The Only Place to Escape Body Shaming: A Nude Beach

Accepting our own body is probably the most important benefit of being a nudist. This post describes the journey and its many benefits.

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Clothing Optional Trips

Image is from article on ET Online: http://www.etonline.com/fashion/153293_victoria_secret_slammed_for_perfect_body_campaign_topshop_accused_of_body_shaming/

The only place I know of to escape body shaming is a nude beach, resort or campground. Sounds crazy doesn’t it? The only place to escape the unrealistic and material ideas of the perfect body is a place where your total body is on display.  Let me explain.

My wife and I have been going on nude vacations for more than 20 years. We started on our honeymoon to Bora Bora. While there aren’t any recognized nude beaches in French Polynesia, topless sunbathing and swimming is the norm. My wife was in her mid-20s and thoroughly enjoyed swimming, sunning and walking the beach without her bikini top on. I certainly didn’t mind either. To me, she is beautiful and even more so when she isn’t wearing anything to cover up.

From there we have been to many nude beaches, resorts and B&B’s. We’ve learned that…

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Get Nude Now, 4 Simple Actions To Be Comfortable Naked!

I always love mainstream media promoting nudism and this article: Get Nude! from the MindBodyGreen site is a short manifesto pro nudism. It gives just 4 simple actions to consider nudism:

  1. Avoid comparing yourself to others.
  2. Avoid judging other people’s bodies.
  3. Throw away those magazines that say you should look a particular way, they only do that so you they can sell advertising and make money from your insecurities.
  4. When no-one is at home, get nude and avoid judging yourself. Don’t say anything; just be with your nakedness.

What I really liked is the first sentence of the post: “Once we realize that being ashamed of being naked or instantly equating nakedness with sexuality, is a result of someone else’s prudish views or religious indoctrination, we can see the body for what it is.” Being a nudist and being naked at home, on holiday or at the beach is all about being comfortable naked. Being naked is natural. By going to a naturist resort, you realize naturists do not have perfect bodies, they are accepting their flaws or at least are not stopped by them to get comfortable in their own body.

If you feel good naked in the privacy of your room or your home, consider going outside and going to a nude beach or joining a naturist club. There’s no better suit than your birthday suit, and once you try naturism, you never ever go back to clothed holidays, beaches or lifestyle. Nude is much, much better.

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5 Reasons To Get Naked More Often

If you’ve read some of my previous posts, you know I love when mainstream press or websites mention positively nudism and naturism. This article from MindBodyGreen is one of those. The author, Samantha Rose, explains in plain and simple words how she discovered social nudity in a spa in Austria and how it completely changed her mind regarded nudity. Without going into to many details around her story, here are the 5 reasons she explains in her article:

  1. “Perfect” is an illusion
  2. Being vulnerable in front of others is a good thing
  3. When you judge other people, you judge yourself
  4. When you become comfortable being naked, you’ll feel less inclined to wear makeup and heels
  5. Baring your bits to Mother Nature feels really good

I really think with all the discussions lately on body shame and beauty perfection, this is just spot on. It resonates even more coming from a woman. I would close this short intro to the post with that quote taken from it:

As I looked around the spa that day it wasn’t my body that separated me from everyone else, it was my attitude.

Smart, isn’t it?

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#Naturism, a State of Mind by guest Blogger: Kevin C. Price

kevinHere’s a great piece of blog from Naturist Fab’s blog. Naturism is a lifestyle shared by millions across the globe, and as this post reveals, it’s also a state of mind. One that connects the dots between our body and who we really are, not who society would like us to be.

I read it three or fourth time before capturing the real essence of the text. It’s not long and I may be a slow thinker, but I felt the ideas there resonated well with who I am, naked in lots of life situations.

The author, Kevin, claims that by becoming our true self, “we evolve to become more confident, focused on the present and more spiritually aware.” This is exactly how I feel after all those years of naturism. Accepting and sharing my nudism is one of the best things that happened to me.

There’s nothing wrong with nudity, with being naked to live our days, and with sharing it with others. To the opposite, it’s a state of freedom, caring and sharing. Give it a try, you will never look at bodies and clothes the same way, for good!

Here’s the original article: Naturism, a State of Mind by guest Blogger: Kevin C. Price

 

My week with #nudity

choresWhen you’ve been a nudist for years, a lot of things you do naked become obvious: sleeping, swimming, doing chores, etc. are better done when naked. But when a non-nudist discover those and writes about them, then you realize how not obvious they were and why they became obvious. This is what reveals the author is this post on reddit /r/nudism.

As one of the comments says, it’s like a resort review but it’s not, it’s nudism review, from the fear of being seen to accepting one’s body. There’s nothing wrong with being naked, at home, in nature or anywhere. The only issue is it’s illegal in most countries outside of nudist resorts, camps or beaches. I believe nudity should be legal everywhere and one of the “clothing options”.

If you’ve never been to a nudist resort or wonder whether nudism is for you, you’ll find on my blog and on others’ a lot of examples, stories and advices on why people are embracing nudism as a lifestyle and why you should do too. Start with this little article on reddit, with my 10 reasons why I am a nudist, then reach the Naturist Society web site and the International Naturist Federation site. There are millions of naturists and you may soon be one. But cautious, nudism is addictive, once you start you will never come back to the textile world.

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#nudism as told by two women

tn5One of the recurring themes on naturists forums is the, somehow, lack of women. It’s sometimes true there are more men than women interested by naturism, online. On nude beaches or nudist resorts, I still feel women are well represented and parity is almost perfect. Now, when you discuss nudism with women and men, women are generally less enthusiast to try. They may feel less secure, more vulnerable. So when other women share their experience about nudism, it’s the kind of information worth spreading.

The first story comes from Kimberlee, who shares her experience at the Caliente Resort in Florida. Kimberlee shares how she moved from body shame to body acceptance by getting naked. As she said to get over her body shame, “I gave myself a challenge to go to a clothing optional resort”. I love the way she shares how people are just behaving normally while naked: “It was as if I was in another continent seeing natives in their own habitat”. Then she realizes many other people were like her, with bumps and lumps, but just acting naturally naked: “They were happy, enjoying life and very non-judgmental, respectful and loving towards the others”. And then the epiphany: “After ten minutes of watching people do their thing, as if they were at a golf and country club pool I noticed one ever big difference. Total acceptance!” She discovers the beauty of naturism, respect! No matter what or who, people respect you: “I felt more comfortable here tanning than at a non-nudist pool.” She continues sharing her very positive experience this day and closes her post with “It was true life changing experience. ..for the better!” This is what nudism does to people!

The second story comes from Ireland. Here, a journalist for the Idependent.ie news magazine, Sarah Carey, shares her experience at a nudist campsite in France. Sarah starts with her anxiety about getting naked to her choice of non-trimmed pubic hair. At the camp, she discovers the beauty of shapes and that “perfection was freakish”. She realizes too that “we’ve been crushed by bodily shame and anxiety.” She closes the articles by talking about her clothes: “Taking them off was the only way to liberate myself.” As a whole, I am not sure whether she enjoyed her week, but she made quite a lot of positive discoveries.

Overall, I loved the fact that both felt different after, that they felt liberated from the norms imposed by modern society. In the end this is what matters to naturist: feeling themselves in their best suit: the one they got at their birthday!

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10 questions and answers for the aspiring #nudist

I do remember the first time, as a kid, I went to a naturist beach. I do not remember all the questions that went through my mind at that time, because there may not have been any, nudity felt normal, as everybody, as far as I can remember, was nude. However, some years later, having grown up and gone through diverse nude and textile experiences, I asked myself some questions on nudism and naturism, to which I found answers by searching and experiencing myself. I think they can be useful if you think about going to a naturist resort or beach, or going for a naked hike, or just staying at your place, but stripping down. Here we go:

  1. Am I a pervert if I feel good naked?
    Definitely no! There are million naturists in the whole world and by definition they are not perverts. There may be perverts among naturists, like they are among textile, I guess. But feeling good naked is just an appreciation of your own body and its nakedness. Being naked is natural, getting clothed while it’s rationally more comfortable to be nude is a taught behavior. Sexuality and nudity have been linked by society and religions. They are not linked at all. So, feel good, you are probably not a pervert, but an aspiring nudist who has just discovered that nudity is an awesome feeling.
  2. Will I get aroused if I see people naked all around me?
    May be, but probably not! Actually, as said previously, sexuality and nudity are two separate topics. I can have a sexual behavior while clothed. People tend to find a half clothed body carrying a more sexual message than completely naked one. My experience has shown however, that states of arousal happen, generally unconsciously. Nothing to be ashamed of, just carry on your activities or lay down on your towel until it ends.
  3. What if I meet somebody I know personally or professionally?
    Well, this is great news actually. You have a new nudist acquaintance! You are both nude, sharing time in your preferred clothing. If this person has been a nudist for a long time, he or she can mentor you. You should be open to the fact you are a newbie, your mentor can speed up your apprenticeship. Nudism is not something you should be ashamed about but proud of. Having nudist friends is the best thing that can happen to you, as this means you can carry more nudist activities that you may originally thought of.
  4. People will look at me as I do not have a perfect body, won’t they?
    Society is putting pressure on people to have a perfect body. Fashion has defined current body perfection and images are flooding the media. The most important thing is that you feel good in your body, there are as many different bodies as there are human beings. Body shame starts in the mind. Naturists are mostly open-minded people that do not look at people’s body but people’s heart. It may sound cliché, but you’ll discover it’s true. At most nudist resorts, you will find all sort of bodies of all shapes and ages. Being comfortable in your own body is the most important thing.
  5. What if I get sunburned and I need to wear protection clothes?
    Stupidity and nudity share only “dity”. When you are sunburned, protect your skin. It has happened to everybody, even when using sunscreen, to get a portion of the body that has been forgotten. Apply judgment and cover yourself. No clothing optional resort will judge you if you cover your sunburned body. The same applies if the weather gets chilly. Some will stay naked because they do not feel the cold (I am one of those crazy nudists), while others will get warm by wearing some clothing.
  6. My spouse is not comfortable naked, should I still go and get naked?
    This is a sensitive topic and a very personal one. It’s still common to have one spouse embracing nudism while the other does not feel it. You should discuss this and find a compromise. I wrote a blog post on respect, that is a two-way street. I believe love is grounded on respect for the other. You may compromise by finding a place where you can be naked while your loved half will be clothed (and may come slowly to nudism), or spend half or your holidays in a clothing-optional place and the other half in a textile environment. From my experience, it’s a matter of dialogue and respect. Nothing’s impossible!
  7. Will my kids be shocked seeing all those people naked?
    Your kid are learning from you. If they have never been exposed to nudity, this may start some giggles at the beginning. The one advice is they should not stare at people. You should take time to explain nudity is normal and natural, that you are going to encounter naked people and nudity should not be laughed at. I believe teaching normal nudity to your kids is a gift as they will be less prone to suffer body shame. Teenagers are a little trickier, as they may not want to get naked. This is normal as their body is changing and they are not comfortable. Most resorts and beaches have special etiquette for teenagers, although swimming pools are generally naked only. It will teach that they should not be ashamed of their body, even if it changes. More in this post.
  8. What if my friends and family discover I am a nudist?
    What are you afraid of? That they call you a pervert? Get some articles on social nudism to explain what it is, that it is normal and healthy, not illegal and has nothing to do with sex. As defined by the International Naturist Federation, “Naturism is a way of life in harmony with nature, expressed through social nudity, linked to self-respect, tolerance of differing views together with respect for the environment”. The website of the INF, the AANR, the Naturist Society, the FFN, or any other naturist federation are full of very good advice on how to explain naturism to non-naturist.
  9. I do not know anybody at the local nudist resort, should I still go?
    This is a great reason to go! Nudists are friendly and there are huge chances you will make new friends quickly that will share your appreciation of nudity.
  10. Is naturism allowed by religion?
    I am not an expert in religious matter, but respect being one of the values in religion, I cannot understand why religion would forbid naturism. That said, it’s a very personal matter and if your religion asks you to dress a special way, it’s your choice. The Young Naturists America have a full page with links to various articles on nudity and religions that I encourage you to read if this topic is an important one for you.

There may be other questions that pop into your mind. If so, do not hesitate to ask them into the comment section of this post and I (or other naturist/nudist readers of this blog) will do my best to answer them. I want to leave you with one thought: nudism/naturism is a healthy (body and mind) and normal state. There’s nothing wrong about it. Society has perverted the human body along the age, and transformed a shameless state into a shameful one. The best advice I can give you is to get naked, tell the world how awesome being socially naked is, and enjoy your life a nudist. Nothing comes “clothe” to being socially nude.

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The Scientific Reasons Why You Should Just Always Be Naked

What a refreshing article from Elite Daily website! Excerpts from various MD and psychologists cited:

“Nudity is a taboo in America because we primarily equate nudity or nakedness with sexuality and we have taboos about sexuality.”

“By making nakedness an ordinary, matter-of-fact, common experience, unassociated with sexuality, the unhealthy prurient interest in pornography would be considerably lessened.”

“Coming from a nudist family played a more significant role in the children’s positive self body-image than their race, gender, or area of the country in which they lived.”

“Lyme disease deer ticks can grab onto our sweaters and sea lice can sneak into our bathing suit crotches. Cinched-up belts, ties, and clothes impede breathing. Men’s snug pants raise testicle temperature, lowering sperm count and fertility.”

Reading this well researched article provides some interesting discussion snippets and can help change many people view on nudity and nudism. As a nudist we already know through our self-experience how liberating nudity is, time and science will tell others why nudism should be freed and allowed in public places as a basic human right.

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Why You Should Get Naked Around Strangers

I’m still in a body image mood. This is probably because of the French law that parliament passed forbidding too skinny models working for modelling agency. However, it resonates well with various discussions I had with friends and family about people who were finding themselves too fat and others who were finding themselves very comfortable in their own body, including myself.

Now, this ties to nudism and being comfortable in our own body, and this article: Why You Should Get Naked Around Strangers, from the MindBodyGreen website. I love the following quote from the article: “I realized that just as self-compassion is an antidote to a world in which we’re never good enough, surrounding yourself with real women’s naked bodies is an antidote to the “perfect” female bodies that we’re inundated with every day.”

As previously said, nobody’s perfect, and seeking perfection can just be a way to escape happiness with what you have and what you are. Everybody is beautiful, everybody has something unique that make him or her what he/she is. So, for all people who seek the perfect body and spend a fortune on diets, supplements, massage, and the likes, divert some of your money to join the nearest nudist club and enter a world where you’ll get to love your body, not as it should be but as it is.

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Are you a Naked Person?

I am in a body image mood those days. It’s true that you cannot open a magazine or browse the web without being bombarded with “beautiful” people, and as we are getting closer to summer in the Northern Hemisphere with messages on the next diet to get a “beach body”. But hey, as a nudist, I have a beach ready body all year round and all the nudists I know have a beach ready body too.

Not that nudists do not care about their body, they do like everybody else, but they are not obsessed by it. They are not obsessed because they have too much cellulite there or too little muscle here, they are not obsessed by their body because everybody can see their body, naked! Go to any nudist beach and you will see all kinds of body, fat, slim, big, small, tanned, untanned, etc. Of course the same will happen at a textile beach, but you will notice people wrapping in towels or covering their body with swimsuits, sometimes to hide what they consider something they do not like.

We all know, nudists and textiles, that a body and health are related. However, the love you have with your body is, IMHO, far more important than the effort you are making to have a “perfect” body. Nobody’s perfect, says the wise. Learn to love your body and to get well into it. It’s not the look of others that should lake you ugly or beautiful, it’s yourself! You are beautiful. One quote taken from the blog post I stole the title from: “I think your view of nakedness says more about you than how conventionally beautiful you are”. All is said.

This article posted on the Elephant Journal, a website dedicated to the mindful life, is spot on. Being a nudist is definitely being a naked person, and I would argue that a naked person is a better person. Better in the sense that this person will less judgmental to others and all we need today is more care, love and … nakedness.

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