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NUDITY IS NATURAL AND WHOLESOME
Many people have been brought up taught that nudity is immoral and we should never allow others to see our true bodies. It is alright to titillate with provocative clothing, or tiny beach wear, but not to show the natural beauty of our bodies, especially genitals or women's breasts. This sense of shame is not inborn: it is learned. Babies have no shame and neither did many early Christians in Biblical times. Fortunately today there is also a very rapidly growing naturist movement that has learned: "Nude is not lewd"
Nudism promotes a healthy respect and trust with each other and after a few minutes of uncomfortableness when first exposed to this experience it becomes much less sexual and more naturally enjoyable. Nudity can be sexual if consenting persons wish it to be and in appropriate settings, but it is not necessary to progress from nudity to sexualactivity. We can learn to respect one another's sensitivities and interests and communicate these to one another.
Naturism is commonly accepted in much of Europe, where it has been shown that sexual attitudes are much more healthy, with less sexual abuse and violence. European women come to America's beaches and don't understand why they have to wear tops. This is a sign of our immaturity. At clothing optional places bodies are viewed with respect and nudity is comfortable and natural. But the Church teaches unscriptural body shame.
Many women worry that their nudity might be mistaken to mean availability. Many men worry that nudity might become too stimulating. However, these fears are mainly fears of the imagination, not the reality of actual experience. Men often think of nudism as sexual but become disappointed and self conscious when they find it isn't. Women are often reluctant to become involved in naturism for the same reason men are attracted - sexual. But often women are the strongest supporters when they find it is more about honesty, openness and being free - not primarily about sexuality.
In naturism however, there are many groups that go overboard on the non-sexual aspects which is the politically correct position. We believe discrete sexuality can be combined with healthy nudity if mutual desired. However, the main focus of naturism should not be sexual but sexuality should not be ignored either.
The following links are primarily to naturist or nude organizations which have many more links to local groups all over the world.
|AZ Youth nude camp faces criticism from politicians - August 2003||It's a nude nude, nude, nude world
By ERMA BOMBECK
Harbin Hot Springs
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