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Nudity Provides Health Benefits for Your Body and Brain

Posted: Fri, June 07, 2013 | By: Nudism



by Hank Pellissier

Is clothing crushing us? Are we trapped in tomb-like textiles, exiling our flesh from experiencing the environment? Are we atrophying our epidermis, our senses, our neuro-intelligence?

If you put a plaster cast on a broken arm the skin starves for Vitamin D, the muscles weaken due to strangled range of motion, the nerve synapses depress to a whimper of their former joy. Twenty-first century hominids? We shroud our entire skin palette except for face, neck and hands - we obliterate symbiosis with the planet.

We hide in cocoons, when we could be free as butterflies.

History reveals many cultures that were not clothes-minded. Spartans were basically bare and their victories in pan-Hellenic sports competitions enticed all neighboring Greeks to exercise nude, creating the word “gymnasium” (Greek gymnos = naked). Romans mingled in magnificent bathhouses, enjoying dense communal nudity as they drank, dined, defecated, bathed, read books, argued politics, and watched theater.  

Adamists — naked heretics — performed stripped-down church services in North Africa, Bohemia, the Netherlands, and England. Pre-Hitler Germans were avid adherents of Freikorperkultur (“Free Body Culture”) with 70,000 attending co-ed Nacktkultur schools.

There’s naked Japanese in hot springs, naked Finns in saunas, “sky-clad” Jain monks in India, plus millions of nudists worldwide going to “Nakation” camps, beaches, and resorts. 

They’re still sporty as Spartans, eager to hike naked (“free bush rambling”), canoe naked (“canuding”), bicycle naked, ride horses naked, run naked, play volleyball, badminton, ping-pong and chess naked, swim naked, dance naked, do Naked Yoga, Naked Tai Chi, Naked Gardening, Naked Bowling, and of course, many of us, perhaps you and I, dear readers, are NIFOC — Naked In Front of Computers.

Many famous figures were bare-all aficionados; too many politicians to name, so I’ll just list sci-fi and scientists: Leonard Nimoy, Alexander Graham Bell,  Robert Heinlein, and seismologist Charles Richter. Nudism is prominent in Philip Jose Farmer’s Riverworld books and John Varley’s Steel Beach. Celebrities? Many movie stars skinny-dip at the French Riviera, trying to elude paparazzi seeking pix of Bruce WIllis’ willy or Natalie Portman’s port side.

Here’s evidence suggesting that skin-only can be superior:

Born Free.  Pediatricians agree that infants thrive with a daily dose of “naked time” because the unhampered range of motion aids brain development, stimulating neuron growth. Recent discoveries reveal that the “plastic” brain changes and develops throughout our entire lives. Neuroplasticity pioneer Michael M. Merzenich believes,  “Everything that you can see happen in a young brain can happen in an older brain.” Doesn’t this imply that “naked time” is equally valuable for humans of any age, especially the elderly?

Weakened Bodies. A 2003 University of Reading study entitled “A Naked Ape Would Have Fewer Parasites” posits that “humans evolved hairlessness to reduce parasite loads, especially ectoparasites that may carry disease.” Unfortunately, the garments we wear can be a breeding ground for filthy fungi and bad bacterium, causing yeast infections, urinary tract infections, rotting toenails. Lyme Disease deer ticks can grab onto our sweaters and sea lice can sneak into our bathing suit crotches. Cinched-up belts, ties, and clothes impede breathing. Men’s snug pants raise testicle temperature, lowering sperm count and fertility.

 

 

 

Barefoot Medicine. Going shoeless is now recognized as an anti-Alzheimer’s, brain-boosting activity because the sole sensation entices your brain into growing extra, efficient neuron connections. Dr. Norman Doidge (author of The Brain That Changes Itself) believes skipping shoes increases brain flexibility and youthfulness, and many podiatrists now advise going barefoot as much as possible. Bare feet are today’s prescription. Will tomorrow’s elixir take the next step: Bare Body?

Superior Socialization. Self-actualization proponent Abraham Maslow believed “Nudism… is itself a kind of therapy.” Health benefits of social nudity include stress reduction, satiation of curiosity about the human body, reduction of porn addiction, a sense of full-body integration and developing a wholesome attitude about the opposite gender. Research at the University of Northern Iowa discovered that nudists have significantly higher body self-acceptance. Another study concluded that teens at a New York nudist camp were “extraordinarily well-adjusted, happy, and thoughtful.” It’s also excellent for children to grow up free of shame about the human body.

Tolerant Views.A University of Central Florida 2008 study of 384 participants concluded that pro-nudity students “were significantly more accepting of other religious groups and gays and lesbians” when compared to the anti-nudity students. They were also “less prejudiced towards ethnically dissimilar others.”

Soothe Away Your Crazies. Massage is recognized as a therapeutic treatment for mental health issues like depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolarism, borderline personality disorder, learning difficulties, and low self-esteem. The skin stimulation of massage — improving blood flow and detoxifying the lymph system — is duplicated by the warmth, freedom, and improved circulation generated in nakedness.

Soak Up The Rays Vitamin D deficiency is currently soaring, with up to 75% of USA teens and adults receiving insufficient amounts of the “sunshine vitamin.” Lack of this essential health aid is a factor in numerous ailments, including cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis and diabetes. Anyone who bares all outside as a “naturist” harvests larger amounts of Vitamin D in a quicker time span.

Financial Liberation. Clothes are a huge money and time-suck with shopping, laundry, closets, dressers, and gazillions of hours wasted wondering what so-and-so looks like with their garments removed. The global markets for swimsuits alone is expected to reach $17.6 billion annually by 2015; our carbon footprint would shrink like a wool sweater if fabric was no longer manufactured.

Longevity (just joking!). Have you noticed that the furry Norway Rat only lives 2-3 years, while the Naked Mole Rat survives to be 28?

So… is the future going to be full frontal? Will the post-Singularity planet be stripped? Will everyone in a climate-controlled tomorrow choose to be nude, strutting around like the Nuba dancers and boxers of Leni Reifenstahl?

Trends point to an era where there won’t be a stitch to worry about. Many resort areas are are now offering nudism to increase tourism, and American naturist clubs claim their enrollment is growing 20% annually. The German airline OssiUrlaub.de offered nude chartered flights to a Baltic sea resort, and today’s lengthy luggage searches at airports are steering travelers to destinations where they only need carry-on towels and sunblock. Twenty million Europeans already go to nude beaches and spas.

Getting goosebumps imagining it, are you?

Hank Pellissier (author) is available as a speaker on this topic. He can be reached at hankpellissier@yahoo.com  or @ hankpellissier

Other Articles: 

Who Are the Nudists and What Do They Want? 

205 Arguments and Observations in Favor of Naturism by K. Bacher

FEMEN: Six Reasons Why I Totally Love These Half-Naked Radical Activists 

 Why is the IQ of Ashkenazi Jews So High?  



Comments:

This article should be in every MD office, esp for women.
& in every PE coach office,
YMCA & Gym nationwide
IE Golds Gym, LA Fitness etc etc.

Make public on HC alone.

For every AANR & FKK site worldwide

By Stephen Russell on Apr 14, 2013 at 10:25am

And forget the sunblock too, cuz studies show that it also blocks helpful Vitamin D production, and may have other downsides too…....let the skin COMPLETELY breathe free…....

By Jack on Apr 14, 2013 at 1:49pm

Thank you for this fun article. It reinforces some thoughts I have had for a while and added some new ideas, too.  I especially believe it is a great experience for your kids.

But don’t fry. Use sunblock 11am-4pm

By Gil on Apr 21, 2013 at 2:05pm

If our Creator wanted us to be naked, we would’ve been born naked smile

By Rikiji on Apr 21, 2013 at 4:08pm

Well, like it or not, I don’t see intelligent people going full nude constantly (long term) anytime soon.
Nudity has one downside to thinking people:  It allows others to know your thoughts and internal things about you.
“Is that a gun in your pocket or are you just glad to see me?”
“I saw your nipples slowly getting hard as we spoke so I know you are thinking sexy toughts about me.”
When Eve realized she was naked what she realized was that she was giving clues as to what she was thinking.  Then she realized Adam was naked as well and he was giving clues as to what he was thinking.
One of the reason the veil was adopted int he middle east was to prevent the more expression ordiented women to hide their thoughts from men.
One of the things my dog hated was that her tail would tell me about her mood when she didn’t want it to.
But, hey, as soon as people don’t care about people knowing what they are thinking, then sure!  Toss them all off!
Heh.

By The N.P.P. on Apr 21, 2013 at 7:34pm

Interesting, though I suspect the study of “Tolerant Views” is being misinterpreted with the arrow of causality pointing the wrong way.

By Nemo from Erehwon on Apr 26, 2013 at 8:57am

In that picture of all the naked people in the bar, I have one thought - GET YOUR NAKED BUTT OFF THE TABLE, LADY! I mean, seriously… that is not sanitary for her OR for whoever uses the table!

Riding a bike naked has to be one of the worst-sounding ideas I’ve ever heard. That seat can be a pain in the butt as it is, if you know what I mean… And just imagine peeling your sweaty crotch off of that sticky plastic after a long ride. I cringe at the thought!

And really, if everyone were nude all the time, doesn’t that unfairly benefit attractive people? Clothes are something of an equalizer - we can make ourselves look good and hide our flaws.

Also, this wouldn’t be too fun for women. When it’s our time of the month, what do we do? Sit on the toilet for a week? Or do we put on some underwear, hoping that we don’t get any leaks - can we wear pants, too? Either way, EVERY person we see is going to know we’re bleeding.

Plus, where in the world would this be anything other than torture? I’m always cold WITH my clothes, especially when I go into stores.

By Whoa! on Apr 26, 2013 at 9:54am

Wouldn’t we gain the same benefits and avoid butts on the table by simply going around with shorts? And in places like Canada(or Minnesota!), clothes prevent frostbite 10 months of the year.

By E Uva on Apr 26, 2013 at 11:00am

Yeah, all of your examples seem like major outliers to me, except maybe the romans and those whose climate and skin make it ideal… Sorry, but not buying this.

By whatever on Apr 26, 2013 at 11:30pm

In response to both"Whoa” and “E Uva”.
  I will agree on the fact that the one lady leaning on the table should show a bit more courtesy by at least placing a towel under her behind. This is common nudist etiquette, and is expected at most nudist gatherings. neither of these people can be nudists. Beside the table comments, both point out the normal “textile” arguments against nudism. In reference to frostbite, clothing really doesn’t prevent frostbite. Shelter and fire prevent frostbite, clothing makes it possible to travel from one shelter to another. Even Antarctic expeditions carried tents. Native Inuit peoples built shelter from ice. So that argument doesn’t carry much truth to it.

All nudist do not think we should outlaw, or ban all clothing, this is ridiculous. Nudist believe that we should not outlaw or ban nudity. All we ask for is the freedom to choose our own comfort level.
Riding a bike while nude is a wonderful experience,and yes a comfortable seat will greatly enhance the experience, but bike seats come in a plethora different designs. I would choose to place a washcloth or a hand towel onto the seat prior to mounting the bike, especially if said bike is a rental. Peeling ones naked sweaty butt off of a plastic bike seat does sound rather unpleasant, and I’ll let you know if I am forced to perform this feat. I just avoid plastic bike seats…problem solved!

Regarding a woman on her menstrual cycle, it is not uncommon for a woman on her cycle to use tampons during this time of the month. People do notice, but nothing has ever been said, except by the woman herself. A womans menstrual cycle is a normal function of the human body, and some people are more self conscience about this than others. I restate that nudists do not wan to ban all clothing, just want the freedom to choose to not wear them if they are comfortable being undressed. I do not visit institutions that require nudity, even if this is only enforced in the pool. I have seen countless women wearing bathing suit bottoms or underwear while visiting a nudist resort or institution. Whether on not they happen to be on their menstrual cycle, I will never know.

As to clothing being the great equalizer? Are you fooling yourself? Have you ever heard of the labels “Armani”, “Nike”, “Gucci”? Believe it or not, people are absolutely judged by the labels they wear. If you doubt this, watch the Academy awards on television ONE time. As the stars are announced, the label of their clothing is also mentioned. The “best and worst dressed” lists will be generated over the next few days and weeks according to several peoples opinions.

In response to Nemo from Erehwon, read the above…please. Nudists will respect your choice to stay clothed, but at least allow my choice to be unclothed without the threat of prison, and/or being on a sexual offenders data base. It is almost humorous how those that scream tolerance to others, are the most intolerant of others opinions. Yes, legally I am FORCED to adopt YOUR clothing standards, not mine!

  “Thanks for the open mind!” I truly enjoy intelligent conversations and opinions.

By Douglas Napier on Apr 27, 2013 at 9:31am

I have to say i totally agree with Douglas above.

Nudist Don’t believe clothes are totally unnecessary as we aren’t stupid and understand the necessity of clothes when necessary for protection against the cold and such.

We also aren’t trying to force our choice to live clothes free when appropriate on others, unlike those who impose their choice to always wear clothes on us. 

And npp your statements are based on your lack of knowledge and your belief that people can’t converse with others without getting sexually excited. I’ve been nude around many groups of naked people of all ages, income levels,(including highly intelligent multi millionaires) and mixed genders and I’ve NEVER seen anyone display their intentions as you described. In order to notice a woman’s nipples getting firm you would need to be staring at them which is very rude, if your intelligent. And some women have naturally erect nipples always, and others barely are erect at all, so how can you tell unless you’ve previously been intimate with this person? As intelligent people we are able to not focus on sex when around others therefore our “intentions” do not show.

I see MUCH more staring and ogling amongst clothed people than nude people as nudist have strict rules of etiquette that don’t allow for staring or inappropriate conduct.

And nudists are much more accepting and non judgmental of others no matter what your body type.  We know that the shape of our bodies is not what defines who we are, but its what’s in our hearts and minds that make us who we are.  When clothed we are constantly judged by the clothes we wear.

By Guy Purcella on Apr 28, 2013 at 10:02am

Excelente contenido espero poder saber más en hora buena felicidades

By orlando on Apr 28, 2013 at 11:30am

It would cause most of us to be aware of our bodies and our health would improve.  We would exercise more, eat better so our bodies would be more fit.

By Albert Strickland on Apr 28, 2013 at 1:28pm

I hear so many people commenting on how they “couldn’t go naked”.  It’s not that tough and once you try it you will wonder why you waited so long. To start trying walking out in your back yard or any space that is private where you can feel safe and comfortable.  Enjoy the feeling of the sun and breeze on your body and allow it to relax you and soon you will realize that this is the way nature intended, not bound in textiles (clothing) that make us uncomfortable and put labels on us.  I personally hate designer labels, or any labels.  We shouldn’t be defined by how much money we spend on our clothing, but rather what kind of human being we are. 

Another point that is made is that being nude must be a sexual thing.  IT’S NOT. Being nude isn’t a sexual thing, rather a liberating whole body/ mind experience.  You don’t have to be a Barbie/ Ken doll type to be a nudist, in fact I don’t know any of those… many people also comment on what happens if a man gets an erection at a nudist event.  We have not ever had this experience as nudity is just that, a person losing their inhibitions and not being afraid to be themselves.  If a man does have an involuntary (and they are involuntary whether you know that or not) erection then he politely covers himself, jumps in the pool if there is one available or in general doesn’t give it attention. Our bodies functions are not always something we control but nudists understand this and it becomes a non-event. 

By Carla Purcella on Apr 28, 2013 at 2:42pm

I’m guessing our health might improve as much or more because we would let go of so many of the stresses we hold onto around the way we look; stresses that DO get covered up and pushed down and repressed by clothes; maybe we would exercise more, eat better, etc., or maybe not; but most likely we would not be as self conscious, and that goes a long ways toward better health.

By Jack on Apr 28, 2013 at 2:53pm

The problem with this tolerance intolerance thing, is that I have a very low tolerance to sexual stimulus as I know many other people do. If I see a lady walk in with no clothes on, I will be sexually attracted to her. I think it is incredibly unhealthy for me to be seeing this, especially since I made a promise to my wife to only have eyes for her.
Besides the wife, we already have an increasing amount of rape in the US. Having women walking around naked could only increase this amount in my mind. I want the safety of people, and for that to stay safe I think the designated areas are proper. Nude beaches are great, I am glad that people can express themselves or be in solitude naked. There is a time and place. But around myself or my wife or my kids that is just not OK. I don’t have sex in public because it is not the time or place, I think there is a limit for nudity as well.

Respectfully,
Ben.

By Ben on Apr 28, 2013 at 4:56pm

100 percent agree.  It is now on internationalyn.org and thanks for this!

“This article should be in every MD office, esp for women.
& in every PE coach office,
YMCA & Gym nationwide
IE Golds Gym, LA Fitness etc etc.

Make public on HC alone.

For every AANR & FKK site worldwide

By Stephen Russell on Apr 14, 2013 at 7:25am”

By Danielle on Apr 29, 2013 at 9:52am

In reply to Ben, Naturists/nudists do not have sex in public.  If you get excited just seeing a naked woman, perhaps you should see a doctor about your problem.

We do not force you to dress, please don’t force us to wear clothes.  It is a free world.

By Barry on Apr 29, 2013 at 12:45pm

In reply to Ben: How then do you explain the fact that nations with more liberal attitudes to nudity have lower rates of sexual crime?

They also have lower rates of teenage pregnancy, abortions and STI’s as well as lower rates of eating disorders such as anorexia.

By Brian Taylor - British Naturism on Apr 29, 2013 at 6:55pm

Where are these particular nudist camps? Because EVERY one I’ve heard of is filled with old and fat people!

By Andrew on Apr 30, 2013 at 6:48pm

I partially grew up in East Germany where nudity was part of the norm. (the article doesn’t mention this)  At beaches they were divided into one part bathing suit and the other part nudist.
The bathing suit side was generally empty, but I guess they wanted to be fair.  The nudist side on the other hand was packed. 

Their view is that the clothed body is more sexy or erotic than the naked body.  As a kid I saw how everyone had zits, warts, scars, marks, etc.. at different parts of bodies, bodies were not completely symmetrical either and everyone had this or that.  And it was very rude for people to stare at each other. 

My dad who was not from east germany hid the first time he got undressed and my mom laughed at him thinking he was hiding to get undressed..

It’s true as the article states that there were no porno in East Germany.  Their outward sexuality was more geared towards Erotica.  And men were genuinely friends with women and it wasn’t all about sex. 

I enjoyed being naked there, here in America I visited nudist events and unfortunately one perverted person can ruin the whole experience, so I don’t go anymore

By Semira on Apr 30, 2013 at 8:14pm

I also want to point out in regards to naked women == arousal. It’s usually in the context of a sexual scenario… Porn or a movie with a heated love scene and various other things. When you’re in a public environment minding your own business and happen to see a very regular person walking down the hall, I can almost promise you that your reaction will more likely be to look away or be uncomfortable.

I’m not a nudist or have ever really thought into this but I think after reading this article I may spend a little more of my time exposing myself more… If just going shirtless this summer. I can definitely appreciate that beautiful warm feeling of the sun on your skin.

I hope things become more open for you guys. I’m more than happy to accept a change in the rights of everyone, including nudism.

By Gaian Helmers on Apr 30, 2013 at 9:13pm

This is an excellent article. I have especially enjoyed the point/counter point in the comment section. Thank you for sharing.

By Maurice Smith on May 01, 2013 at 6:36am

A fun article, after wading through the BS and history lesson, but is it really practical?  Many comments pointed out how people in colder climates would suffer as a result of going nude all the time, and then there is the contradiction of vitamin D and sunscreen.  I would agree that nudity can be very liberating.  I can even make a stretch and suggest that if we weren’t hiding our telling characteristics, thereby letting others know how we really feel, that we might live a more honest and fulfilling life.  But, unfortunately, hiding our true feelings is what we do.  Clothing protects us more than it inhibits us, but I would agree that we can all use a healthy dose of nudity.

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By toro on May 01, 2013 at 8:34am

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By toro on May 01, 2013 at 8:43am

As I read various articles and delve deeper in to the lifestyle choices outside what the majority of the world consider normal, I have discovered that there is one thing that is prevalent among all of them, the feeling that we need to hide it from everyone.

I know for a several years I chose to hide my lifestyle from people because I was afraid of what they might think or what they might say or even possibly do. I hear all the time from various people, all because I choose not to hide the fact that I am a, here I go again with that word, A NUDIST.

“OMG you’re a pervert”
“Psst, don’t go around that man or let your kids anywhere near him because he doesn’t wear any clothes.”
“You mean you let your kids see you like that?”
“OMG You’re creepy, how could you let your family (wife, son, daughter) take those kinds of pictures of you?”
“Somebody needs to call the local children’s services on you!”
“Nobody wants to see that nasty stuff.”
“They will fire you if they find out.”
“You will never get a job”
“The bible says that is a sin and you’re going to hell.”

We all have our reasons for wanting to hide our chosen lifestyle/s but fear and shame seem to be the biggest reasons. What are your reasons for not being more confident, being proud of the lifestyle you have chosen and announcing to “your world”, I AM “insert lifestyle choice here!”?

I choose to no longer hide who or what I am so for the record, here is my announcement. My name is Moe and I am a nudist, bisexual, husband, father, son, brother, christian and a biker. I think the biggest thing I am is no longer afraid

By Maurice Smith on May 01, 2013 at 9:41am

This is a very Western centric notion.  In most Eastern cultures this is not something that is the norm or acceptable.  And no, it is not simply because these other cultures are repressed or somehow unenlightened. The naked monks referred to in the article are isolated cases. By and large nudist notions are not the norm in Eastern cultures.  There is also a sacredness of the body that I think is preserved through clothing.  If everyone walked around nude, I sense that much of the beauty and mystery that colours societies would be lost. Remember the first time you got intimately involved with someone… part of the mystery, allure and excitement is the revelation of flesh.  This whole dimension of experience would disappear if all of us walked around nude and it became the norm. Also, artful dressing can also be very inspiring at times. Just my two cents.

By purplecasket on May 01, 2013 at 10:55am

By “Adamists” I assume you mean “Adamites”

Adamists are a fictional culture in the “The Night’s Dawn” series

By philoundergrad on May 01, 2013 at 2:50pm

Living in the north or England….I think I’d freeze without clothes. We don’t all live in the tropics.

By AntChorlton on May 01, 2013 at 4:51pm

This is a great idea, for those of you who don’t get snow for most of the year.

By Caleb on May 01, 2013 at 10:36pm

I do not have a sufficiently private yard to keep the cops from descending on me. That’s why I love sarings so much. Its about as close to wearing nothing as you can get.

By Tam on May 02, 2013 at 8:40am

Is it any wonder that the most uptight, heart-attack riddled segment of the world’s population (who insist on money before humanity) are the same people who wear suits with neckties to make themselves feel secure and powerful?

By Ben on May 02, 2013 at 10:04am

Some of these proposed health ‘benefits’’ are bit misleading.
I live in an area with ticks, and wearing clothing keeps ticks away from a body. If they have easier access to a naked body, pretty sure they’ll attack. As things like yeast infections and other infections can easily be troublesome to a naked person as much as a clothed person. This article suggest clothes are dangerous when dirty; so too, it is a major issue when someone is naked with low hygiene.
The Spartans were a brutal, warlike people. To their own or others. Certainly not a beacon for ‘tolerance’.
While on the subject of ‘tolerance’, I see messages suggesting that others are not confident and they are afraid, and suggesting they are afraid because they are not nudists. I find the assertion ludicrous, pretentious, and intolerant.
I’m all for people’s right to be naked on nude beaches and designated areas. No problem. I’m also for people’s right to not participate and not view naked people in public areas and restaurant owners ‘no shirt, no shoes’ is in effect. Sure, a restaurant can be a ‘nudist’ restaurant; that’s fine. In the future, if everyone decides going naked is the norm, I’ll reserve the right to go with or against the norm as always. The ‘health benefits’ suggested are very misleading and often inaccurate.

By KNO on May 02, 2013 at 10:49am

For years I was a nude model at my local art schools. I’m not pretty, I’m not thin, and I’m even not that young, but students would come and tell me after class that I was beautiful, and not in a creepy sexual way.

I’ve been to clothing optional gatherings, and truly, after a few minutes, you don’t even see the nudity. You see the people, just the people, their eyes, their personalities, Their being.

People really don’t go around staring at the boobies, and the danglies.. Really, unless they are either new, or just rude as hell.

I understand that some situations call for clothing, but people could be more tolerant of the need some of us feel to be free of the restrictions, even if it’s just for a while.

By living, not just existing on May 02, 2013 at 11:43am

this is for sure the end times!!

By Rolf on May 02, 2013 at 12:19pm

It’s tough in blizzard conditions not to be wearing clothes. Or in cold weather?

By Barbara Abel Topolosky on May 02, 2013 at 1:16pm

Clothes come in handy in the cold outdoors. How could we survive without them?

By Barbara Abel Topolosky on May 02, 2013 at 1:17pm

I have taken many clothing optional workshops and it is truly liberating.  When you are talking with people who have no clothes on, you can’t tell a CEO from a janitor and you relate to who that person REALLY is INSIDE.  Also, as a society, we are so bombarded with unrealistic ideas of what our bodies “should” look like.  When we actually see what REAL people look like, with all their “flaws”, we realize that the idea of physical perfection is ridiculous—there is no such thing.  Going naked for a while in groups is a great cure for body shame. Of course, we want to be healthy, but that is another subject.  Beautiful people come in all sizes and shapes.  Our skin and flesh are just the gift wrapping for our souls. 

In response to another comment here, one of the men who was in clothing optional workshops with me told me that actually seeing so many women naked, he realized that they looked more similarly attractive, than women with clothing on did.  In other words, his idea of what made women beautiful was expanded by seeing women of all sizes and shapes naked together.

All that being said, although I LOVE being naked indoors, I would burn to a crisp if I were naked outdoors for more than about 15 minutes without shade or darkness. 

We would be a much more emotionally healthy society if more people went naked, more of the time.

By Ruth in San Francisco on May 02, 2013 at 1:38pm

Congratulations Maurice S.!  Inspiring to others AND courageous!

By Gina on May 02, 2013 at 2:21pm

To KNO: Yeast infections are less common amongst people who spend appreciable time naked and athlete’s foot is very rare in those who go barefoot.

Sadly, even as Naturists, most of us still spend more time dressed than naked, even when the weather would make naked the sensible option - simply because society has an obsession with clothes and would make a fuss if we tried to do otherwise.

Vitamin D and serotonin production are also health benefits and we are hearing a lot about endemic vitamin D deficiency at the moment!  The skin in people’s ‘white bits’ is not as healthy as skin that is regularly allowed to breathe; you only have to look at it to tell that!  Before anyone shouts “skin cancer”;  Naturists, in taking every opportunity to let the sunlight reach their skin, build up the skin’s natural protection - melanin - using the gentler sunshine of spring and so avoid the sudden exposure of skin unaccustomed to sunlight that leads to burning on summer holidays.  We also use sunblock at times when we feel it wise; it’s all about being sensible.

As for ticks - I’ve heard that clothes offer little or no protection and indeed they can be a trap for such things.  Clothes are certainly home to the clothes louse; one of three types of louse to which we are hosts.

I am not saying non-nudists are afraid, it is merely an observation - backed by objective research - that nudists are more consistently confident, having fewer hang-ups about their own appearance in particular.

By Brian Taylor - British Naturism on May 02, 2013 at 4:06pm

Love this article and the photos! I draw naked people, and swim naked whenever possible. Also loved the comments, all kinds of them. I wish to make two observations: nipples, penises, vulvas and scrotums are always moving and changing. They are skin and skin responds to the outside environment: cold, heat, sun, changes, and the inner imagined environment of thoughts, feelings, hormones. It’s all normal, it’s all good. It is not always about sex, and when it is an erotic response, it is just a nice feeling. These happen with clothes on all the time. Sexy thoughts and feeling do not turn people into out of control monsters.  Society’s collective uptightness does that!

Re women and moontime. Perhaps the ritual of the moon lodge retreat would make a more general comeback as a sacred time of rest and creative communion for women. The world would be a better place.

By Diva Carla on May 02, 2013 at 4:16pm

Inspiring, courageous and certainly health giving

By James on May 02, 2013 at 5:42pm

To address all the comments that disagree on account of people’s perverted minds, rapes and other such things, if this became a regular practice and the norm, these issues would disappear since we’d all be in the same boat, as we are right now in a clothing-based world. The same can be said for any change. If everyone bought into it and became a worldwide adaptation, we wouldn’t find any of it strange. And for the unfortunate religious crowd finding all of this uncomfortable, I believe Adam and Eve weren’t given any clothes, so the big guy in the sky must be ok with it. Just sayin’

By Terry on May 02, 2013 at 6:19pm

Re:Ben.
At first, it might be awkward seeing beautiful women wandering around nude. However, if it is the ‘norm’ then it no longer becomes a titillation so, the ‘obvious reaction’ subsides. Trust me on this one. <G>
As to rape being already high in the US. Rape is NOT about sex. It’s not sexual attraction, it is a desire to take power.. How else explain the assault of children and elderly people?

By George on May 02, 2013 at 7:51pm

To Brian: To KNO: “Yeast infections are less common amongst people who spend appreciable time naked and athlete’s foot is very rare in those who go barefoot.”

Being a minority grouping, I’ve read ‘naturalists’ to be around 1 million worldwide; far less than a significant sampling to do many comparisons to the far larger population. Certainly, the larger number of ‘non-nudists’ would have a lot more considerations by nature of their being a larger number. I’m uncertain of exactly the criterea for deciding how nudest have less yeast infections or athelete’s foot, though as mentioned before in many areas of the world it is highly impractical to go without shoes and clothing for greater than half the year. So, there is a natural prejudice to arise on those who favor nudity over clothing.
I also see not very much tolerance on the ‘natualist’ side; ‘liberating’ suggests non-‘naturalists are not liberated and cannot be liberated unless there are nude. I scoff at that suggestion; as I likewise scoff at the suggestion that non-‘naturalists’ cannot empathize of sympathize with the need to be nude. I have no problem with people wishing to be nude, yet it’s certainly unfair that other people should be required to feel comfortable around nude people if they are not.
The ‘we were born nude’ is valid enough, yet on a chatline it seems pretty ludicrous. Nobody was born with a modem in their bellybutton, and I don’t doubt it would be liberating to not have a computer; but we’re not at all what we were ‘born to be’, and haven’t been so since far before we had language, religion, or government in organized forms.
Vitamin D can be an issue, yet again, in more brutally cold climes such as I live in, it’s highly impractical and dangerous to go outside nude much of the time. A Vitamin D supplement is necessary under these conditions.
As for ticks, whatever anecdotes you’ve heard or read about them and clothing, I can personally attest to times when clothing protected me from bites. I’ve found the ticks in my clothing; much better than finding them in your exposed skin. I’ll take experience over anecdote any day.
I totally reject the notion that naturalists are naturally rapists and perverts, while at the same time I reject the idea that naturalism would cause these issues to ‘disappear’. Just because we’d all be in the same boat doesn’t mean we’d be the same, and in pre-history where there wasn’t a concentration on clothing, rape and ‘perversion’ was an issue then. In Greek and Roman cultures, with a relatively-low concentration on clothing, it seems rape was again common, unfortunately. Half the stories of Zeus are about rape I see no saving grace with naturalism over clothedism in that matter.
I’d like to see the ‘objective evidence’ you speak of. One group of teen nudists is not a fair sampling in a group of 7 billion, for example, and how do you falsify? *shrug*

By KNO on May 02, 2013 at 8:13pm

Well I must say there are times being nude is great; at the beach, in a spa/ public baths, having a massage, a shady spot & in bed. But I don’t think being nude is necessarily healthier. I get tinea and calloused feet if I don’t wear shoes outside. I get sunburnt easily & don’t believe sunscreen is healthy. The skin that has been continually exposed to the elements definitely looks older and less healthy that the covered parts of my body. Also clothes are good for protection from insects.

By Kate Noakes on May 03, 2013 at 12:03am

I don not believe that the Spartans read books - scrolls yea - books no. They were not invented yet.

By Peter Howie on May 03, 2013 at 2:30am

How about working on the mind instead??  Man’ s body will never be immortal, only mind is.
I didn’t quite understand the meaning of this sentence in the contest of this article “We practice Buddhist Right Speech in our communication.” Could somebody explain it to me?

By Irene on May 03, 2013 at 2:33am

oh you photos, why could you not get modles with scoloisis or visible neurofibroma tumors? I have the one and only two small others on my face. I feel sad and exempt and excluded.  this is so sad for me. This would be helpful if people want to see how good t is for self essteme. were the people in the study, their bodies were “normal” but it is in their head they are grotesque beings? Did they have body dysphoric disorder? was it warrented?


also, I do think riding a horse naked, if you are a woman is to hygienic. and hiking “in the buff” sounds like you can get hurt easier.

By colleen on May 03, 2013 at 6:18am

well, I certainly can see what your saying about being naked, and sure…it has its place…....... but winter in BC,mosquito season… Or bareback horseback riding??  or men..a sunburned hoo hoo…..aahhhhh NO thank you.

By Jay on May 03, 2013 at 10:32am

It sure is obvious that some of the above postings have a few hang-ups about their bodies, and other deep embedded issues.  If we have to look at many not-so-pleasant things in our clothed society—then we look the other way.  If you don’t want to see a person naked—look up or away. 

There are times for clothes—and there are times not for clothes.  In this “Land of the Free” USA where I live, we seem to have more and more laws everyday of what we can’t do.  Not so free anymore.   

Since I was laid-off from my job, I’m naked more than ever.  And when I do have to get dressed, I’m usually in a kilt, still able to hang free. 

Without a major multi-million-dollar study; I’m in a happier place.  My body feels healthier.  Many little physical issues that I had are gone.  (and the ‘boys’ are looking better than ever!)  Nudism—the choice to live as much of your life nude as possible—should be embraced as a personal freedom.  I’m sorry if you don’t like it, but that’s what Freedom is about. 

That’s my two-cents…  (I know some of you will be upset… sorry)

By NudePreston on May 03, 2013 at 11:00am

@NPP

Your argument is wrong. Intelligent people know that they are comfortable enough with themselves and relaxed enough in their body to let others see how they feel! Why would you want to hide your feelings and true self from others? In my experience that just leads to pain and misunderstanding. If you love yourself truly then you will not be afraid of judgement from others. You will accept it and work with it to help them one day feel as free as you wink

By Nick on May 03, 2013 at 2:04pm

Also it’s funny to read comments from people who are so dependent on clothes they can’t imagine life without them! All these barriers to freedom and happiness, when really it’s your fear that keeps you sad.

By Nick on May 03, 2013 at 2:07pm

While a lot of this article sounds like it’s just thrown together, rather disjointed, and the writing’s somewhat poor… I’ve still got to say, I’m surprised at the extremism in these comments.

Where did you see in the article that they suggested trekking through the snow in the buff? Where did you see this article suggested 100% nudity all the time? Color me deeply confused. Be intelligent, think for yourself, and wear clothing if you deem it necessary. Choose to go nude if and when you deem it a good idea. Strike a balance instead of gravitating toward extremes. Balance is necessary in every aspect of life.

It would be wonderful if clothing wasn’t forced upon us legally, and we were given the right to choose. I think I may be taking advantage of the legal status of female toplessness in my state some time.

To KNO - Being tolerant of something doesn’t mean you have to be comfortable with it. In fact, that’s a large part about what tolerance is: accepting something even when you’re not fond of it.

And on another note, tomorrow (May 4th) is World Naked Gardening Day! www.wngd.org

By Lucy on May 03, 2013 at 2:16pm

An inspiring article. If only everyone could try NUDE, this world would be a better place. And if we practiced NUDE, prehaps world peace?

By Paisley on May 03, 2013 at 4:17pm

To Lucy-I take no issue with it except for when it might conflict with the rights of others, and said so already. So, I’m done there. I also do not buy absurd comments such as rape disappearing if we were all naked. Seems highly doubtful given the record of the human race throughout history and before.

Isn’t that someone right to hide their feelings from others should they desire, and how can you understand what another is feeling and why? There are many, many reasons someone may be uncomfortable or just private. I support contextual nudism. I also support the rights of individuals to not wish to participate for whatever reason that may be. That means, not participating if one wishes and not seeing other’s nude if one wishes. I like to think any reasonable, tolerant individual would agree that is fair. I don’t care *why* someone wishes to do something or why they do not. Unless their exercising their rights infringes upon the freedoms of another, it’s fine. I can certainly imagine going nude. I have no great interest that way. It’s a *meh* moment for me.

I do find it interesting, as another noted and brought to my attention, that all the people displayed are quite attractive by human standards. No blemishes, no weight issues, no surgery scars, and so on. That is pretty misleading, as are many of the points this article attempts to make. I won’t belabor the point, as these things are fairly glaring.

By KNO on May 03, 2013 at 5:13pm

NEW in nudistism information and picture to placê my sefl

By Eleazar Martinez on May 03, 2013 at 6:04pm

My only concern about some of these findings is that there might be reverse causality at work. Would it not be a sound assumption that people with healthier body image attitudes are more likely to be nudists?

I’m not refuting the points here, mind you. The article is positive and many of its core assertions ring true.

By Ben on May 03, 2013 at 6:13pm

Hi KNO

First, just a minor point; we are Naturists not naturalists.  I don’t know where you get your estimate of 1 million Naturists worldwide from, but Ipsos-Mori conducted a survey in the UK in October 2011 and one of the findings was that 6% of the population identified themselves as a Naturist or nudist.  That’s 3.7 million in the UK alone!  The UK is not renowned as the most Naturist-friendly country in the world, most of the rest of Europe are more inclined towards Naturism than we are, so I think your estimate of 1 million worldwide is probably a bit out!  Before you challenge the validity of the survey, Ipsos-Mori are a highly renowned survey company who know very well what sample size and sample selection techniques to use to produce an answer in which you can have considerable confidence.  A lot of care was put into the design of the survey to ensure that it produced a valid result for this and the other factors it was seeking to study.

I didn’t say that Naturists don’t suffer from athlete’s foot, etc. and I did refer to the need to be naked/barefoot for an appreciable amount of time; something that even Naturists often don’t achieve (not all Naturists even go barefoot).  There are tribes who still live their lives naked and they have very low incidence of such infections.  Ask any medical specialist and they will tell you that clothes create the ideal conditions of moisture and warmth for such infections to thrive.

Naturists are tolerant people, we don’t force anyone to undress, so we believe we shouldn’t be forced to dress.  It’s as simple as that.  We are also sensible people; if the conditions are not right to be naked, e.g. too cold, we wear clothes.  All we ask is that when conditions are hot we would like our bodies to have the chance to regulate their temperature as nature intended without being hounded by those who’s personal hang-ups cause them to be prudish.  The more I learn about how our bodies react to changes in our environment the more I see that clothes mess up that process.

We use the term ‘liberating’ to describe the feeling, just as taking your shoes off at the end of the day feels liberating for your feet, that’s all.  It is not meant to imply anything negative about clothes.

I don’t use the “we are born naked” argument - we are also born incontinent!  I like the quip “If God had meant us to be naked we would have been born that way” but it is just an amusing quip, that’s all, it is not a valid argument.

Dietary vitamin D is a poor substitute and it is possible to overdose on it.  Not so with vitamin D production from sunlight - our bodies self regulate its production.  Serotonin cannot be taken directly as a dietary supplement and whilst diet can affect its production, it still needs sunlight.  It is lack of sunlight in Winter leading to lack of serotonin that is at the root of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).  I will bow to your superior knowledge of tick, you are right that I don’t have first-hand experience.

Where have I referred to “One group of teen nudists”?  I referred to teenage pregnancy rates in my original post but that was referring to rates in the population as a whole.  We have studied 14 different nations and observed a near perfect correlation (98%) between rates of teenage pregnancy, abortions, STI’s, sexual crime and eating disorders with attitudes towards nudity in those nations.  It is no small effect either with the US (at the prudish end of the scale) having rates of teenage pregnancy up to 10 times that of Denmark at the other end of the scale. The ratio is 70 to 1 for gonorrhoea between the same two countries.  Our study was even able to pick out the differences in attitudes and outcomes between England and Scotland.  None of this is studying nudists, it is studying the populations as a whole.  Yes I know correlation does not prove causation, but how would you explain it?

By Brian Taylor - British Naturism on May 03, 2013 at 7:42pm

we born nude and die nude than what is the fun being showing our richness is different type cloth for different occiaion but enternily we are nude to nature

By Sat Paul Likhi on May 04, 2013 at 2:58am

cheating death? like it’s possible… if not by disease, then we would die from assault. i thought that some of clothes design as “simple armor”. just try to sell this idea to police, so, instead of using kevlar vest, they would be nude, and then, one hit from air gun can harm their life…

By adam on May 04, 2013 at 6:13am

First, in response to Ben’s comment to being sexually stimulated at the sight of a naked woman, THANK YOU. Your honesty to the readers, but more importantly to yourself is a rare virtue.
There is always an underlying tone of sexuality at the sight of a naked woman (and yes, even more so than a naked man). The media is proof of this. It’s the biggest advertising tool in the industry. I’m not sure why, but it undeniable.

Second if the author of this article does not agree with this, then why are all of the naked bodies in the photos of young and physically fit bodies? Perhaps because they are more appealing and subliminally support the context of the article better?

I would like to see the responses if the bodies depicted in the article were of older and less appealing bodies. I’m 65 years old and very fit, but my body does not look anywhere near the appeal of the bodies used to support the article.

And Ben, you have a very lucky wife to have a man that is so honest, aware and cautious in his conduct.

By Theresa on May 04, 2013 at 6:28am

Brian wrote-“First, just a minor point; we are Naturists not naturalists”

Just a minor point. If a large bulk of the information on the internet, which self-identifies nudists as naturalists is wrong, and only naturist is correct, I cannot help that, and I’m surprised you did not know that. I’m not religiously dogmatic on either word. Of course, Naturist is used as well. I hope there is tolerance for people who use either or both. *shrug*

Put ‘naturalist’ in a search engine and see what comes up. I don’t plan on educating you on where I found that number, as I came here to be educated. I was hoping you could give me number and where they come from.

Another minor point-though the beginning of my reply was directed to you when I quoted you, much of the rest was not. I apologize for not clarifying.

I’m sorry you find dietary Vitamin D to be a ‘poor substitute’. Do you have any other suggestions in an area where it’s not unusual that it snows in June? Where today, during Naked Gardening Day, it’s likely to snow and be extremely cold?

I’d love to see the 6% figures and how the poll arrived at that number and the level at which on considers themself a Naturalist. I’d like to point out that I consider myself a Naturalist and enjoy being nude myself. There are likely levels of what is meant by individuals of what they mean by ‘I like being nude’.

If you’d like to attribute all the perceived negative information to the fact that Americans are ostensibly not nude, I apologize that I see a great deal into the mixture that goes far beyond that matter. The U.S.A. has many, many issues which I easily acknowledge, but to compare the two countries and arrive at a conclusion is by far a leap.

The claim (not yours Brian) that ‘if everyone were naked we’d have world peace’ seems ludicrous. As an animal species, we ostensibly started out nude. Ostensibly, a large part of the negative things that go on today occurred when we started out. We know that Lucy, one of our oldest fossil records, possibly met a murderous end. We know that it’s very likely Cro-Magnons murdered Neanderthals, who in turn murdered and cannibalized their own. No significant concentration in their culture on clothing. Naturist or Naturalist or Nudist, it is surprising that anyone would think that there was a panacea in being naked and ignore the darker side of human nature that has nothing to do with being clothed or unclothed.

By KNO on May 04, 2013 at 7:43am

My wife and I are nudist.  This didn’t just happen, it took a lot of soul searching - especially for my wife who suffered from pour body self-image.  Nonetheless, after one visit to a nude park my wife was able to fully let go of this ridiculous notion.  There is no place on earth more excepting or less judgmental than at a nudist recreational area.

The thing I find most curious about nudist, is the fact that so many are over 40 - I wonder why it is that when we are in our prime we are so concerned with our bodies but then, only after we have had time to live in them, that we can really just let go and enjoy them.

As for the moron that stated if we were all nude we would be more apt to workout and stay fit - obviously you are a shallow person with a terrible self-image.  I think you would benefit from nudism more than most.  The whole point of nudist is to just accept the body you are in and by doing so you will accept others.

Of course, it is always nice to see a beautiful person (dressed or clothes) but this will not incite a rape as one person has suggested.  Rape is a crime of hate, not sex.  There was once a time when seeing a woman’s ankle was considered tantalizing, later the two-piece was considered scandalous, then it was the thong… time after time, we all became jaded because it became the norm.  The old adage, “it is sexy to conceal than reveal” still holds true, sex begins in the mind, what we can’t see we obsess over.  It’s like being told to think of anything other than a “PINK ELEPHANT”!  Now all you can think of is that damned elephant.  Sexual repression is that same thing.

Last word on the subject, being nude in public is exhilarating - the first time you strip away your clothes is just as exciting as skydiving (literally)!  It will be a memory you recall for years to come.  See my story here: http://eccentricexplorer.blogspot.com/2013/04/no-luggage-needed-vacationing-in-buff.html

Nonetheless, when everyone else is nude with you, you eventually relax and you stop thinking about your body and just start enjoying the freedom.

By BigBryan on May 04, 2013 at 7:56am

While 6% is a greater number than 1 million, the assertion that Naturalism is in the minority is still upheld.
As for the U.S. being ‘prudish’ I offer this: “But naturists argue that, as a part of the taxpaying community, some public space should be set aside for them. A recent national Roper poll, one of the two largest independent polling companies in the U.S., said 80 percent of the U.S. public agrees that it is okay to have a nude beach, as long as it is marked by a sign. 25 percent of adults polled said they’d gone skinny-dipping in mixed company at least once in their life.” http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2004/07/0721_040721_tvnude_2.html I’d say 80% (of which I am one) is far from ‘prudish’. I also see a lot of ‘as nudist, we think this’ or ‘we think that’. I don’t think that a general statement applies in all cases, nor do I wish to think like anyone simply for the sake of agreement. I absolutely would love to see World Peace. It’s something we have never seen in the human species, clothed or not.

By KNO on May 04, 2013 at 8:06am

I’m a healthy male. I know it’s not supposed to happen but what happens if it does happen? Are there any cases where it did happen?

By Charlie Sitzes on May 04, 2013 at 8:51am

I’ve been to a nude swimming pool a few times. It was okay, but pretty much a *meh* moment to me. I’ll go back too if I get the opportunity, but more for the building than the magical experience of swimming in the buff. lol If someone gets some thrill from it, fine by me. I, for one who has had the experience, don’t see the big deal. I could have the same amount of fun with shorts on, though I didn’t experience any discomfort worth recollection.

By KNO on May 04, 2013 at 9:58am

I really didn’t want to start an argument over Naturist/naturalist and I still don’t, but I feel hurt by the last part of your comment KNO: “If a large bulk of the information on the internet, which self-identifies nudists as naturalists is wrong, and only naturist is correct, I cannot help that, and I’m surprised you did not know that.”

I do know that it is a common mistake and one I’m sure naturalists are heartily sick of!  What comes up in a search engine is simply a reflection of peoples mistakes.  I am simply trying to correct that mistake where I come across it.  Given that others have posted links, even if they don’t get hyperlinked, here is my case:
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/naturalist
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/naturist

It is not I who find dietary vitamin D a poor substitute, I based that on what I have read from health professionals.  Did you know that vitamin D is not actually a vitamin at all - it is a hormone:
http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.co.uk/2008/10/vitamin-d-its-not-just-another-vitamin.html

I’m not sure what you mean by “I’d love to see the 6% figures…”.  6% of the respondents to a poll about Naturism identified themselves as either a Naturist or a nudist in the last question of that poll that would have left them in now doubt what these terms meant.  As I said before this poll was conducted by a well respected polling organisation using a statistically significant sample size given that we were expecting low percentages for some of the questions (including this question - we were surprised by it being as high as 6%).  The actual methods used to conduct the poll including how subjects were found to take part was all carefully designed to achieve a representative cross-section of the whole of UK society, including a geographical spread.  This was not some cheap-and-nasty internet poll!

How big does a minority have to be to get a voice?  In the UK 6% are Naturists it seems and 3.5% are Muslims (figure taken from a Muslim website).

It is interesting to note the 80% in your later post - on what do you base this?  As it happens the self same poll (as well as a similar one in 2001) supports your figure.  81% considered Naturism “Harmless” and 9% even considered it “sensible” (the question was mutually exclusive so I often say that 90% consider it harmless or even sensible.)  Also your figure of 25% having skinny-dipped was exactly the result our poll got.

We were not comparing just the USA and Denmark, as I said before, we compared 14 different nations in all.

I agree with you regarding outlandish claims that Naturism will cure all the world’s ills - of course it won’t.  I’m sorry to say I have no bright ideas regarding world naked gardening day in the snow, or snow in June!  Where on earth are you?

By Brian Taylor - British Naturism on May 04, 2013 at 10:52am

@barry
If you don’t get excited seeing a naked woman, you should see a doctor;suggestion sex therapist or Viagra; pity your wife unless she is 400lbs

By David on May 04, 2013 at 11:26am

How come that guy in the picture was wearing socks and tennis shoes? Don’t his feet deserve air time?
Sorry folks, I like to leave much to the imagination - no sense in taking the fun out of it by having it all spill out at once.

By e lizard on May 04, 2013 at 12:25pm

For KNO and Brian Taylor, arguing about Naturalist/naturist: A naturalist is someone who studies nature: a biologist, botanist or zoologist.

By themanbeyond on May 04, 2013 at 4:03pm

This is actually a very quantum natured taboo. It has to sides at the same time.

Those who oppose nuditism are completely missing the point. See that clothes are a lie(well not in arctic or subarctic territories). We are the only species in the world to use clothes. other lifer forms may have a resemblance of clothes, ie shell or little sand peas glued together with gluey like saliva. but those are just evolutionary testing of the survival of the species, not critical or subcritical thinking called human nature. (majority of the humans)

Here we come to the human egotism (yes everyone has a little ego inside them, its just your choice who is the master, every, single, second, planklenght, subconscioussness vibration.) If one wants to attain self mastery there is 3 possibilities.(later) Now understanding that human nature and egoism goes very well together. If one is now told that his/hers moment of self control is the egoism, the very first thing you come to realize when you have puberty on. Clothes are used as a tool to make a egoistic message. This is how I am. Look at meee! or me or i prefer not to be looked at all. Depends on the learnt quality of self personhood of the prime ego.

You can use clothes to be an egotic, use them to protect from enviromental hazards, but sanitary argument is almost an indvalid one.
Human clothes are actually very poorly designed from enviromental hazards - or you’ve paid a fortune in hiring someone do it or DIY.

Actually it would be rather interesting to see what human society would be like if nudity would be praised. I think we’ve had actually less problems as a society.

By Cpt. Obvious on May 04, 2013 at 4:10pm

This is what I call the balls in the court.

By Bobette on May 04, 2013 at 6:29pm

Hi e lizard.  Because Naturists have to wear clothes most of the time, e.g. at work or in the supermarket, etc., our feet are no harder than non-naturists.  So for running around a tennis court we have to wear tennis shoes just like anyone else otherwise it would probably hurt!

Having said that I do know some Naturists who go barefoot whenever they can and they do have tougher feet as a consequence, but that is unusual.

By Brian Taylor - British Naturism on May 04, 2013 at 7:46pm

Of course healthier, nudity is nature like;but urbanization,civilization…doesn’t allow us to be nude. Natural point of view clothing is a sin, but mankind ,our cultural progression forced us to be clothed.

By Mohiuddin Ahmed on May 04, 2013 at 8:45pm

Firstly it drops you ego…

it gives you an idea that you are beyond body ....

it helps you to understand nature of GOD….

it provide you power and enlarge your confidence….

it makes you psychologically brave and make you healthy

it also help you to upgrade your life by showing your weakness and dullness of body

By mady on May 05, 2013 at 12:23am

This article contains too many items of suspect, such as the Furry Norway Rat vs. the Naked Mole Rat example. Let us for one moment think that correlation implies causation (which it does not at all), the names of the rats, one being furry and the other naked, cannot be a legitimate analogy between humans with clothes and humans without clothes in our cultured society. Additionally for all we know, the Furry Norway Rat has ten times the number of predators trying to make a meal out of it (besides other effects that would determine lifespan). I fully think that nudity has some potential benefits, but let us not mix pseudoscience into it and claim that we now have the way to make humans life longer.

By Dillon on May 05, 2013 at 6:23am

Hi, this is Hank Pellissier, the author.

Dillon - the Naked Mole Rat - I clearly prefaced that reference with “just joking!”
You didn’t read my article carefully at all.

You also say my article mixes in “pseudoscience” ?  WHERE?  Dillon, my article references 4 University studies,

http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/3812606?uid=3739560&uid=2&uid=4&uid=3739256&sid=21102160066611

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18686157

http://o2binsxm.com/childrenandsocialnudity.htm

http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/270/Suppl_1/S117.full.pdf

Did you follow those links, and read the evidence? No, you didn’t
Have you provided readers with any counter-evidence to what I have provided?
No, you didn’t.

Dillon, the only “pseudoscientist” in this discussion isn’t me, it’s You.

By Giovanni Santostasi on May 05, 2013 at 9:30am

i don’t think the article pushes the concept of constant nudity.  Naturally, cold climates would requre clothes; certain activities and sports would require protecting delicate body parts; good hygiene would be necessary (clothes or not, for that matter). Yet, the feeling of shedding clothes the second I come in my door and being freely nude is so liberating (except when cooking bacon…lol).  I would be naked outside except I live in a subdivision with easy observation from my neighbors who might be offended.  Long live swinging free and loose.

By GT Fain on May 05, 2013 at 9:56am

Personally for me, I have always held nakedness as a sacred sharing between me and my husband. I found it to create a richness of our intimacy that public nudity would have desensitized us to. I see nothing wrong with public nudity for the sake of freedom. But in all honesty, living in a society that is highly conditioned with “sex sells’, such naked innocence is rare.

I have attended many clothing optional festivals and I have closely observed the reactions and interactions of those who chose to be naked. I have witnessed men become aroused at the sight of young beautiful (naked) women. I have witnessed women giggle at the sight of certain men. I believe that once a person reaches puberty, hormones have more power of his or her thoughts than they may want to admit. I feel that being naked is a state of vulnerability (especially in a society that values sex appeal and fitness over virtues and character). With all due respect, I don’t hold much credibility in studies. I know from first hand experience that many studies are flawed and biased, based on the source conducting the study and the conditioning of the participants. Personally I find, objective observation as a more accurate understanding.

In my 26 years of marriage, I have found that the preservation of intimacy has been very successful by keeping this “vulnerable state” private and sacred between my husband and myself. Perhaps if we lived in a society that was not conditioned by the visual appeal it would be different, but I feel we have to be realistic. For what ever reason we have evolved to this state, we have to accept and respect the reality of the situation. Ideally, it would perfect if we could rise above the superficial conditioning of visual judgment, but until we can collectively release ourselves from judgment, there will always be higher potential for skewed thoughts in the context of public nudity than with those who are clothed.

I thank you for this forum, and for the opportunity to consider all different views on this subject, because even though I have my own thoughts on this, it is the respect and consideration of diversity that keeps this world going.

By Theresa on May 05, 2013 at 10:35am

Get ‘em Hank!  Freaking seudo-intellectuals make me sick.

By Toe Tags and Tequila on May 05, 2013 at 10:45am

Thanks for this great article. As for health benefits I have experienced some of them but I am also satisfied with how naturism gave some better insights on people in general. You can tell a lot about a person from the way one treats it’s own body. I admire relaxed and self confident people both in life and on the beaches.
Great comments I have read here, but just like other forums that I have visited, there is no single word on one of the most important benefits body can have from being naked in the sun.
Under our panties lie the greatest energy chargers we can imagine. It is recommended that everyone exposes private parts to mild sun rays 10 minutes per day in order to ‘recharge batteries’ and reduce accumulated stress. ‘The charging’ is done by sun, wind, water waves – directly and without interference like swim ware of any kind. Naturists find this very relaxing and satisfying without even knowing why they like it so much. They just use the greatest energies planet can offer and they are grateful for the purifying and recovering. This has nothing to do with sex, of course.
The other benefit is considered swim suits. Every kind of textile on beaches is wet most of the time. I don’t have to tell you how cold textile affects our internal organs and what draw back this represents. I am surprised every time when I see men with unreasonable large shorts up to the knees and I can always imagine sticky coldness inside them. Besides, this leaves half dark and half pale skin color after. I love solid body color in any case.
I agree for being nude only on special places of course, with paying attention to the rules that goes with it.
‘Live an let live’ is how I can describe this all.

By Epanui on May 05, 2013 at 2:33pm

Agree with much in article. However, there are several downsides given the obesity epidemic.

By Richard Ballerand on May 05, 2013 at 4:45pm

Theresa: I understand your viewpoint, especially in society as it is today.  Such naked innocence is indeed rare, but that makes it all the more valuable when it does occur, such as in Naturism.  There is an irony in your comments:

“Ideally, it would perfect if we could rise above the superficial conditioning of visual judgment, but until we can collectively release ourselves from judgment, there will always be higher potential for skewed thoughts in the context of public nudity than with those who are clothed.”

The irony is that this is exactly what Naturism does. From our perspective it is the non-naturists who are guilty of exactly the kind of skewed thoughts of which you speak.  We see this time and again in the comments made about us.  Even we, as ‘textiles’ for much of our time, feel the superficial conditioning of visual judgement when clothed - that is the very thing we leave behind when we take those clothes off in the company of other Naturists.

I cannot comment on your past experience of clothes optional festivals - I assume you are talking about the likes of Glastonbury - as I have never been to one.  I suspect that the atmosphere is somewhat different from the typical Naturist beach, club or event and it may also be that the majority of those going naked at such events were doing so for the first time and therefore approached it still with a clothed mindset.

As for intimacy with your partner then this is where I obviously have to respect what works for you.  Many Naturist couples find that Naturism helps the intimacy in their relationship because of the body-confidence gained by the lack of superficial visual judgement in social nudity mentioned earlier.  Intimacy then becomes all about mutual understanding, closeness and touch.  Naturists expect such intimacy to be private just as much as any sector of society.

By Brian Taylor - British Naturism on May 06, 2013 at 3:04am

I am in UK. Would like to become member and want to participate in the events.

By Yuvaraj Aravindan on May 06, 2013 at 7:14am

Oh nice, soon people will fornicate on the streets and it will be something really normal smile

By Jake Murdakh on May 06, 2013 at 2:05pm

Sorry Hank, but this is too good to ignore:

Hi Yuvaraj Aravindan, just go to www.bn.org.uk for more info.

By Brian Taylor - British Naturism on May 06, 2013 at 4:43pm

@Jake Murdakh:  Why do you think that if people are naked in front of other people, that it will inevitably lead to sexual intercourse in public?  I have been naked in front of many people at workshops I attend.  Hundreds of naked people NOT having sexual intercourse.  Talking, having lunch, confiding in each other, dancing to music, telling jokes,—everything people wearing clothes do.  Can YOU really NOT control yourself?

By Ruth in California on May 06, 2013 at 4:54pm

In warmer climates, this would be a fantastic idea, however, it is pretty far fetched to believe that we could possibly stop making fabric. much of the human inhabited land is too cold to walk around naked. clothing is necessary to keep up one’s core temperature.

By broc on May 06, 2013 at 5:15pm

Ok

By C.T.G. on May 06, 2013 at 5:32pm

I must admit I get irritated at folks that complain that so many of those at nude or naturist events are either ugly, fat, or old …and who wants to look at that!

First, what makes you think these folks are there for your viewing pleasure.
Second, NOBODY looks like famous models, entertainers, or porn stars, not even them.
Third, you miss the whole point, the idea is to be more accepting of of all body types. If you can’t do that I feel sorry for you and those you associate with.
Fourth, do you seriously believe that if you are less attractive, overweight, or older that no one has noticed. Getting naked is a great way to get over it, the people that count don’t care.

By Dick Eigenraam on May 06, 2013 at 8:43pm

Totally agree! Though I would have to be a bit careful about sunburn from time to time as I spend a lot of time outdoors!

I would also make an exception for some of my outdoor activities such as using the chainsaw!

Seriously as a massage practitioner and aromatherapist I really do agree that the natural state does us so much good.

By Dave Jackson on May 07, 2013 at 2:59am

Hey everyone especially the guy Dave who said “If you don’t get excited seeing a naked woman, you should see a doctor;suggestion sex therapist or Viagra; pity your wife unless she is 400lbs”

Nude is not lewd, sexual or pornographic and if you view it as such then please go get some mental help in order to learn to control your uncontrolable urges for the safety of us all.
It is called holding your thoughts captive. Just because I see a nude human be it male or female doesn’t mean that I am going to immediately get excited over it and chase him/her, throw them to the ground and have my way with them. The only people who would do such dastardly deeds are those who have no self control and it is they who need some serious mental help if not even be locked away from ssociety because they are a danger to everyone.

By Maurice Smith on May 07, 2013 at 5:08am

I love the article, and one of my friends even shared it on facebook as he is a nudity advocate, and then he gets banned from Facebook for a week for posting a link to this article.The world makes me furious sometimes.

By Crystal on May 07, 2013 at 4:48pm

This article was interesting to read.  Most of what it says seems to be logically valid, and it is, but there are some over-looked problems.  One of the MAIN reasons people wear clothes has nothing to do with hiding our bodies, but the weather.  I doubt ANYONE would go nude in cold, snowy, rainy weather.  Clothes provide warms among other things.  Clothes also provide protection and a way to store things.  That’s what pockets are for; seeing as we don’t have natural pockets, we need clothes with them.  Another example is hiking, which are what HIKING boots are for… without them our feet would be cut up and bruised.  Imagine walking around on most of the surfaces of the outside world on a daily basis.  And not to mention the thing about Vitamin D.  As much as clothes prevents us from getting enough of that, it protects us from the Sun’s rays which can cause skin CANCER.  That’s what sunscreen is for.  Going completely nude would not be a very sanity or beneficial thing to do.  Going fully nude needs to stay a recreational activity for fun and the experience.  We created clothes for a reason, most of the Earth’s environments are not ideal for the human body.  But this was a fun article to read regardless.

By Gerald Cook on May 08, 2013 at 11:22pm

I like the advertisement, and we came to this planet without clothing, and we can find nature loves all of us in the skin we all were born in.

By Bobette on May 09, 2013 at 8:55am

@Gerald Cook,

You say that you “doubt anyone would go nude in cold, snowy or rainy weather” That is not true, there are people in all climes who prefer to be nude no matter the weather and you would be absolutely amazed at how much more quickly the body can regulate its temperature without clothing, I am rarely cold even in the winter and that is without turning my thermostat past 68 in the winter. Do they provide some protections againt the elements? Sure they do, but are the actually needed? For the most part the answer is no.

Pockets? They make fanny packs or other items in which you can carry your stuff, pockets are not needed, they are a luxury.

You say that “we absolutely must wear HIKING boots on our feet or risk our feet getting cut up and bruised.” That is another falsehood and you speaking without any education on the subject. There are tribes the world over that NEVER wear anything on their feet. The barefoot is actually more beneficial for you because they are not being bound up and held in unnatural positions such as you would find happening when bound up by whatever material you would like to house them in (cloth, leather or other manmade material) We have become so accustomed to having something on our feet that the skin has become weak and thin. If a person learns to go barefoot more often than not, the soles and skin of their feet will start toughening up dramatically.

You talk about skin cancer. There was a recent study published in the BBC News about it which I will gladly post here for you to read at your own pleasure so that you can start learning how to educate yourself. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-22433359

You say we created clothes for a reason and you are correct. If you believe in the bible at all please go read Genesis Chapter 3 verse 7. We humans created clothes because sin entered the world and we became ashamed that we were nude. Remember God created nudist and sinners created clothes.

By Maurice Smith on May 09, 2013 at 11:26am

Ok, I’ve seen a lot of good comments on here, but I keep seeing several that are based on misinformation.  So as a long time nudist I feel I should clarify a few things.

First, as nudists we aren’t trying to say clothes are bad, or that you should never wear them.  We’re intelligent, not idiots and realize that clothes have a place when it’s cold, we need protection, etc.  But we prefer to Not wear them whenever it’s appropriate, with the key word ‘appropriate’. 

And yes, clothes provide a way to store things, but we don’t always need to ‘store’ things if we think about it.  And there’s other ways of carrying those things, such as our cell phone, keys etc.  Women can still carry a purse, or men a fanny pack, bags, etc. 

As for hiking, I’ve hiked MANY times in nothing but Sandals, NEVER any hiking boots and have never injured my feet.  And at the end of the hike my feet aren’t sweaty and smelly.  It’s much healthier wearing open types of shoes as far as athletes foot, nail fungus etc.  Shoes provide a perfect breeding ground for those nasty things, and sandals don’t.  I’ve found that by always wearing sandals I become VERY aware of my bare feet and walk much more carefully than when I wore shoes so I seldom injure my feet at all, and am much more comfortable.

Nudity and sex.  It’s really ridiculous to think that we can’t be naked without it being sexual.  Nudists have evolved in their thinking and realize that nudity does not mean we are looking for sex.  I’ve been around hundreds of nudists, often 60 or 70 at a time, and have Never seen anyone getting erections, or acting inappropriately, though I can’t say the same thing for clothed beaches as there’s often more inappropriate behavior at clothed beaches than nude resorts.  Nudists have Rules of Etiquette, and one rule is No Inappropriate sexual behavior in public areas.  Anyone breaking these rules would be quickly removed from the nudist resort or group.  And yes, men, you can look at naked women and not get aroused, IF you don’t let yourself lust over a woman, just because she’s naked.  Newcomers find that within 10 minutes or so, the nudity becomes a non issue and you are just relaxed, comfortable and feel safer than at a clothed beach.

Now that’s not to say that we men can’t look at a woman and find her attractive.  But if you let yourself start thinking things like how you’d like to have sex with her, etc, then you need to learn to control your thoughts.  How about thinking about how it would be nice to get to know that person first, even if you’re both single.  Once you’re around a lot of naked people, you tend to quickly get over oogling at all the naked bodies.  Hard to believe for many, but I’ve seen it and read it to many times.

Nudists are very Non Judgmental and accept others of all body types.  It’s so sad that others feel that if someone doesn’t have the ‘perfect’ body, then they should never be seen naked.  There are no perfect bodies, and those who think they have one, are to hung up on themselves.  We should judge others on who they are, not what their body looks like.  We judge so quickly in this society and that’s sad.  It’s one of my favorite things about the nudist lifestyle, people are so much less judgmental because we are all putting our most vulnerable selves out there amongst others.  And when we find out that we are not judged by our bodies, it’s incredibly liberating.  And no, I’m not overweight, and do have an athletic body, but I know that doesn’t make be better than others who are heavy and it’s still liberating that others don’t pick apart your body, which we have very little control over anyway.  And I friend people of all body types, sexual orientations, races, etc. 

Nudists are simply ordinary people doing ordinary things, but without clothes, when appropriate and safe.

By Guy Purcella on May 09, 2013 at 11:32am

Thats the bigest load of BS I have ever heard!

By Jay on May 09, 2013 at 6:16pm


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