socialize in non sexual manners. Examples of naturist conduct include, skinny dipping, bare
resort tasks, in addition to clothing optional beaches. Although Naturism is the modem day
term for nudism, both are used interchangeably. One might inquire, what’s the difference
general, refers to ‘1he lack of clothing,” whereas nudism itself is a social activity
comprised of organized groups of people.1 The term used in modem society now is
Naturist. According to Herbert Webb the writer of a pamphlet titled Why Nudism, nudism
is: “The practice of going bare socially: that’s in mixed groups of both sexes and all ages,
for the sake of well-being and relaxation or other circumstances that makes it convenient and
Agreeable to do thus; constantly provided that those people who are naked don’t expose themselves to
view of those who are not nudists or who’d be violated therefore.”
D. 0. Cauldwell, in Nudism and the Truth about Nudists, asserts that, “Nudism is
the practice, under proper circumstances, of going without clothes.
University Press, 1964), 21.
followed in the seclusion of the dwelling, among members of precisely the same gender, among members of
opposite genders, or among groups including entire families and representing all ages.”
“The practice of going naked in the belief that such practice gains health.” 3
Although this definition might seem vague, nudists/Naturists maintain that nudism
does indeed enhance one’s mental, physical, and spiritual wellbeing. Nudism is complete freedom to
express oneself without being judged on physical looks, kinds of clothing one
chooses to wear, or social class. Nudism/Nudism includes having respect for oneself,
others, and our surroundings.
Nudism/Nudism isn’t sexual, contrary to what some people in our society still
Consider. It is not a form of exhibitionism, as nudists/Naturists usually do not flaunt themselves for
the goal of transgressing, or getting a reaction from others. Also, there is absolutely no signs
that nudism/Naturism, is harmful to children. 4
While this thesis explores Nudism in the United States, it is important to touch
briefly upon the differing views of nudism in other regions of the world. Europe, for
example, is more open to nudism than the United States. For instance, France and Greece
are known for topless sunbathing.
revealed 40% of women visited a beach topless sooner or later within their lives, and just 7%
A Harris poll conducted in the early 1980’s
reported 86% of French people favor nude beaches. Greece has an acceptable outlook
towards nudism also. A public opinion poll conducted in 1982 found 65% of the Greek
population preferred laws for starting four fkk facilities.
Rio de Janeiro is famous
for its naked dancers at the Carnival parade, and France for the nude dancers at the Moulin
In fact, at the Carnival, it really is an honour to be among the topless dancers.
Looking at the extreme opposite, in states such as India, women must dress in a saris to
keep their skin covered. This is necessitated because some body parts, like the ankles and
upper arms, are considered to be sexual. Muslim countries have strict dress codes for
Most female American
journalists traveling to those states have a tendency to dress as the traditional Muslim women do.
However, if non-fundamentalist, Arabs tend to be What is the most courageous thing Ive done bare? Well, thats a long story . Additionally, Muslim countries such as
Mghanistan are starting to liberate some.
celebrated in the roads by throwing off their head and face coverings.
American approaches towards public nudity and nudism have changed almost no over
the years. Some individuals however find it repulsive and offensive for a mom to breast feed her
Kid in public. Oddly enough, our perspectives concerning sexual conduct continue to become
more liberalized. 6 For example, premarital sex is more common nowadays and does not carry the
Blot as in the past cast shame and guilt chiefly among girls. I believe the most awkward one happened soon after we were married. falls into the category of an alternative lifestyle instead of an unusual or curious
personality disorder. The truth is, it is no longer enrolled in the Diagnostic and Data
Guide (DSMIV) book of mental and psychological disorders. Our cable TV stations and
magazines are plastered with sexually explicit movies and ads. Our beaches are
frequented by men and females clad in skimp attire, including thongs. Teens sport bare
midriffs with belly button rings and low rise jeans.
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