Well! that is some kind of postulation 🙂 Here are the reasons why I think we need to rethink naturism and nudism as a concept.

People do like the dominant culture of modesty and test nude activities, but they do not call themselves naturists. The naturist concept is, therefore, an unnecessary drag on us, because no one identifies with the concept. In many ways, I am one of those who didn’t consider myself as a naturist.

My story short

Here is 4 shots about me:

  • I have been sleeping naked for many years.
  • I like walking around naked in the at home in my house/apartment.
  • I love swimming nude – and for many years I have actually only chosen to swim where I can be naked.
  • In the recent years I have stayed at naturist accommodation – which made me accept that I might be a naturist.

Does that make me a naturist? In many years I would say no, now I don’t really care what they call it. I call it “Love to be nude”.

Why wouldn’t I call myself a naturist or a nudist? I think the answer is that I just did what I liked to do, nothing to do with being a part of a group or a concept.

Naturism, nudism has to die?

I think it is time to kill the concept and start thinking on naturism/nudism whatever it is called as a way of living. Why label ourselves with titles that shove us into boxes. Why not just let you be you. Your identity is not just wrapped around one subject/title like naturism, nudism. I know that mine isn’t – maybe it seems like in the reflection of what I do on SpotNaked, but that is just one small part of the man behind the screen who is also known as Peter. Peter is also a web developer, a travel geek, family man, crazy, tech hippie, nature lover and many other labels. Another curiosity is that many people don’t know I am a naturist or I should rather say “Nude Freedom Lover”.

Being a part of a group by telling we are nudists or naturists has in many ways during history helped to push a statement through and fighting for a cause. The time is for changes, we now live in a world where individualism is the norm, we don’t need a group with memberships to show who we are. What is needed is to get back to you. Who are you? The naturist label will always just be a very simple label and the only thing it does is making a distance to other people. The distance is created because when you label yourself the label shows you belong to one group and not another.

We need to kill the memberships and the closed group mentality. Instead, we should grow the acceptance of others including the acceptance of nude living.

Sources of inspiration:
Danish: http://blog.naturister.dk/naturismens-tid-er-forbi/
English: http://nurbalifestyle.tumblr.com/post/37648115194/lets-kill-nudism

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  1. Nat Biss

    I totally agree with you. Labels are usually too restrictive. Being yourself is usually complex enough. No need to meet other people’s expectations.

  2. Bruce Kendall

    Hmm what would you call someone who likes to bowl? A bowler.

    What would you call someone who:

    ” I have been sleeping naked for many years.
    I like walking around naked in the at home in my house/appartment.
    I love swimming nude – and for many years I have actually only choosen to swim where I can be naked.
    In the recent years I have stayed on naturist accommodation – which made me accept that I might be a naturist.”

    You are a naturist…get over it and be proud.

  3. Peter Terp Listing Owner

    Hi Bruce

    I know I am naturist – I think you misunderstand me in this.

    I think the labelling can scare some people off. If you just love going to a nude beach – you may not think of yourself as a naturist. Many people might be interested in the nude society if the labelling wasn’t there.

    /Cheers

  4. Dave Anderson

    Labels are important. I am a naturist – I like to be naked and especially in nature (forest, beach, back garden etc.). What the label does is put me into a category so that others know my intentions. I have been to naturist beaches where people have been having sex – they are exhibitionists/swingers, not naturists. If people see this who do not know the distinction, they will consider all naturists as being part of the social sex scene.

    The human needs labels in order to compartmentalise their lives; if someone says they are a judge, you know what they are and what they do. If someone says they are a hiker, again you know what they do. If I tell people I am a naturist, I would expect them to know that I like being naked (either socially or solo) and that there is NO sexual element to this.

    What we need to do is educate the world that naturism (or nudism) is a non-sexual lifestyle allowing people to live their lives naked as much or as little as they wish.

    1. spotnaked

      Thanks for you reply Dave.

      You have a good point in the need for labels, but if we need labels for naturism, then I guess we need a new one.

      Naturists have tried for years to tell the world that naturism and nudism have nothing to do with sex. It has in some ways been working, but many still believe that naturists and nudists are all about sex. There is also another belief about naturists and that it is old fat men or beautiful woman who enjoys naturism. Either way the label “naturism” and “nudism” has a bad reputation and therefore I think the label has to be renamed or redefined.

  5. StĂ©phane DeschĂȘnes

    A label is a quick way to explain what you believe in and which group you belong to. The naturist label will only become irrelevant when we become the mainstream. Until then, we must speak up and explain otherwise we will just disappear in the masses of textiles.

    If there is no label or movement, there is nothing to fight for and nothing to rally behind. Naturism affords us an idea that can be protected as speech and a belief that can be protected as a creed.

    The biggest problem with the “naturist” label is that it has been misused to the point that people think it is just about being naked. (or worse) So fight for it, wear it proudly, and explain what it is instead of shunning it.

  6. Steve

    ‘Nat Biss’ is a label. ‘Spotnaked’ is a label. ‘Peter’ is a label. Labels are merely shortcuts to describe a more complex subject. Look how long it took to describe who ‘Peter’ is without the shortcut, ‘Peter’. Who wants to say all that every time?

    ‘Naturist’ is a label that describes those who believe in certain fundamental concepts relating to nudity, not just an enjoyment of sleeping or being naked. No one is forced to adopt that description or appreciate those beliefs, and those who do not are free to spin off their own versions. It’s good that they don’t consider themselves naturists.

    The fact that many Textiles misunderstand what social nudism is all about is no reason to abandon the terms that describe it. Other groups have fought their battles to claim their own descriptions, and eventually won. Naturism is wildly popular in parts of Europe and may be, MAY be, in the more repressed countries in the world someday.

    The philosophy behind real naturism is enviable, and represents the best that humankind has to offer. I wouldn’t write it off too soon!

  7. al

    I live in Peru and here nudism is almost nil there is only one club that has a beach in the north I usually be naked in my house when I can but never go out
    I remember that in the 80’s it was normal for men to go out in the street wearing only shorts, as if we were on the beach, but since the 90’s it started to be frowned upon