressure in our society to be a perfect size. As a result, there is a whole generation of people killing themselves to meet a standard that is impossible. Part of living a naturist lifestyle is accepting your body and regaining a normal body image.”
When you have hundreds even thousands of images everyday showing what the media calls perfect bodies, it could make a person feel a bit insecure. Naturism however, shows a diversity of real body types and can help to restore a more realistic view of body image.
Although not one myself. I can understand the allure of living the naturist lifestyle. There is a freedom to not having to worry about what you’re going to wear, and according to Mark Storey who is also the author of Cinema au Naturel: A History of Nudist Film, points out that there is another aspect to nudism. He says that, “People will hide and mask themselves in a number of ways to look prettier, tougher, or to establish their social rank, But if you are buck naked chatting with someone, you’ll be chatting with the real person. When you get past the fear factor and the initial embarrassment, you realize it allows for a more authentic human interaction.”
I think that Nudism or Naturism is something that can be helpful and even healing in some cases. Body dysmorphia isn’t just a Transgender issue. It’s something that affects those who are anorexic, bulimic, and other body image issues. These aren’t issues that are new by any case. However, the American obsession with looks, and how we look seems to push these issues even further to the forefront.
Original publication 3 December, 2018
Posted on NatCorn 21st December 2020
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