Recently I read two fairly well written, professional articles addressing authors’ naturist experiences. I was left with a pretty stark view of naturism. Not a good thing. But at the same time, the articles got me thinking which is always a plus.
The first article had a non-naturist visiting a naturist venue to “see what it’s all about”. It’s the type of article I’ve read far too many times, where the author begrudgingly admits they kind of liked being nude, but tell us that in a few short snippets. The rest of the article is where the author regales us with their quick wit, describing the traumatic experience of seeing older men’s penises, saggy breasts, and naturists in general. In the end they always seem to admit it wasn’t that bad, maybe even kind of liberating and fun. They always say the people were friendly and kind, but with a odd quirky twist. But regardless, they’re no convert. It’s definitely not for them. I mean, I appreciate them dispelling the myth that everyone is their having wild orgies. But describing an odd stew of uncomfortable moments, nervousness, a brief liberating feeling, lots of sagging skin, and penises-a-plenty isn’t exactly the best press naturism could have.
I just wish these type of articles would focus a bit more on the positives. But unfortunately, with many of them, the article is all but written before they even arrive. I mean, how many writers are going to put their professional reputation on the line and pen an article where they say, “oh my gosh, I loved being nude, it was wonderful, I’m definitely going back, I think I’m a naturist now!” Yeah, I’ve seen some where the writer was quite complimentary and you could connect the dots that they might have opened a new door to their lives. But it’s much easier to submit the story — I went there, got naked, hung out with naked people, in some ways it was liberating, but it’s kind of weird too, here are a bunch of funny comments made at the naturists expense, I’ll keep my clothes. That’s probably more what an editor is looking for. That and a few funny naked pictures, with all the private bits covered of course.
The second article was about a woman who grew up in a naturist family but hated it. Not because of the nudity, she was pretty ambivalent on that angle. But she hated the secrecy. And today, that baggage effects how she views naturism and nudity in general. Gone is the innocent fun. In its place, angst, baggage, and pent up attitude.
In the end I found this article to be less about naturism as it was about parenting. I’ve said many times, naturism is an important part of my life, but it’s far from the most important part. I’ve found plenty of ways to enjoy naturism without impacting the happiness and well being of my family. My “hobby” shouldn’t be a burden to anyone. Compromise, everyone understanding and respecting eachothers positions, but being willing to give a little to get a little, is critical. Not judging these parents whatsoever. I’m sure there is more to the story. But if you make your naturist life a burden to others, it’s not going to end well. What you think of as “no big deal” may be a very big deal indeed. Unfortunately for this woman, it’s forever tainted her opinion of nudity in general.
I didn’t leave with of these articles with a warm feeling inside. At the end of it, you’re left with the impression that naturism is a destructive force practiced by self-centered, misguided, nudity obsessed freaks. So…..not a good representation one might say. Not good at all.
Fortunately, I know that not to be the case. For me personally, naturism has given me much. I’ve been able to get past a few hang ups and enjoy it openly and honestly. It’s taught me acceptance and understanding. It’s given me strength and confidence. It’s provided me happiness and joy. Just yesterday I was looking back on some personal naturist photos from a holiday years ago. It was fun to remember those moments. It was fun to relive the exhilaration. It was nice to see my and Mrs Naturistthoughts nude bodies in the sun. For me….naturism is an enriching part of life. While these articles may have reminded me that everyone hasn’t shared my experiences. I’m sure glad I have.