They Left Their Clothes Behind

nudists3244 As you browse these photos of these nudists, see if you notice any kooks or sexual promiscuous activity. See if you notice anyone that doesn’t look like an everyday average person. You won’t, because that’s exactly what they are: secretaries, sales clerks and bankers, lawyers, electricians and students, neighbors, relatives and co-workers. They just happen to be average people that have discovered the harmless joy of getting out of their clothes.

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Our Largest Sensory Organ

nudists2977 Skin. It’s our largest sensory organ. Probably the single most important reason people enjoy nudity. With Your clothes off you enjoy the world around you with a heightened sense of perception. Your surroundings bathe you. You feel it thoroughly, not just with your hands or see it with your eyes, but you experience it with your whole body.nudists2978 The elements are more perceptible, more alive. The sunshine on your skin, the breeze, the textures of the earth, even the feel of other people’s eyes. All of these thing are part of the nudist experience, far more pervasively than when you are wearing clothes in everyday life.nudists2979 In social settings or circumstances where you are spending time together nude, your awareness of them and their awareness of you are heightened. You see them for who they really are, and they see you, which opens the door to stronger, more unique and complete friendships.nudists2980Since age, the color or the shape of your body isn’t a factor in how other people perceive you, it can’t be denied that nudists live in a positive, enlightened world. Differences are appreciated instead of being rejected or criticized. Differences in character and personality are what matters. That’s what makes a person’s inner self what fellow nudists want to explore. They want to know and become friends with the person they see in entirety without shame or reserve.nudists2981 Anyplace can be a nudist venue as long as it’s free of misguided attitudes toward the human body and false notions of what naturism actually means. Most people believe it’s natural (and acceptable) to disrobe prior to having sex, and it is. But your nudity is a sensual experience in and of itself. True, it does heighten the pleasure shared making love, but that heightened pleasure isn’t exclusive to love making.nudists2982 Nudity can heighten almost any experience; swimming for example, or a walk in the woods, even a social gathering with your (nudist) friends. In that your entire body is experiencing these activities, your enjoyment in doing them is enhanced, just as it is for the kids pictured below that have gathered on a sunny beach to have fun. nudists2983

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nudists1522It’s a subjective matter whether men or women look more naked with their clothes off. Women are a collection of delightful curves. Their genitals are more inconspicuous and pretty much hidden between their legs. Men are a collection of lines and angles which are blatantly interrupted by their protruding sex organs, the one part of a man that is severely taboo in mainstream society. Nevertheless, unless shaven, that triangle of pubic hair in both men and women calls attention that part of the body.

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But even among open-minded nudists, there are debates on etiquette, such as should women sit with their legs spread and their vulvas fully exposed, similar to the debate about male erections. My question is why not? The lady pictured above may sometimes sit that way dressed, why shouldn’t she do so nude? She’s nude for goodness sake! Just as a man’s penis is, even erect, her vulva is a natural part of her body, an intriguing part actually. Casually exposed vulvas simply aren’t lewd. In fact it’s their great variety from one woman to the next that makes them interesting to look at, as long as long as you allow yourself no more than a polite incidental glimpse.nudists2984 Many men are concerned about their penis size, which brings me to another aspect of social nudity that has a positive effect on self-esteem. First of all self-conscious men get to see that men come in many sizes and shapes. You recognize that you simply fall into the spectrum Mother Nature intended. You realize you are much closer to “normal” than you thought. Finally you realize that no one is being judgmental, that the size of your penis doesn’t matter to anyone but you.nudists2985 As far as I’m concerned there is nothing more natural and healthy than a nudist family. Can you imagine growing up in a home where everyone walks around the house naked, thinking nothing of it, enjoying freedom from shame and misguided psychological baggage. Children do not grow up confused about the differences between men and women. They naturally develop healthier attitudes toward sex. They are far less driven by curiosity than other children about the opposite sex, and therefore, many believe, less likely to get involved in premature or promiscuous sexual activity.nudists2986 Romance takes on a whole new dimension for young nudist couples. Guys aren’t burdened by the relentless drive to get her out of her clothes. Girls have time to get used to their boyfriend’s body and will feel more comfortable when the time comes to sleep with them. Both are able to bond in a more personal, intimate way. Together they share a freedom other young couples can’t know with their bodies covered with clothes, all the while continuing to appreciate all of the other agreeable experiences of a clothes free life.nudists2987 Who knows why men (women too, for that matter) enjoy being naked together, whether it’s a soccer game, hiking or just hanging out. No, it doesn’t mean they are gay, though gay men have gotten together nude since the beginning of time. These everyday men don’t have to find other men sexually attractive. They just enjoy being men, and getting naked together enhances their friendships.nudists2988

Somewhere along the way society decided the human body is shameful. We started off right in the ancient Greek and Roman cultures, when nudity was acceptable and often part of everyday life. What happened? Who decided our bodies are shameful, that to expose them is a sin? How on earth did something like this kind of nonsense catch on?nudists2989 I’m sure the clothing industry is quite happy our society has developed such pervasive modesty, though the industry is notorious for designing clothes that emphasize the curves and contours of the human body, especially women’s. The current skin-tight legging craze young women are in renders them all but naked. Tops, especially swimsuits, are designed to show as much of a woman’s breasts as possible without, Heaven forbid, exposing her nipples. Bikini bottoms reveal the female buttocks in its entirety. How can they possibly think nudity is lewd? nudists2990

If you are not already getting naked, give it some thought. Reduce it down to its simplest terms. Decide if you really believe the human body is shameful or lewd. Decide if you want to end up regretting not having the adventure of enjoying your body in its natural state. So many who wait until they are old enough to retire to try it, really do regret not jumping in decades earlier.

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They’ve Gotten Out of Their Clothes

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 As you look at the graphic above you wonder what it is about the human body that so many people find shameful or lewd. You wonder why they believe seeing a nude adult is harmful to children. You can’t understand why they don’t see the human body for what it is, a glorious masterwork by Mother Nature, something to celebrate, to enjoy, to appreciate.

As everyone knows, men and women’s bodies have many things in common: legs, arms, hands, feet, etc., but even these differences are distinctly male or female. What makes the world go around are the radical differences, which happen to be the differences that make nudist venues more intriguing.

nudists2483I’ve heard people say why would I want to look at out-of-shape or overweight or aging bodies? They miss the point. Social nudity is not about see over weight bodies, it is getting to know the person inside that body and celebrating the great variety of human shapes and sizes. It’s about accepting people for what they are, and being accepted by them for what you are. It’s the sense of community being naked provides no matter what shape your body is.nudists2484 For reproductive reasons our bodies are designed to be sexual, and though we find ourselves sexually attracted to other humans in the right circumstances, legitimate nudists venues are not one of these circumstances, no more than during everyday life such as classrooms, offices or shopping malls.You may indeed see someone you find sexually attractive at a nudist resort or on a nude beach, but it’s in the same way you experience this anywhere. Just because everyone happens to be nude doesn’t mean anyone’s behavior is more aggressive or suggestive.nudists2485

Flirting, just as it is anywhere, is acceptable in a nudist community; gawking and sexually charged comments are not. If you are like so many non-nudists that believe nudism is a sex party, you will be surprised to learn that lewd behavior is not welcome and will get the perpetrator invited to leave.nudists2487Most legitimate nudist venues are family friendly environments where people are respectful of each other and mindful of proper etiquette. The guests there just happen to enjoy the freedom of being nude. They simply enjoy the sense of community and the easy friendships social nudity provides. They enjoy the carefree appreciation they have for their own and other people’s body.

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The sense of friendship and community is evident in these group photos. It’s refreshing to see young, wholesome men and women free of shame and all the other misguided notions so many people have about the human body these days.nudists2489 Sure they’re young and they will naturally find others sexually attractive, but like in everyday life they know there is a time and a place. nudists2490So for those of you who enjoy being free of your clothes, who enjoy seeing or being with others who enjoy the same, I’ve posted these photos for you that other nudists have posted on the Internet.

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Let’s Get Naked

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Spring is on its way. Time to start thinking about a little fun in the sun. People around the world will be enjoying the warm weather with the sensual freedom of not wearing clothes. If you aren’t one of them you’ll be missing out on one of life’s innocent pleasures.

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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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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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Being Naked

The topics on Enlightened Male generally involve an appreciation for the human form or human sexuality, leaning toward male bisexuality and how that affects both men and women. You probably agree that these topics could use better understanding in our society. However, male sexuality, specifically bisexuality and homosexuality, pertain to a relatively narrow percentage of the male population. On the other hand, social nudity pertains to us all, both male and female, though most people can’t possibly imagine how naturism or nudists relates to them.

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Most people, for myriad reasons, will never take off their clothes in public, not even on a beach and certainly not at a nudist resort. They will never know the exhilaration or the liberating sense of freedom that social nudity provides for those who participate; which is why, even though I am largely preaching to the choir on this site, I like to promote clothes free lifestyles, whether that be in the privacy of ones own home or a social setting. That’s why I am entertaining the idea of featuring more posts on this subject. If I can reach just one naysayer, just one neophyte that believes he or she will never have the courage to take off their clothes in front of others, well, at least that’s something. Either way, the rest of us that already know and currently enjoy getting naked will enjoy the wholesome, carefree pictures I will post.

I’d like to hear your take on more posts on this subject.

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One would think a man would be distracted by a woman’s body among a group of nudists, but no more than he would be in a group of people fully clothed. He isn’t distracted … she is simply the female version of us. He is just glad to be there, meeting new people, making new friends. He may, just as he may in the every day clothed world, see a woman that he finds attractive. He may even approach her to introduce himself, but being naked somehow changes the dynamic. As the couple becomes acquainted and begins to know each other, the tensions and distractions aren’t present. It’s almost as if the foundation to a wonderful friendship or potential romance already exists because of the automatic connection nudists share.

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So where does he fit in the scheme of things? He is his own unique edition of the male version of us, not judged by his size or shape, the color of his hair or skin, the length of his penis, or his social status. He, along with all the other varieties of males and females that make up the whole of humanity simply fit in. He knows nudists have an automatic connection with each other. They are all naked, enjoying the freedom to enjoy their bodies among others doing the same. They are living life in a way only a nudist can understand, not that they are weird, perverted or over-sexed. They have simply discovered how refreshing it is to celebrate the human body in its many forms, and be free of fear and misguided rules.

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Many people are curious. They feel an urge to know what it’s like to take off their clothes and enjoy their bodies with friends or in a social setting, yet they can’t bring themselves to take that first step. They are conflicted, finding themselves listening to the demon that tells them nudity is wrong, that naked bodies are disgusting or shameful. They are weighted by years of indoctrination that has instilled the notion nudity is wrong. And every time they stand naked before a mirror, they grapple with what they see as a flawed body, implanted by Hollywood and the advertising world that tell them what the human body should look like.

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Actually taking your clothes off in front of others, especially for women, can be one of the most difficult things you’ve ever done. For some the angst that builds up inside is a physical pain. You see others walking around naked, acting as if it is perfectly normal, but still it doesn’t register that it’s something everyday day people do. Your mind is telling you that it’s not for you. Yet you screw up your courage and begin to take off your clothes, soon finding yourself completely naked in front of people you may know or have never seen before.

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Depending on how thoroughly conditioned you have been, or your religious beliefs, or your worries about what other people might think, you eventually settle into the idea that being naked isn’t quite as bad as you thought. No one is staring at you. If anyone approaches, they greet you as if they don’t even realize your clothes are off. At this point many people begin to feel like they fit in, that being naked is nothing like they thought it was. They begin to actually enjoy the feeling of freedom, the exhilaration. Before the day’s end, they wonder what took them so long to take the plunge.

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The pictures in this post represent endless varieties of the human form. Yes some of these people are quite attractive and pleasant to look at, but are any of them perfect? Any one of them would probably tell you what they don’t like about their bodies. But they have gotten past the fear of being judged. They have discovered the world of nudism is a welcoming, accepting place. They have learned to enjoy and appreciate their bodies despite their self-perceived flaws.

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This is a wonderful age to become a nudist, when you are young and optimistic and have all the energy of youth. It sets up a lifetime of positive self-esteem and the opportunity to develop great friendships.

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