Ecological awareness, climate change and global warming have been hot topics for quite a while now. We would almost dare to call it a trend. It’s a bit sad when important things like those need to be hyped before people start thinking about them. Nevertheless, we’re happier that something like respect for the planet becomes trendy than let’s say Pokemon or Dr. Martens boots.
An Ethical Naturist is a nudist who appreciates the beauty and benefits of Nature and whose nudism is guided by a moral consciousness that incorporates some or all of the following principles and values:
That the human body is intrinsically good and graceful, a miraculous gift for life and living that is worthy of care and celebration.
That social activity free of clothes and outside in Nature (especially when combined with healthful exercise and diet) promotes a healthy mind in a healthy body imbued with a bright spirit.
That personal honesty and authenticity grow from nothing being hidden and guide Naturists to treat others in an open, friendly and respectful manner.
That shedding one’s clothes is a way to shed one’s cares and experience serenity and peace while breaking from the fast pace and complexity of modern life.
That the sensations of sun, air and water on the whole body are simply pleasing and best enjoyed without clothes.
That to walk forests, fields and shorelines in a pure, naked state awakens one’s connectedness to all creation and fosters a reverence and love for Nature.
That being clothes-free allows one to tap into the innocent joy of being naked that one experienced as a child.
That stripping away the class and power distinctions of clothes is leveling and opens egalitarian interactions and friendships that otherwise would not take place.
That shared nudity improves body self-image and the acceptance of physical diversity in others. By revealing the full range of body types, the flaws and imperfections of all bodies become commonplace, and bodily nonchalance supersedes bodily self-consciousness.
That nudity is not, in and of itself, an expression of sexual desire, interest or consent. The conflation of nudity with sex is a manifestation of ill-conceived social conditioning, and the fallacy of it is revealed and broken by Naturist culture.
That modesty is a state of mind not a state of dress. Without the concealment of “forbidden fruits” to feed prurient imagination, nudity becomes normatively de-sexualized, and modesty becomes a function of attitude and behavior, not the cloaking of body parts.
That Naturism reforms both male and female culture to a respectful balance. The well-mannered conduct and gender equity of a Naturist setting can seem radical initially, particularly to an undressed female, but it is natural and becomes mundanely normal once acclimated.
That a sense of freedom, from judgement, shame and the conformist demands of society, is experienced when one is clothes-free. Shedding the symbolic identity and public persona of one’s clothing is liberating and helps one to recognize and reclaim their authentic self.
That Naturism provides a healthy alternative to media-driven consumer culture. It offers a respite from inherently sinful corporate interests that sexualize the body and promote extreme beauty-ideals to induce desire, shame, and body dissatisfaction for a profit.
That the highest standards of good and virtuous conduct are essential to form a trusting and comfortable environment for the practice of Naturism. Respect for person and privacy are paramount and must be self-evident to all and without question.
That it is affirming to be in community with like-minded individuals that share the Naturist ethos and take joy in its practice. As a minority in society, the collective reinforcement is comforting and gratifying.
All in all, despite popular misunderstanding and taboo, the experience one has as an Ethical Naturist seems closer to the way the world should be than the way it is. Though not utopian by any means, well-managed Naturist settings offer an experience of moral community, free from the negative effects of clothes. The many testimonies of Naturists speaking of joy, peace, freedom and friendliness make evident that this practice is fundamentally good and beneficial to the human condition. To some, this truth is obvious. To others, it can be learned. To many though, it is stubbornly incomprehensible. Ultimately, Naturism must be experienced to be understood, and those that confront and move through their prejudices and fears often undergo a personal transformation that is quite positive and, in some cases, profound.
I, like many other women, went through a transformation when I was in a nudist environment. Surrounded by people of all shapes and sizes, I went topless in Ibiza. In that moment, I didn’t suddenly love my body — but, I accepted it. I learned to say “fuck you” to hating it. I started to enjoy life, free from the constant anxiety that my body wasn’t “good enough” to do so.
Uhhh…yeah. This is where I have a serious conflict. But hey you guys discuss this in the comments section while I try to wrap my brain around this one.
Excerpt from the article:
Following a ‘Free the Nipple’ campaign in Fort Collins, Colorado, feminists have won a victory allowing women–and girls as young as eleven–to be bare-breasted in public.
After a three-year lawsuit, activists have won a case where a topless ban from city law has been removed by Fort Collins City Council.
The removal of the law will allow girls as young as eleven to legally walk around the city topless, costing the city over $320,000 in fees.
Good luck out there with this one guys.
Glad to see some has noticed this like I have.
“Sex and nudity go together like peas and carrots.”
Isn’t that how the saying goes? I don’t know. But I do know that while sex requires a degree of nudity (the more the better, to be honest), nudity does not require sex.
Nudism is a lifestyle of nudity. Nudism is not a lifestyle of loose, illicit sex. Nudists like to be naked. I am sure most nudists also like sex. But the two are not related. Or at least they shouldn’t be.
Would I be lying if I said I was not attracted to the sight of a nude woman? Yes. Nude women are beautiful. So are clothed women for that matter. But do I lust after them and desire to have sex with them?
That’s not the purpose of nude recreation.
The purpose of nude recreation is to equalize and humanize all people. It is not to objectify…
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I found this article to hilarious for some reason.
Great and interesting article!