What nudism means to me
1. What do you enjoy most about Naturism? 2. What do you think Naturism is about (other than what you enjoy as above) 3. What would you like to see as a change in the Naturist society?
These are my answers:
What I enjoy is the comfort and freedom of being naked. It feels nicer (climate permitting) and is often more practical.
What I think nudism is about is getting past ridiculous taboos society has amassed about our own bodies. I think nudism can be an important way for people to access their own being, physically at first, but then getting a better understanding of who they are once they have learnt to drop their self image concerns. I think this is especially important at the moment with the continued pressures of the beauty media, which so many people seem content to listen to, and as a result feel bad about themselves; when there is absolutely nothing wrong with them. Nudism at its best encourages diversity, and individuality, and encourages people not to be concerned about making themselves look like a homogeneous model of beauty.
The biggest change I would like to see in the nudist community is for us to stop being so private and uptight. There is a curious irony that we have accepted there is nothing wrong about being naked, yet many nudists seem more paranoid about nudity than textiles! I try to normalise nudity in my life, to make sure it isn’t a taboo subject, to be completely open about the fact I am a nudist. I think if more did the same we’d be far less of a niche than we seem to be.