Nudist Movement: More Acceptance, Less Body Shame
Blog written by: Logan of YNA OR
In Greco-Roman history, nudism was viewed as the ideal state, the pure state. The human body was viewed as elegant, beautiful and divine. Nowadays, the only time we are allowed to be nude and no one makes a big deal about it is when we are babies, but even this does not last very long. While reaching early childhood, nudity is viewed as a private matter, and it is shameful to be seen nude in public. I remember being around my parents and hearing them get upset because my niece and nephew (who was between 6-7 years of age) was getting ready for bed in the living room. My mother automatically commented and told them they can’t change in front of each other and need to get ready for bed in the bathroom, thus enforcing that nudity is shameful and should remain private. This deeply saddened me. Considering their ages, and knowing my niece and nephew, there was nothing sexual about them changing into their pajamas. They still had an innocent mindset.
Both men and women are told how to dress, what to dress, what the ideal man or women should look like and act. We have become so body conscious that we will often point out each other’s “flaws.” I remember growing up as a child and hating how I looked, especially as I struggled with my sense of self and body image. I strongly believe it is because we are grown into a society where it is not acceptable to be oneself. We are told to fulfill modern society’s ideals or otherwise we’ll get made fun of.
The nudist movement is not about sexual behavior. For YNA, it is about body acceptance, which will lead to an improved self-esteem and sense of self-worth. We are not about wearing no clothes all the time, as clothes are needed, but the difference is that clothes are not always needed. There are several activities that can be enjoyed without the constraints of clothes such as– swimming, hiking, jogging, gardening, and playing games, etc. Another benefit is going back to the age of innocence and enjoying being the best version of you whether clothed or naked.
I am witness to this nudist movement. I hated how I looked, and it was my meeting a certain person that lead me to become a nudist. Today, I can honestly say, my self-esteem and my self-worth have greatly improved. I stand here today as a changed man, and I believe everyone is beautiful. I believe there are no true body flaws. We are who we are for a reason, there is a story behind everything and we are worth knowing. We are all beautiful just as we are. I hope this nudist movement spreads, and we grow to love and accept each other as we are. Why should we be any different whether we are nude or with clothes? Today’s society would be easier to live with if we could learn to accept ourselves and others, which is part of YNA’s “people positive” philosophy.
About the Author (Author Profile)Logan Green is the leader of YNA OR - Young Naturists America Oregon Chapter.
It would be much easier to be without clothes all together, although their is still safety reasons to have clothes. I think clothes should be a more of a functional reason rather than a fashion reason. The fashion industry tells people what is "in" and what is "out" and what is beautiful and not beautiful. They are not our friends.
Although if it was legal to be without clothes all the time, I probably would do it most of the time :)
Remember the Fashion industry IS the enemy. Here is a list of reasons to Boycott Clothes.
Excess = Just too much stuff already in this world
Excessively Skinny Models = Unhealthy Body Image
Cost of Clothes production to Earths Natural Resources (Shipping costs, land costs, animal hide costs, feeding animals for the hide cost, oil and gas to power distribution costs, powering a factory costs, powering retail stores costs, etc)
Fashion is no friend of mine.