We have some friends, a couple, who enjoy the nudist lifestyle. That is, they love the Beach and nudist resorts. When they visit we are nude and comfortable around the house, or camp.
They’re relatively new to social nudism but enjoy it as is, without the need to ‘hook up’ though that could be a bonus that might happen.
Now, nudists/naturists make a huge effort to separate sexuality from nudity, especially when dealing with the textile public that sees us as a bunch of sex fiends. This is a serious issue, sex being the hot-button item it is. Everybody loves sex but everybody acts like there’s something wrong with it. Especially in public view. Except in TV shows, commercials and magazine ads.
A naturist will tell you that sexuality is not a part of nudity, and it isn’t, usually. But let’s be honest, a pretty person is attractive and attractive means sexually attractive. Or not. Physical beauty can stand alone. Michelangelo’s David doesn’t turn anyone on but it is a beautiful rendition of male anatomy. Beautifull but not sexual.
Nude art often depicts an image of a beautiful human form, and that’s acceptable as long as it isn’t overtly sexual. But who’s to say what’s sexually stimulating? That’s a subject of constant debate. A previous posting here demonstrated that with the folks who were upset with a coffee company’s logo. Our Attorney General required that the statue of Justice in Washington be covered to hide a breast.
Back on topic. There is a ‘nudist’ resort in northern Wisconsin that specializes in alternate behavior. Public sex is encouraged. Is this truly a nudist place? These people like running around nekked, plus having sex. They are definitely not typical nudists, but are they nudists or something altogether different? Do we need to create sub-categories?
What would they be? Where and how nude?
Naturist N/S: Outdoors only, no sex
Naturist W/S: Outdoors only, with sex
Nudist N/S: Anywhere, no sex
Nudist W/S: Anywhere, with sex
Swinger/naturist: Outdoors only, couples, sex.
Swinger/nudist: Anywhere, couples, sex
Hedonist: Sex anywhere, anyone, nuditity optional
Single guy: Anything he can get, anywhere, anytime, nuditity optional
OK, just a little fun there. The fact is, nudists/naturists make up a cross section of society just like everybody else. Who has the right to define what a ‘true’ nudist or naturist is, though we all try? We have our ideas, you have yours. What we really need is some unity in presenting ourselves to the public in a responsible manner.
That same public is just as flawed and diverse (just check out the shenanigans going on with your local Congressman, or President, or priest, etc.), yet is uniform in denouncing our lifestyle. We need to show that we’re no stranger than they are, we just like being ourselves without clothes on.
So, where does that leave our friends? It leaves them as our friends, who are nudists and also like to fool around a bit. We don’t, they do, and we’re friends. So there! -S