One of the great advantages of the likes of Vera Playa and Cap d’Agde in France is that a piece of land has been set aside for naturists to be naked in public. This includes hotels, cafes, shops and beaches where being naked is perfectly legal and can be done outside in a safe environment. However, a bigger debate is happening where naturists are attempting to have the right to be able to be naked in a public space without fear of prosecution from the local police. This could be for something very simple as doing a bit of gardening on your own property or taking your rubbish to the bins.
A great example is my Twitter picture –
According to the Crown Prosecution Service – “In the case of naturism a balance needs to be struck between the naturist’s right to freedom of expression and the right of the wider public to be protected from harassment, alarm and distress. In the absence of any sexual context and in relation to nudity where the person has no intention to cause alarm or distress it will normally be appropriate to take no action unless members of the public were actually caused harassment, alarm or distress.”
Using the example of Homer Simpson above, you could go outside with no clothes on and it is perfectly legal as long as it doesn’t cause any harassment, alarm or distress. However it is more than likely to cause alarm or distress as it is not common place to be outside in your birthday suit. Public Nudity is uncommon outside of events such as The World Naked Bike Ride and therefore not commonly accepted by the general public.
Sadly, it looks like a catch 22, you can be naked in public but only if make every effort not to offend, alarm or distress anyone which is unlikely. Even in the likes of your own back yard or in early hours of the morning in a forest park or mountain region, your still have a fear of the law. My part of the U.K doesn’t really have any clubs to visit so more than likely you have to travel to the likes of Spain, France or Greece to enjoy Naturism safely outside.
But we do are best to show the public that naturism is no different than any other hobby that they may enjoy and try to break down these barriers so we are more accepted in public society.