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It’s official – nakedness leads to improvements in body image!


Regular readers will know of the ground-breaking work done by Dr Keon West of Goldsmith’s University and how his research showed that being naked boosts self-esteem, happiness and life satisfaction.

Last summer, with administrative assistance and some funding from British Naturism, Dr. Keon hosted part II of the work and tested whether similar results could be achieved with people who weren’t attending a specific nude event or gathering.

The results have now been peer reviewed and published in full. They are in an academic journal and currently behind a paywall, but BN member Nick Mayhew-Smith has looked through the article, and has produced a short summary of the experiment and the positive conclusions it reached, copied in below:


Nick writes:

So for the first time it was possible to test whether communal naked activity leads to rather than merely accompanies improvements in body image (Body Appreciation). And body image was measured before and after the trial took place.

In total 51 participants arrived for the experiment, half of whom spent 45 minutes socializing with clothes on (the control group), the other half doing the same naked. The sexes were roughly balanced (27 men, 24 women) and also each of the two groups (control and naked) had approximately the same proportion of women and men. The participants were told in advance that the experience had a potential for experiencing communal nudity, which could introduce a slight bias in the findings but this was offset by the fact that they were non-naturist identified and also that they were split into two randomized groups following their recruitment for the study.

The experiment also measured Relative Perceived Attractiveness of Others and Social Physique Anxiety, partly in order to determine where the effect of changes in body image might have been mediated.

Dr. Keon used the same body appreciation scale described in his 2018 paper, and measurements before and after the experiment showed a clear and significant difference between the naked group and the clothed group. For the clothed group, 45 minutes spent socializing with clothes on made no statistical difference to their levels of body appreciation, but it was measurably higher (on the scale used roughly 3.3 to 3.8) in the naked group.

The second measure Relative Perceived Attractiveness of Others demonstrated that nakedness had no effect, but as might be expected Social Physique Anxiety was significantly reduced in the naked group. A reduction in Social Physique Anxiety was therefore determined as a possible explanation for why naked socializing has a positive effect on Body Appreciation. In other words, improvement in body image could not simply be produced by seeing other people naked in a non-participatory way.

The participants were all happy to engage in the experiment once they were given their instructions, whether naked or clothed. And there were no differences in the responses between men and women or between different age ranges. A total of 90% of the participants were white, the others South Asian (2%), East Asian (2%), Middle Eastern (2%) or mixed ethnicity (4%).

Flashing and Streaking are not Nudism.

Found this post on Reddit.

File the title of this post under “I can’t believe this needs to be said”, but based on some of the common posts and comments I’ve seen here it seems this isn’t obvious to a lot of people.

I think there are some good-faith arguments to be had about what exactly is in the scope of nudism/naturism. Nudism really should be a big tent, I don’t think it benefits us to be gatekeeping or being narrow-minded about it. But it also isn’t and never has been everything to do with being nude. Some nudity does fall outside the scope of nudism, and for very good reasons.

With that in mind, I believe the most accurate and universally applicable definition for nudism is also the simplest: Nudism is the practice of recreational social nudity.

Now to can examine that definition a bit. The term nudity is fairly self-explanatory. The term recreational refers to the fact that we do it for reasons that aren’t strictly practical (e.g. getting naked for a shower or for a medical exam isn’t practicing nudism). The most important term in this definition is actually “social”. I think that concept trips people up the most because they take it to strictly mean interacting with other people. That can certainly be a part of it, but I’ll borrow from wikipedia to more fully explain the term:

Attitudes, orientations, or behaviors which take the interests, intentions, or needs of other people into account (in contrast to anti-social behaviour) has played some role in defining the idea or the principle.

Nudism obviously has a lot to do with nudity, and we nudists do like being nude in many circumstances and we often are. But the defining feature that turns nudity into nudism is that we practice nudity in pro-social ways. It’s pro-social to practice nudity alongside other people at a beach, resort, etc. where everyone has agreed it’s acceptable to practice it there. It’s also pro-social to be nude by yourself in a private setting since it’s still taking “other people into account” if there aren’t other people around. So nudity around your own house, nudity in a sufficiently remote area, etc are still social nudity even though you’re by yourself. Therefore “social nudity” covers the kinds of nudism I think most nudists actually practice and have in mind when they’re talking about doing nudism.

Nudists don’t think there’s anything wrong with seeing others nude or being seen nude by other people. But importantly, the reason nudists practice social nudity is that we understand that other people do have a problem with that. We know the public at large isn’t okay with public displays of nudity. We know that a lot of people would be shocked or offended or upset if they unexpectedly encountered nudity. We know that nudity can easily be misperceived and misconstrued by people who aren’t familiar with nonsexual nudity. We don’t really agree with any of that or think people ought to feel that way, but we still take all those people into account with regards to when and where we practice nudism.

So that’s why when we want to be nude, nudists will travel to designated areas like resorts and beaches where nudity is explicitly permitted and expected. We’ll take reasonable precautions to make sure if we’re not seen by unsuspecting strangers – we’ll close our blinds at home, be ready to throw something on if we’re out in an appropriately secluded area, etc. Nudists simply don’t force nudity on others without regard for how those others feel about nudity. Nudists are only nude with the consent of those around them. That consent can be implied because the location is clearly designated for that use such as at a club, or it can be explicitly asked for and given – a nudist will directly ask people around them if it’s okay to get nude before getting nude. Practicing nudity in these ways is pro-social nudity. If this is what you’re doing, then what you’re doing is nudism.

Which brings us to the post title. Flashing delivery people who are just doing their job? That’s wrong. Running around public places naked where an unsuspecting person might see? Also wrong. Surprising your guests by taking off your clothes without warning? Wrong. Not caring if the neighbors might see or what they would think? Wrong. Flashing people on a hiking trail by walking past without covering up? Wrong. Using coercion to get people to be nude or accept nudity? Very very wrong. Being nude in a place where you have to worry about being “caught”? Wrong. These behaviors are anti-social. They’re definitionally not taking other people into account. If you don’t have the full consent of all relevant parties – others who can see you, property owners, any others who have an equal right to be there and might stumble upon you, etc. – then what you’re doing isn’t social nudity. You’re not doing nudism.

Being pro-social means that a lot of practicing nudism is talking to people about it, at least if you do want to do it around other people. It’s not dropping hints and relying on subtext or trying to engineer situations to get away with being nude or guess reactions. You bring up the subject directly. You tell them what you’d like to do. You find out how they feel about it. Want to be nude at home and you’re not sure how the people you live with feel about it? Ask them. Want to be nude in your backyard where neighbors can see? Ask them. Want your friends to join you at a beach or a resort? Ask them. Want to make more nudist friends? Go where nudists are and talk to people there!

Being pro-social means you don’t spend your time parsing the letter of the law to figure out if nudity is legal in a given place. If you have the consent of everyone around you it doesn’t matter if it’s illegal because people who’ve consented won’t care to complain to the authorities. If you don’t have the consent of those around you then you shouldn’t be doing it even if it is legal, because being social means not being an asshole.

As a tangent – if you think public nudity should be more acceptable and generally legal (as most nudists do), then do advocate for that! But there’s simply no way to promote nudism which doesn’t involve talking to people, and these conversations are often had while wearing clothes. It’s a lot of finding out what they think first, and actively listening and respecting ideas you won’t agree with. It’s sitting down and learning how the mechanisms of government work and coming up with viable proposals that have a realistic shot of getting 51% support in the relevant constituency. It’s showing up to your town council meeting with those proposals ready to present them. It’s gathering signatures and doing needed fundraising. It’s running for office yourself or getting involved in party politics. It’s forming interest groups. It’s finding allies who’ll support your goals and supporting theirs in turn. It’s persuading your fellow citizens that this is a good idea with tested messages and outreach. It’s being patient and compromising. That’s what activism looks like.

Along those same lines, if you think the national nudist organizations or your local resort is out of touch and could do more or something different, then you’re entitled that opinion. Maybe your opinion is correct! But the social thing to do is to join those organizations, talk to other members and the leadership (maybe even work to become a leader yourself) and convince them of your ideas and how best to put them into practice. You can even found your own organization if you must and get people to join. Actually working with other nudists in a productive way is social, and a lot more likely to yield the changes you want to see than yet another anonymous complaint on the internet or opting out because you disagree.

What definitely isn’t activism of any sort is anti-social nudity. You’re simply not helping to normalize nudity if you’re offending people with it. You’re not helping by ranting about “rights” and comparing nudists to oppressed minorities when someone reacts negatively to nudity they didn’t ask to witness. The UPS driver isn’t walking away from the experience of being flashed thinking “Wow that person is so unashamed to be nude, maybe it’s normal”. They’re thinking “That person is a weirdo and an asshole”. Surprising your neighbors by sunbathing where they can see without ever talking to them about it doesn’t make them think “Wow, maybe I’m wrong about nudity”. It makes them think “This person is rude and a horrible neighbor, I’m glad it’s illegal”. Nudity can only be normalized by showing that nudists are themselves normal people capable of acting normally. You do that by being reasonable, following rules and norms, respecting boundaries, and showing people that you’re taking their feelings, reactions, and ideas into account.

Back to the main point. It’s this pro-social quality that makes nudism what it is and ultimately forms the guiding philosophy behind what we do. Practicing social nudity shows that if we respect one another, then even something as transgressive as recreational nudity can be healthy and enjoyed alongside others. It’s by being respectful towards all that we can tear down misconceptions about how nudism is harmful or sexual. So it’s that respect which nudists have to both practice and advocate for first and foremost. The freedom to enjoy nudity in the company of others flows from that.

So if you’re asking yourself “Is it okay if…” or “Should I…” or similar questions about getting naked, the correct answer for any nudist starts with asking yourself “Am I fully considering other people if I do this here in this way?”. If you can’t answer with an unambiguous yes, then don’t do it.

In summary, nudists take other people into account. If you want to be a nudist or call yourself a nudist, make sure you’re being social.

A Naturist Manifesto

Written by:

The Ethical Naturist


A Naturist Manifesto

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 Refuse to Make my Kids Ashamed of Their Bodies so We’re a Naked Household!

I think the title says it all!

I Refuse to Make my Kids Ashamed of their Bodies So We’re a Naked Household

Other times, he would pounce in ready to tell me about the random thoughts that were racing through his big toddler mind.

I was always naked and both of us were comfortable with this.

In fact, all these years later we are still comfortable with our nudity.

Our whole family seems to be comfortable with nudity.

We change in front of each other, often share a stall in the family change room at the pool and shower with the bathroom door open.

Nude Camping: Why You Need to Try It ASAP

Nude Camping: Why You Need to Try It ASAP

Ahh, naked camping. The wind in your hair, the soft grass under your butt, the sun touching every inch of your body, and having a full area you can roam around and explore that’s not your private back yard.

For many naturists, this is the idea of pure bliss: what better way to celebrate your love of nature than to be surrounded by it, in your most natural state?

If you’re the kind of person that runs in the opposite direction when camping is mentioned, you might want to have a look through this list. Naturist camping might be one of the best things you could do this summer!

Another good article.

Vice Article: I Went to a Nudist Festival for Millennials

I Went to a Nudist Festival For Millennials


Two days before NKD – a nudist festival for 18 to 35-year-olds in Dorset – I was warned by organisers British Naturism that clothed journalists hadn’t gone down too well in previous years.

“If you want to come and write about the festival,” they said, “you’ll have to do it naked.”

I wanted to find out what’s attracting young Brits to something we in the UK overwhelmingly associate with German pensioners, so I agreed, despite the fact I still involuntarily shudder whenever I remember the time – two years ago – that I accidentally flashed a hotel receptionist my boobs.

I shouldn’t worry, a friend had said; taking my clothes off in front of a load of strangers would be like “ripping off a plaster”. She was right: it was painful, and it was quick – so quick that I barely had the chance to google whether you’re supposed to put suncream on your vagina before I was unleashed into a field booming with 170 sets of bare genitalia.

To be honest the author sounds a bit like a idiot.