The Truth About Nudists
A nudist is an individual who enjoys the feeling of not wearing any clothes on. Contrary to popular belief, nudists are neither social pariahs nor daring exhibitionists. They can be your next door neighbor, a colleague or a respectable figure in the community. The movement is well-known but not commonly accepted. Although not widely accepted, there are numerous areas around the world where fellow enthusiasts can get together without any clothes or inhibitions.
Nudism is a philosophy which advocates the freedom to move in public and private places with no clothes on. Some do it out of curiosity while others make it part of their lifestyle. It is often confused with the naturism movement although there are stark differences between the two concepts. Naturism involves a variety of philosophies which embrace nature and respect individual rights. Nudism is only a small part of the naturism movement.
What makes a nudist different from an exhibitionist is how they see the human body. Exhibitionists are turned on by how certain body parts look or the way they are packaged or clothed. Some individuals would argue that certain types of skimpy clothes can attract more attention as they place emphasis on certain parts of the body. For a nudist, seeing a person in the buff is like seeing a person fully clothed. People are accepted whatever shape they are in. They can walk around complete of warts and any other imperfections without the fear of being judged.
There are many types of nudism. Individual and family nudism involves practicing nudity in the comforts of one's home or personal space. This can be done alone, with a significant partner or with close relatives. There is continued debate on whether this type of nudism includes parents appearing naked in front of their kids and whether this should be allowed. In some cultures, the act of parents bathing with their children is acceptable until the child reaches the age of six. From this moment on, the child may start exhibiting feelings of awkwardness or reservation towards seeing other people without any clothes on.
Social nudism is another type. As the name implies, a nudist gets together with fellow enthusiasts in a facility which allows the activity. This includes nudist beaches, bed and breakfast areas, resorts and community centers among others.
Finding nude beaches can be a challenge, but not impossible for savy nudists. There are certain areas where a nudist can feel accepted. In some regions, patrons are given the option of enjoying the area with or without wearing any clothes. This is true for countries such as Denmark and Germany where specific areas have been allocated have been labeled as clothing optional spaces. Individuals interested in walking nude around a public area should do the research first. Do a background check to see what local laws are in place regarding nudism or naturism. An easier way is to search online for nude-friendly sites and locations.
For individuals who have never gone to a nude beach or a similar type of area before but wish to give it a go, look for places that are clothing optional. These are places which allow both clothed and nudists. It gives first timers the assurance that they can get clothed again if they feel uncomfortable with the experience.