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Title: What is Nudism and Why Nude Recreation ?
Post by: Danee on March 15, 2013, 05:22:32 pm



http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freik%C3%B6rperkultur (http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freik%C3%B6rperkultur)
Why?

Being nude is fun, healthy, and good for the soul. It promotes body acceptance and awareness, age acceptance, freedom, self-esteem, self-confidence, and celebrates one of God’s greatest creations. Naturally, nudity keeps the body from the restrictions of clothing, which shift and compress our bodies, and exposes the body to the air and sun, which has numerous health benefits. The more aware we are of our bodies, the more likely we are to keep a healthy and active lifestyle. But we will also be less judgmental of others who don’t have the stereotypical and hyped “perfect” body.

Being nude will help a society built around shame that the naked body does not equate to the sexual body. While people are nude in sexual situations, the mere presence of the nude body does not presume a sexual situation. The two can be as mutually exclusive as an apple and an orange. The naturist movement intends to enforce this value and show that the nude human body does not exist solely for sex or bathing, and that wholesomeness can walk hand in hand with nudity.


The Swimsuit.


The swimsuit is an example of needless clothing. When we take a shower or bath, do we put clothes on? Do we enjoy the feeling of the water around us or do we hope to come out of our daily ritual with a piece of cloth clinging to our bodies making us cold and keeping us damp? While the answer is obvious, society has been slow to catch up when the bathing comes in a public setting.


The world’s best swimsuit is your skin. Without a material swimsuit, you are freer to move around in the water and you won’t suffer the chafing that comes from sand or sea salt lodging itself in the lining of your trunks. Naturally occurring bacteria will not crowd your body since there will be nothing to trap it against your skin.


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But going without a man-made swimsuit will send another message altogether about respect for the body. Unlike the swimsuits of the past, which covered men and women from head to tow with billowy garments intended to maintain one’s “modesty,” today’s swimsuits are aimed to enhance and promote the most sexualized of body parts. In other words, material swimsuits promote unhealthy attitudes about the human body. With nakedness, you actually remove the sexual context of the beach wear, and all can enjoy the sun together without worrying about how sexy they look in their new bikini or trunks. True modesty is found in chaste nudity.


There was a time in history where people swam, exercised, and relaxed while nude, sometimes quite publicly. John Quincy Adams is said to have skinnydipped in the Potomac River and Benjamin Franklin took daily air baths in the nude at his home with the doors and windows wide open. In 300 years, it seems society has taken a step backwards in regards to the human body.



Set a good example.


Normalizing nudity will take time. Meanwhile, we should respect the laws that make sense and challenge those that are oppressive. On public lands that allow nudity, remember to stay in secluded areas. By being respectful of boundaries, no matter what we think of them, we might win over public favor. If you are in an area that technically doesn’t allow nudity, you should cover up or ask if you may continue on with your nude recreation should someone else arrive.


By setting a good example, you can help erase the media-fueled perception that nudity equals sex and can promote the idea that the naked body is actually wholesome.


Family naturist values.



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We’re often too young to remember the freedom we felt as a toddler running around the house or the backyard nude. We had yet to be told that our bodies must be hidden and we had no awareness that our bodies would one day be seen as something we should be ashamed of. In other words, children are natural nudists.





Nudist resorts provide controlled, open environments and are safe for families. Many raised within the body shame system, become obsessed with the naked body, fetishizing certain parts due to their intense curiosity and the equation of the unexposed parts with sex. Research conducted at the University of Northern Iowa found that nudist children had more positive self-concepts of the body than non-nudist children and that the “nudity classification” of a family was one of the most significant factors associated with a positive body self-concept.


People raised in a nudist environment grow up with healthy attitudes about the body and easily understand the changes in their bodies. Instead of preaching shame about body parts and functions, the naturist movement instills respect for the body. They will understand better the ramifications of jumping too soon into adult behaviors and will be less apt to turn the body of another into an object of desire. This respect for humanity will carry through a lifetime. As the body ages, one will more readily accept the natural changes the human form undergoes through adulthood and into old age.


That is good for our society.


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Are people REALLY offended by nudity?

Look at the faces of the people reacting to the sight of more than a dozen naked bicyclists pedaling down Main Avenue in Colorado.


It is nice to associate with like-minded people, and a group of nudists are like-minded. They enjoy recreation without clothing. The shame that one feels about ones body will be erased in a group of others who are nude. As with the clothes, the mental and emotional barriers are lifted when a supportive group gathers together and you are welcomed as you are for who you are, not for what you’re wearing or how you look. With the support of the group, you will then embrace the freedom you once thought to be shameful or forbidden and lose the feeling that the human body is somehow obscene. Your mental and emotional health will benefit from being nude in a social setting.

Conclusion

To protect yourself from the elements, clothing serves a purpose. But you shouldn’t wear clothes out of a sense of shame. We live in a society where a woman’s breasts or a man’s penis or even the rear end will be blurred out for public consumption, but the media shows little remorse for showing graphic violence unedited. The naked body is not disgusting, rude, or shameful. Being naked in public is about highlighting our collective humanity and should not result in persecution. As active members of society, nudists should be free to come together and celebrate the values of respect and wholesomeness brought upon by positive body awareness.

And besides, it’s fun!

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Title: Re: What is Nudism and Why Nude Recreation ?
Post by: Marney on March 15, 2013, 08:08:09 pm
 :e4444 :e4444 :e4444
Title: Re: What is Nudism and Why Nude Recreation ?
Post by: Zeraf242 on March 15, 2013, 10:44:09 pm
 :3145
Title: Re: What is Nudism and Why Nude Recreation ?
Post by: fsjm2112 on March 16, 2013, 12:40:30 am
Couldn't agree anymore!
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Post by: mike345 on March 16, 2013, 02:48:49 am
What a fun article with a great message!
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Post by: mikeisnude on March 16, 2013, 03:54:24 am
 :e4444 definitely
Title: Re: What is Nudism and Why Nude Recreation ?
Post by: Rockingnature on March 16, 2013, 07:12:59 am

  :e4444  :e4444  :e4444  :e4444  :e4444  :e4444  :e4444    :3145 110%. Great article! :543
Title: Re: What is Nudism and Why Nude Recreation ?
Post by: lord_george on March 18, 2013, 03:29:49 pm
 :e4444 This is really good!
Title: Re: What is Nudism and Why Nude Recreation ?
Post by: softynude on April 13, 2013, 05:19:35 pm
totally agree ,this is the true naturist philosophy  :e4444
Title: Re: What is Nudism and Why Nude Recreation ?
Post by: Waytwofast on April 17, 2013, 01:50:24 am
Source: http://www.aanr.com/nudism-health (http://www.aanr.com/nudism-health)

A Vitamin D Deficiency
When I was a young boy about 9 yrs. old, my mother took me to a doctor because I was weak and tired all the time. After testing my system the doctor told my mother that I had a Vitamin D deficiency, or a need for total sunlight on my body.
In the early 50s being nude outside was a hard thing to accomplish. The doctor explained to my mother and I that my body was not processing bone marrow because I wasn't getting much sunlight. He said it's like a bear storing up winter fat to survive the winter. My little body needed total sunlight a few times a week to build up my immune system so I would feel normal.
It was summer time so my mother took me down to a small pond behind our house and told me to strip down and just play in the pond for about an hour. It was an amazing feeling when I took off all my cloths and jumped into the pond. At first my mom was looking all around for anyone else around. After a few weeks of almost daily swims and sunning sessions, I was starting to feel much better physically and my mind never felt more relaxed.
After a month or so, my mom just told me to go down the pond whenever I felt like it. It was a hot day in July when I was swimming and watching the fish when my neighbor girl came down to the pond when she heard some water splashing. I was so relaxed being nude that I asked her to strip off and come in and play in the mud with me. Much to my surprise she stripped down and ran into the water like she was meant to be a nudist like me.
We were only 9 years old and having the time of our little lives playing and getting muddy. Both of us made our nude swimming times our secret and no one ever found out. We had our secret code that we used when everyone would be gone for the day or a certain day after school that we could hit the pond. Over the years we found a lot of different places to swim nude like some of the big creeks that had some clean and fairly deep places to swim and watch the fish. We were both 15 when we were learning about our bodies in school. Sex was not an issue with us because we were good friends and totally protected our fun times in different places. When we saw each other at school we just winked and went about our day.
Over the years I have learned the physical and mental comforts and benefits of a nudist lifestyle. In 1986 I was traveling in northern California when I found a little isolated beach just waiting for me. About an hour into my nude beach day some other people showed up and we were immediately comfortable with our bodies. My life's direction drastically changed when I was only 9 years old because of a vitamin deficiency. Even today I can't go swimming in a public pool because I have to wear a suit. I wish I could find some nudist friends with a private back yard pool. All I can add to this is if you have any stress problems, all you have to do to eliminate your stress is...GO SKINNY DIPPING.
-Prof. Donald
Palm Bay, Florida
Title: Re: What is Nudism and Why Nude Recreation ?
Post by: beachboy1 on April 21, 2013, 05:05:38 pm
What a fascinating story, so touching and beautiful! :smiley:
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Post by: Nature Boy on April 21, 2013, 06:55:17 pm
I'm going naked more, it's settled now. Thanks Danee and David!
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Post by: Waytwofast on April 21, 2013, 07:34:54 pm
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Post by: naturallynude on April 24, 2013, 05:55:57 am
This should be mandatory reading for all new members!

Too true.
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Post by: chrisw91 on April 24, 2013, 01:27:29 pm
This should be mandatory reading for all new members!

 :3145

Myabe post a seperate thread in the FAQ section for new members to read?
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Post by: ithildin on May 09, 2013, 09:30:16 am
Thank you very much for your inspriring posts!
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Post by: Dario Western on June 16, 2013, 04:36:16 am
Excellent post.  :)
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Post by: nakedrobot on June 16, 2013, 12:45:36 pm
Normalizing nudity will take time. Meanwhile, we should respect the laws that make sense and challenge those that are oppressive. On public lands that allow nudity, remember to stay in secluded areas. By being respectful of boundaries, no matter what we think of them, we might win over public favor. If you are in an area that technically doesn’t allow nudity, you should cover up or ask if you may continue on with your nude recreation should someone else arrive.


By setting a good example, you can help erase the media-fueled perception that nudity equals sex and can promote the idea that the naked body is actually wholesome.

 :e4444

Biggest battle is against bad perceptions of nudity from different cultures/religion/conservatives/prudes that are reinforced by the ever stigmatizing American media that give too much emphasis on sexualizing anything and everything for profit. 
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Post by: DarkDippy on June 16, 2013, 07:56:05 pm
So much win! Thanks, Danee and David! And, yes, mandatory reading for all newbies. Plus I'm sharing this with all my not-yet-nudist friends  :4345
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Post by: seamus on June 18, 2013, 04:02:52 am
I agree NakedRobot! And defs a well written article. Super interesting... and inspiring.
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Post by: dedanax on June 20, 2013, 07:45:02 am
It would be nice to hear about some negative sides of naturism. And ways to fight them... If there are some...
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Post by: mikecim on August 17, 2013, 07:47:43 pm
Great article. I agree with it
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Post by: nerdynudist on August 17, 2013, 08:19:58 pm
Good read :)
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Post by: jenlaw on August 23, 2013, 05:37:46 pm
love all the smiles :23456
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Post by: chitownnudist on September 05, 2013, 02:46:00 am
 :3145 :e4444
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Post by: kavikanudist on September 13, 2013, 05:11:50 am
What a great post!!
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Post by: Amadeus on September 13, 2013, 06:41:26 pm
 :3145 Everyone needs to read this. If they would there wouldn't be as many stereotypes about the naturist philosophy and maybe more people would try it.
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Post by: ralff37 on September 24, 2013, 02:57:07 am
I also think everyone should read this. :3145
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Post by: mars1692 on December 15, 2013, 05:52:41 pm
That was a great read.  I think that would make a good advertisement for naturism!
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Post by: nudylife on January 17, 2014, 05:42:44 am
being naked and comfortable being naked is important
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Post by: nudistrunner on February 23, 2014, 06:24:45 pm
 :3145
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Post by: Mettis on October 17, 2015, 11:47:43 am
:agree and  :like