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What is naturism?

The XIV Congress of the International Naturist Federation (INF) held at Agde, France, in 1974 defined 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.

Deschênes, Stéphane (4 January 2016). “The Official INF-FNI Definition of Naturism” (PDF). INF-FNI. International Naturist Federation. Archived (PDF) from the original on 9 February 2021. Retrieved 9 February 2021.
Woycke, James, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Naturism is a natural way of living ones life. It is characterized as being non-sexual social nudity, where normal everyday people do normal everyday things but completely clothing free. Naturism can in some instances be referred to as nudism as well.

Naturists come from various philosophical backgrounds and cultures. Naturism isn’t just something you may find on some random island in the middle of nowhere. It is something that is practiced right in the homes, back yards, forests, lakes, rivers and even in the oceans around us.

Naturism has been practiced by different cultures and in almost every time period. It also is not just something for old people. People of all ages participate in naturism. Naturism is meant to be something that is family friendly. In fact in various studies it has shown that kids who group up around nudity have fewer body-image issues later in life as a result.

Photo of the FKK-Radtour 2001 on June 14, 2001 in Karlsruhe. Photo courtesy of Ralf at The original uploader was Dandelion1 at English Wikipedia.,
Attribution, via Wikimedia Commons

Naturism is practiced in various forms. Whether that is participating in a naked bike ride or enjoy some time in the sun on a beach. Everyday activities can be done without clothing in most cases and of course there are some exceptions to that in regards to safety. Social nudity leads to acceptance because we lose all of the social stigma of clothing. The acceptance that is seen between naturists does not mean someone has to be a certain age, gender or race. It means we are all equal and created by God uniquely.

Nudist couple at Sunny Glades Nudist Resort, Bothwell, Ontario, Canada | Dudenopants, CC BY-SA 3.0 <;, via Wikimedia Commons

If you do a quick google search, you’re bound to find a naturist or clothing optional place near you. In the months since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a rise of people going nude more often, especially in their homes. More and more people are finding out that naturism is freeing and less restrictive.

When you get rid of the textiles your body is able to fully relax. Wearing clothing has shown to have negative effects and has shown to possibly have a link too alzheimer’s disease. Maybe now is the time to look into naturism and free yourself. For more information about naturism visit the Resources tab on my site for some helpful links.

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