Why be a nudist? I have been asked why anyone would want to participate in something that seemly few people choose as a lifestyle, or even understand for that matter. What’s the idea?
No one is born ashamed of their body. If you had never been told to cover up and you had always seen nude people from time to time would it be a big deal?
For some nudism is just about the feeling of the air, water and sun on the skin and the comfort of not being restricted in clothing. Nobody showers or bathes in a bathing suit, right? Most people will try kicking pajamas off when they are warm under the covers. Anyone will run from the bathroom to the bedroom if they think they won’t get caught. Most people can relate to this.
It’s the concept of social nudity that becomes a sticking point. Some equate nudity with poverty and humiliation. Some think nudity is only about sex. Some just hate the way they look. Some people just have a phobia like others have with spiders or public speaking.
What happens if you don’t think that way? What if you think the human body is a work of art? Or scientifically amazing? What if you think all body parts are just parts we all have? What if you think both genders are equal? What if you can control your sex drive? What if you are not humiliated? What if you try social nudity and find your fear goes away?
Clothing does not grow into our skin and become a part of us. It is an artificial covering. It’s use is arbitrary from burkas to bikinis, space suits to speedos. The rules for clothing are just ideas that change by place or time.
The traditions of a culture build over thousands of years. Old ideas are traded for new ideas but the old ideas never completely go away. Layers of thinking eventually bring change but most people just go with the prevailing thought of their time.
In some cultures nudity faces little opposition and is not considered a specific alternate lifestyle. You can see nudity in newspapers and in tv commercials and is not such a big deal. In other cultures it is outlawed and you could face death by being nude in public. It’s all just opinions and ideas.
Nudism is an idea too. It’s a philosophy, it’s a social statement, it reflects values and morals. It’s a way of honoring and showing respect to humanity. It’s about equality, liberty and even community. Its about being ok with yourself and accepting of others. Get the idea?