An Introduction

As a nudist I find no shame in my or anyone else’s nude body. To the contrary, I find the nude body one of the most beautiful expressions of our humanness, a celebration of our connection with nature and with each other. As Walt Whitman reminds us, it is not nakedness that is indecent, “It is your thought, your sophistication, your fear, your respectability, that is indecent. There come moods when these clothes of ours are not only too irksome to wear, but are themselves indecent.” Whitman’s words truly speak to me. We are taught to believe our bodies are unnatural and must be hidden from view. Little children care not whether they are dressed. We must not be like little children, we are taught. I would ask, why? Nothing is finer on a hot day then to feel the sun and the breeze on your skin, to be truly free and naked in this great world of ours.

What of our fellow beings who insist on wearing those indecent clothes? Should we as nudist force ourselves to cloak ourselves in this indecency to avoid “offending” those others? Unscientific polls within nudist venues usually point to an overwhelming response of yes, as nudists we must not offend those who find our (and their) naked bodies offensive. By doing so nudists are buying into the same oppression which forces the majority of Amerika to see their bodies as dirty, offensive, disgusting, and obscene. If we as nudists truly believe our bodies are not offensive we should not worry about offending others, because as Father Whitman tells us, it is their thought which is indecent, not our bodies. We are not forcing our nudity on them any more then they are forcing their clothing tyranny on us.

If we buy into these discriminatory and oppressive institutions then we are no better than those who would oppress us. We must learn to recognize these systems which seek to negate our humanity and work towards constructing new ways to resist them. We will not achieve resistance or change by mainstreaming. Some would suggest markers indicating our success can be seen by the growth of the nudist “industry”. I can see no such success when we are still segregated and nudist options are only available to the wealthy who can afford to partake in this “growing” industry. True success will only come when nudist recreational options are open to all, everywhere, regardless of ability to pay. When our bodies, and nudism, are seen as wholesome, natural alternatives and not something to titillate. When women, people of color, and queer folk feel comfortable (safe) enough to participate without the necessity of artificially imposed gender quotas to create a false sense of security for some.

We who see the necessity of wearing coverings on warm summer days as indecent should be willing to stand up for what we consider decent and wholesome, our bodies, our humanity, our selves. Only then will we begin to experience change and success for everyone.
nudewoody nudewoody
51-55, M
1 Response Jul 11, 2010

Well said my friend....well said!<br />
If I had my way weather and comfort permitting, I would never wear clothes again. They pinch, they bind, have to be washed, repaired and replaced, and the dyes are often unhealthy as well. In fact there are probably more reasons not to wear clothes than to wear them. As a collector of video and a student of human behavior, it is apparent to me that more people are on the fence or are secretly envious of the idea of social nudity than are vehemently against it. Mostly the enemy is fear, fear of reprisal, at work, friends, social stigma and so on. One these fears are dealt with our secret naked self can come out and play. Mankind is the only living thing on this planet that wears clothes, the only one that is capable of self inflicted shame, has silly and groundless concepts of ethic's and morality.<br />
A dog for instance doesn't sit around worrying if he's wearing pants, or does that pair of socks match his outfit. Does the cat, rabbit or wolf worry about make-up and fashion trends?<br />
Guman beings have lost their connection to nature and their place in it. Social nudism, naked hiking, work, sports or whatever you do would be far better done nude. It is this realization that can bing us back once more to our knowledge and place in the natural world again.<br />