Naturism, or nudism as it’s sometimes called, is normally defined as the practice of going bare, notably in a mixed social setting. While exact as far as it goes, the standard definition does not understand the “why” of nudism — why do people choose to be naturists? Individual answers to that question vary significantly. For some, naturism is a carefully considered lifestyle; for others, it’s no more complex than a day at the nearest nude beach. What links both of these extremes is the sense of liberty naturist actions supply. It may be a matter of straightforward relaxation—first-time skinny-dippers frequently marvel at how great it feels to be clothing-free—or there may be something more profound. For many, the societal nudity that helps define naturism is personally liberating; through it, we come not only to accept ourselves but others. As we say here at The Naturist Society, “Body Acceptance is the Thought, Nude Recreation is the Way.”(For a brief history of The Naturist Society and naturism, see TNS History.
Who are “the naturists?”
Broadly speaking, anyone who practices bare diversion, social nudity, or both. By that standard, there are many millions of naturists worldwide, particularly in Europe, North America, Australia and Fresh Zealand. According to a 2006 Roper Poll, one in four Americans—roughly 70 million individuals—have skinny dipped or sunbathed in the nude. And while not all of them are naturists, the rapid growth the naked recreation business has experienced in recent years indicates many are. No longer confined to small, secret enclaves, today’s naturists have a number of recreational and social outlets. Publicly owned sites like Miami-Dade County’s Haulover Beach, Long Island’s Fire Island, Toronto’s Hanlan’s Point, and San Diego’s Black’s Beach now welcome naturists, as do hundreds of clubs, resorts, and campgrounds across North America
What do naturists mean when they talk about “social nudity” and “nude recreation?”
Numerous things. But first, it’s crucial that you understand what they do not mean. Misconceptions aside, nudism is not a code word for “sex” (see below). When naturists talk about “social nudity” and “nude diversion” they mean simply that— http://nudismphotos.net/posts/my-first-nudist-experience-came-when-i-was-17/ . The assortment of activities varies tremendously. There are nude backpackers, canoeists, kayakers, scuba divers—even skydivers. For less adventurous types, there’s everything from the traditional day trip to the nude beach or swimming hole to house parties, chartered cruises and weekend excursions to nude resorts or http://nudistsplace.com/first-time-nudist-stories/it-is-rather-embarrassing-but-nevertheless-it-is-amusing/ . Most things that can be done clothed can be done unclothed—and generally it is a lot more entertaining.
What about the law; is not “social nudity” prohibited?