What to do, what to say if someone finds out that I’m a naturist?
This question is a
pretty classic one among new or aspiring naturists. While naturism is a way of life
shared by millions, the stigma attached to it is very present. Associating nudity
with sexuality is obvious in our society. If naturists know that our art of life
has no sexual connotation, the image is sometimes difficult to erase in the
collective unconscious. Here are some ideas for proudly accepting the look of
others and demonstrating the values of naturism.
People don’t care!
Others don’t care.
Whether you’re a naturist, a hiker or a choral singer, nobody gives it a damn.
Not that your passion, your profession or your lifestyle interests anybody. Usually,
however, the people you meet will continue to live their lives without worrying
many other subjects, often challenges ideas. We’re responsible, us naturists, to
tell what it is and is not. But don’t worry too much! Assume that most of the
people you say you’re a naturist won’t care. They will be almost always
astonished, they’ll grin sometimes, and will rarely be shocked. However, you
will have a great opportunity to speak about naturism.
You’re a naturist, so what?
Naturism is a
natural, normal and very healthy lifestyle. Here’s, for the record, the official
definition of naturism: “Naturism is a way of life in harmony with nature
characterised by the practice of communal nudity intending to encourage
self-respect, respect for others and for the environment.”
As we can see, this
definition is simple and nice. You and other naturists don’t necessarily adhere
to this definition, yet it’s simple and full of common sense. Some practice naturism
for the wellbeing it provides, others to be in communion with nature, others
for its community side. However, by spending some time in a naturist place, we
soon realize that the keyword is well “Respect.” Are you a naturist? Respect is
probably a value you agree on. It’s a strength!
Proud to be a naturist
Naturism is a beautiful
art of life that puts the human at its core. Naturists are often kinder and more
open than non-naturists. That is due to the fact that naturists don’t judge others
on their appearance. Naked, we have nothing to hide. Our body flaws are
visible, exposed. We become vulnerable, that’s what makes naturism beautiful
Naturism must be
a pride, nudity its standard. The naked body is our natural clothing. Society
and its morals sexualized the naked body. A small child will naturally dispose
of his or her clothes for frolic. It’s only by inculcating the shame of his
body that he or she will keep his or her clothes. Embracing naturism and keeping
nudity natural and normal, he or she will become an adult who is comfortable
with his or her body and accept it as it is.
letting others discover that you’re a naturist, tell it. Be upfront! Here are
some ideas. You’re invited to a barbecue with friends who have a swimming pool.
Ask them if they’re bothered if you bathe naked. You arrive at an AirBnB or
other rental property, ask your hosts if they’re okay for you to stay naked in
the garden or in the pool. You invite friends to your home for a lunch in the
garden and an afternoon at the pool, inform them that you will be naked and that
they can do the same. In other words, talk about your naturism. You’re not
risking anything but a polite refusal. In any case, you create an opportunity
to speak and share naturism.
So, if somebody finds
out you’re a naturist, confirm it with pride. Naturism embraces the respect of
oneself, others and the environment. It’s an art of life that we need to share.
So, before somebody finds out you’re a naturist, take the lead, say it, share
it and let the magic operate.
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