They Like to be Rid of Their Clothes

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Nudist are normal everyday people. Some are religious, others are not. Some are conservative while others are liberal, Republicans and Democrats alike. Some are young, some are old, some are in between. Some are thin, some are over weight and out of shape. No one cares. Nor do they care that so many people see social nudity as an unconventional, even immoral lifestyle, though they do wish more would join in. They are simply guy versions and gal versions of people who like to be out of their clothes.

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They gather in friend’s homes for dinner or play cards. They gather on beaches and at naturist resorts. They take nude cruises with hundreds, sometimes thousands of fellow nudists and go camping without their clothes. They hike nude and go dancing, and have back yards barbeques and skinny dips. They even do their housework nude. They have learned that anything they do is more fun to do naked.

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One thing nudist know is how easy it is to make friends and be accepted, no matter what shape they are in, how rich or poor, or how young or old. They have learned to love their bodies, and enjoy seeing and being seen nude. They’ve discovered a sense of freedom you just can’t experience in your clothes.

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The lucky nudist are the ones that discover these joys when they’re young, or grow up in a nudist household. These are the boys and girls that never felt shame or guilt about their bodies. They’ve never been shocked or immorally intrigued by a nude human body. They don’t quite understand what all the fuss is about.

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It’s a sense of companionship one automatically feels with their fellow nudist, a natural bond. Without speaking the words, a nudist knows he or she has connection with others who aren’t wearing clothes. The mysteries and intrigues that often get in the way with new acquaintances do not exist. New friendships come easy and fast.

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If the question is why participate in social nudity? Why be naked with friends, new acquaintances and strangers? The answer is why not. Why not if, once you decide to try it, the experience is so thoroughly enjoyable? Why not if it spices up your life? Why not if it adds new colors to your rainbow? All you have to do is get past all the religious and political dogma, get past the butterflies in your stomach, get past the negative vibes you impose on yourself when you look in the mirror. One of the sweetest feelings of liberation is waiting for you on the other side of the door.

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So as you look at these photos judge for yourself whether or not it looks like these people are having fun, whether or not they look immoral or abnormal. Judge for yourself if these people look any different from your neighbors, coworkers or people you see everyday everywhere you go. Then picture yourself enjoying life as much as they are.

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Consider the Freedom

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 If you like meeting people and making new friends you may be surprised how easy it is without your clothes. Nudists come in all shapes and sizes and ages, all races and nationalities, all religious and political persuasions, and they come with a smile. In a culture where many people are too modest or inhibited to undress in a gym locker room, it’s refreshing to see so many young people freeing themselves of self-imposed inhibitions.

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Body Acceptance

This is a fun video, but let me assure you that few nudists are this physically gorgeous.

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Perhaps people who are offended by nudity were simply conditioned to feel that way. Body shame is so deeply rooted in their psyches they can not get past it. Imagine the since of liberation they would feel if they could bring themselves to shed these beliefs by shedding their clothes. Countless thousands have.

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Age isn’t a factor concerning a person’s enjoyment of nudity. Nudists bear witness to aging bodies the same way they view vintage cars or aged wine. They see age as a natural element of human existence and appreciate the fact that they too will still be able to enjoy their bodies when they grow old.

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A well made Russian film showing people enjoying their nudity and just how natural the human body and social nudity are. I’m looking forward to spring.

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Perceptions About Social Nudity

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An Essay by Larry Darter:

Society often creates and perpetuates stereotypes without malicious intent, yet stereotypes often lead to discrimination against and intolerance of social groups when the stereotypes used to judge them are generally unfavorable.

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Stereotyping has its roots in experiences people have had themselves, what they have read or seen in the media and in disinformation related to them by friends and family. In virtually every case stereotypical generalizations are inaccurate. Unfavorable generalizations may also be perpetuated when a series of isolated behaviors by a minority group of members identified with a particular group are unfairly assumed the defining behavior of all members of that group.

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Common Stereotypes Relating to Naturism

Naturists are one example of a group that is frequently the target of stereotypical judgments. Naturism, the practice of going nude in social, especially mixed social settings, also provides a good example of the negative prejudices that faulty generalizations can produce.

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In present-day American society, social nudity is not particularly or generally accepted. The only “public” venues open to those who embrace naturism are private property, such as privately owned nudist clubs or resorts and slivers of well-delineated, often remote public lands that have been designated as clothing-optional.

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Nudity is a taboo in America, principally because of the heritage of Puritan and Victorian moral codes that have forged the link between nakedness and sexuality. The proliferation of pornography and existence of social nudity fringe elements like “swingers” contribute to the view that nudity and sexuality are inseparably linked. Sexual taboos are transferred to nudity by inference. Many non-naturists perceive naturists as having sexually malicious intentions. At best naturists are viewed as eccentrics, at worst as sexual perverts.

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A more benign generalization made of naturists is that they are primarily older, unattractive, over-weight people who do not have body types that are attractive to look upon when nude. Images present on naturist websites and in printed media seem to suggest an element of truth to this stereotype. Many older and over-weight people are depicted. Yet the stereotype fails to consider that “ideal” body types portrayed in advertising and pornography are inaccurate distortions of what naked people really look like.

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Deconstructing the Myths of Stereotypical Naturism

Perhaps more tolerance would be extended towards naturists if people took time to learn the facts about naturism. Naturists believe that clothing is primarily used by people to mask or hide themselves and to establish social status and rank. When clothing comes off, social distinctions disappear creating more authentic human interaction with fewer pretenses and posturing, revealing the real person.

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Social nudity promotes body acceptance and higher self-esteem. It becomes self-evident that most people look pretty much the same when naked. The reality is that most naked human bodies bear little resemblance to the air-brushed, “perfect” images depicted in media stereotypes. Body acceptance promotes acceptance of one’s own body and the bodies of others in spite of differences in age, weight and shape and counters unhealthy attitudes like feelings of shame over being nude that most people are conditioned from childhood to feel.

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Naturists do not deny all connection between nudity and sexuality yet explain that sexuality is not the motivation for naturists. Naturism is about discourse not intercourse. Strict rules of etiquette exist for social nudity interaction. Harassment, staring or gawking, overt attempts to draw attention to genitalia and sexual acts are all prohibited conduct. Naturists often remark that the uninitiated would be greatly surprised to learn just how far from a sexually charged atmosphere naturist gatherings really are.

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According to the International Naturist Federation, naturism is “a lifestyle in harmony with nature, expressed through social nudity, and characterized by self-respect of people with different opinions and of the environment.” This definition goes a long ways towards explaining why naturists are not content with practicing nudity in the privacy of their own homes but see outdoor nudity as a critical element to experiencing the benefits of the lifestyle.

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Naturists want to enjoy the same recreational activities as others like swimming, hiking, boating and camping. They simply prefer to enjoy those activities without wearing clothes because they feel more at harmony with nature and the environment and feel greater personal freedom while nude.

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Most naturists do not wish to offend and do not lobby for the right to appear naked in every conceivable public place and circumstance. They seek only reasonable clothing- optional access to public beaches and lands where they can have the freedom to enjoy outdoor recreation in the manner they prefer, free from hostility and fear of legal sanctions.

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Cultivating Tolerance

Tolerance of others who are different is an accepted character attribute in people of any society. Tolerance does not necessitate approval of practices one has no desire to participate in or disagrees with. Tolerance simply involves respecting the rights of others to be different and act differently as long as it does not impinge unreasonably on the rights of others.

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Understanding the nature of stereotypes, generalizations, prejudice and discrimination is the first step in cultivating tolerance. Every person has prejudices, it is simply human nature. People should, however, in the interest of intellectual honesty, consider that fairness is compromised when they discriminate against others because of personal prejudices. Many people believe that every human being deserves respect and freedom to practice unhindered, activities that make life more meaningful for them as long as there is no harm to others or real infringement on the rights of others. After all, personal freedom is one of the hallmarks of democracy.

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Dreaming of Warm Weather

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People in the mid-west and north east part of the U.S. aren’t thinking about global warming. They’re not thinking about getting naked either. In fact, facing one of the coldest Novembers on record, they’re wearing everything hanging in their closets. But somewhere in the back of their minds, they’re thinking about getting out of their clothes in the warm sun, even if that seems a million years away.

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