We often talk about naturism as a hobby to practice alone, in a group, with friends or family. Let’s start from the official definition of naturism:
“Naturism is 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”.
A way of life, not a hobby
There is no question of activity or hobby in this definition, but of a way of life … characterized by the practice of nudity in common. And this is an important point, naturism is a way of life. Some naturists do not totally agree with this definition and sometimes want to simplify it. Naturism is just the practice of nudity in common for the sake of comfort and simplicity.
In any case, we can say that naturism is not a hobby like any other, since it is not a hobby. This is not an activity that one practices during these hobbies. In fact, we can simply say that naturism is a way of living one’s hobbies, even one’s life, when one decides to live naked, at home or in a nudist village.
Naturism is practicing all kinds of activities, the same as everyone does, but naked. You love tennis and naturism, you can play naked. You love to draw and paint and are naturist, you draw and paint naked. You practice hiking and are naturist, you hike naked.
A way of life, naked
So, is naturism a way of life like any other, to change the question of the title of this article? Yes and no ! Each way of life is different and results from a personal choice. Each lifestyle reflects certain values that are transposed into the way of living, being and thinking. The word naturism reflects a more natural and simple way of life, far from the consumerist diktats of society. This is not the case, however, for all naturists. The common point between all naturists is the practice of nudity in common for the comfort it provides.
However, there are some characteristics that are difficult to ignore when you find yourself in a nudist environment: respect, kindness and simplicity. The absence of clothing erases social differences, exposes flaws and puts everyone back on the same footing. This is undoubtedly what explains these characteristics, which are not specific to naturism, but more present among naturists.
Naturism is a normal way of life, healthy and natural
Finally, any naturist can say that naturism is a normal way of life, healthy and natural, which has its place in itself as any other way of life. This is a message that the naturist federations carry and that any naturist should be able to relay without hiding. If progress is made, we must continue and not relieve the pressure. Nudity is still too often mocked or ostracized, whereas it is only a question of bodies, which everyone has. It is time to teach everyone, to distinguish between nudity and sexuality. This will make naturism more widely accepted and practiced.
Naturism is not ultimately a way of life like others. It is a way of life that carries with it the respect of oneself and others, which when it is understood and lived reveals itself to be incredibly beautiful, simple and fulfilling. It can be said without hesitation that this is a beautiful way of life, a “lifestyle”.
Get naked, Stay Naked, Live Naked and Share the Naked Love!
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Absolutely, Marc: I don’t make a practice of getting naked only for recreational purposes, whether at a beach or a resort or even on a ski slope (which seems to me to be only a ploy to make a point of the “see how nuts I am” kind): I get naked in my home because it’s how I feel most comfortable. I recognize that we do not automatically return to seem kind of “primal Edenic state of innocence” just by virtue of taking off our clothes: nudists seem to be capable of the same kinds of abuses as the ones wearing dress clothes and working in banks. But I find a level of comfort in wearing nothing, and when I’m able to share that comfort in my home or at a clothes-free venue, there’s a great sense of relief that we all share as well, a kind of spontaneity.
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