Naturism Encourages Mutual Respect
Naturism is characterized by the practice of communal nudity. Nudity is seen by most people as being the most obvious aspect of naturism. While it is true that nudity is central to naturism, it is also a means of encouraging self-respect, respect for others, and for the environment. To approach another person completely naked is an act of trust. You are saying, in effect, "Here I am, completely unpretentious, with all my physical imperfections on view. Accept me for what I am, and I will accept you as you are. What you see is the whole "me" as I really am." Such an attitude can only engender mutual respect.
Naturism brings you closer to Nature
You feel really close to nature when you discard your clothes and feel warm sunshine, fresh air or cool water on the whole of your body. Being naked outdoors gives you a great sense of freedom.
Nudity is Enjoyable
Being naked in the presence of others is a pleasurable experience, but it is pleasure in the nicest sense of the word. It is very relaxing and enjoyable. You won't find naturists nervously leering at each other - they are open and trusting of each other, accepting each other's imperfections, and respecting each other's personalities.
Nudity is Healthy and Natural
Clothes restrict the flow of air over the skin and prevent the evaporation of perspiration. Clothes encourage the proliferation of bacteria and microscopic fungi, especially in humid and warm conditions. They interfere with the body's natural temperature control mechanisms, making some parts hotter than others. Naked people rarely smell bad, but sweaty clothes do. Tight shorts and trousers, raise the temperature of the testicles in the male, thus interfering with the development of sperm and male hormones and reducing fertility. Nakedness is the human animal's natural condition and contributes to physical and emotional health.
A most important aspect of naturism is its educational effect on growing children. In the clothed world, where everyone goes to great lengths to hide their "private parts", children become ashamed of their own bodies and curious about the bodies of others, especially of the opposite sex. Sex becomes "forbidden fruit", and this leads to unnaturally intense curiosity and often undesirable behavior. In the naturist setting, naked bodies are no big deal. There is no prurient curiosity; no need to be ashamed of one's own body since others are obviously developing in the same way. Adolescents can see exactly how their bodies are going to change as they grow older. It would be extremely unlikely for a person who has been raised in a naturist family to become a sexual deviant or pedophile. The practice of naturism automatically engenders a healthy attitude towards people of the opposite sex. They are seen as whole personalities, and not merely as sex-objects.
Sunlight is Beneficial (in moderation)
Man has evolved in the presence of natural sunlight, and while it cannot be denied that a surfiet of solar radiation on the skin can be harmful, especially if the skin is lily-white, it is nevertheless true that a moderate amount of sunlight is beneficial and natural. It promotes good health a sense of well-being. It also promotes the synthesis of vitamin D in the skin. The best way to take the sun is in moderate doses and with a slowly acquired all-over tan.
Written By Doug Ball