What is Naturism?
The International Naturist Foundation defines Naturism as a way of life in harmony with nature characterised by the practice of communal nudity with the intention of encouraging self-respect, respect for others and for the environment.
This can be summed up as daily activities indoor and where permitted outdoor without the need for clothes. It often reflects a family and / or personal lifestyle choice.
Is there a difference between Naturism and Nudism?
To be honest, there are not much difference between the two and can be interchangeable. Most people use either term. Nudists could be seen as seeing nudity as more of a social thing, something to be enjoyed with friends at home or at a nude beach/resort.
Naturists see of nudity as a way of life, a healthy lifestyle that lives clothes-free and greatly appreciates the link between being nude, which is perfectly natural, and the rest of nature.
Why be nude?
There are a number of different reasons why people enjoy Naturism. They include experiencing nature in a natural way, comfort, relaxation, stress relief, promoting positive body image and increasing self-esteem. But it’s an individual choice, and you may hear a variety of reasons when asking different people why they enjoy it.
It also allows interaction between different people from different backgrounds such as doctors, teachers, office workers, builders etc rather than be defined by their profession or other factors.
Is it against the law?
The law sometimes is not very clear on the subject. See my post on Public Nudity for more info.
There are a lot of common misconceptions as well, for example, being for sexual activity, exhibitionism and voyeurism which is highly discouraged by naturists. It is only for people with good looking bodies, Naturists have no sense of privacy and it is for adults only – All these are not the case.
One of the biggest misconceptions is that Naturists are naked all the time. We enjoy being naked but only when it is comfortable and practical to do so e.g. a warm summer’s day, not in the freezing cold winter.
So now that you have some facts, why not give it a try? You never know, you may find you enjoy it.