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Naturism and Body Acceptance

November 4, 2012
For a nice long while now a friend of mine has been posting up links to stories on Facebook concerning naturism, and the more I read the more I like it, and how beautifully it dovetails with body acceptance.  From Well-Being Magazine:
When we shed our clothes, we also shed the constraints of social status that by which we are often judged. Naturists make no such judgements and simply get to know the true person within.

Then of course there are the positive benefits for body image. How many people go through their lives tortured by insecurity about perceived ‘faults' with their bodies, suffering low self esteem as a result? Our blemishes, scars and ‘imperfections' are not unique, we all have them. Naturism helps us to understand this and also to realise that the human body is to be celebrated for its rich diversity, not held as an object of shame."
When you're constantly seeing different bodies, men and women's, of all ages, shapes and sizes, you'll quickly come to the realization that we're all 'flawed' and that the bodies we see so often in various media are only a very narrow representation of all the beauty and diversity that humans enjoy. By seeing older bodies we can come to learn and accept what comes to all of us who live long enough. When younger kids in naturist families see all the different bodies they gain confidence in their own body, and have a kind of mental and emotional armor against the garbage body image messages they so frequently are attacked by.
But isn't being naked sexual? Isn't being around kids while naked a crime? No and no. The naked body has long been celebrated in art and only becomes sexualized when *we* sexualize it. If it were an inherently sexual thing, men would never be allowed to walk around anywhere topless, as they so often can and do, and women (in Ontario anyway) wouldn't have won the fight to do the same.
What do you think? Is nudism something you enjoy already or something that you'd never do? Are there only certain times or places where it's OK to be naked?
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In my own home? Sure. In public? Not in ten trillion years!

Clothes are a statement of personal boundaries. I'm not okay with totally removing that barrier between myself and the world. I'm learning to accept without judgement people whose standards of modesty include more exposed skin than I'm used to; that's not me and never will be. My body is my property and I'm not oblidged to share it -- even visually -- in any way with anybody I don't want to.

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@BJ I'm not sure I follow. Who says you're obliged?

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Cool post. I had never thought of how the two are related. Yesterday I made my first trip to an American spa and sauna with gender-segregated nude-only areas and was surprised at how uncomfortable *I* felt seeing women covering their breasts and pubis with hands and towels when they walked between pools. Guess I missed the "You should be ashamed" memo.

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I've never been a nudist or been in a nudist-specific space, but I have been in several environments that had more relaxed social norms about clothes (namely Pagan gatherings and Burning Man-related events). It helped make me more comfortable with my own body, more comfortable with the different bodies of others, and helped sever the connection between nudity and sex. That has been so valuable! I like being in spaces where I don't have to THINK so much about how to cover up, where I can honestly just do what is comfortable for me. What a revelation. What a tragedy that the rest of life is so restrictive.

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Naturism is indeed a refreshing change for women in that they discover a group of folks who aren't obsessed with bodies in the way that the rest of society is. That may sound funny coming from a nudist, but nudism really isn't about bodies; it's about community and respect. The lack of clothing is only a part of it.
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If you picture the average family camping experience, that's naturism except sans clothes. You get used to being nude very quickly and then can relax as you never have before. Bodies don't matter, wrinkles don't matter, sags and cellulite simply don't matter!
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Don't believe it? Try it, you'll like it! See what some other woman have to say about their first time experiences: http://all-nudist.com/2012/08/09/first-time-nudist-stories-in-their-own-words/

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I so agree, society has sexualised simple nakedness but having been a naturist for 50+yrs I just wish this would not be, I truly believe that to be naked is to be YOURself! Hope you don't mind I have reprinted above excellent article in my blog!

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