There’s an interesting academic paper that came out recently:
The Right to be Publicly Naked: A Defence of Nudism
Although the paper was published in September 2018 and has been discussed briefly in a few naturist forums, now is a good time to subject it to careful scrutiny, because a summary of it has just been published in Issue 38.3 (Spring 2019) of The Naturist Society’s “N” magazine. Unfortunately, the article hasn’t been published online, as far as I know. If you care about the public nudity issue, it’s probably best to read the original paper anyhow.
Monika: It’s starting to get late, so let’s try to sum up a few things we’ve learned today. The first observation I’d make is that having lunches like this just for us double-X folks is very helpful. People with little or no knowledge of naturism – as most of us have been at some time or other – always find it very hard to understand why naturists defy our society’s irrational nudity taboos in order to embrace and enjoy our nudity rather than fear it. We’re helping each other gain that understanding by discussing all the different ways we have to justify ceasing or at least curtailing the habit of wearing clothes – so we can satisfy our mysterious desire to be naked.
Joyce: I love your term “double-X folks”. Maybe we should call this weekly event the “double-X naked lunch”. Continue reading
Monika: [After a brief pause in the conversation] I think we’ve heard from almost everyone. Sally, would you like to say a little?
Sally: Sure. Um, well, I’m working as a waitress in a chain restaurant. Not a job I really care for, but it helps pay the bills. I’m living with a guy named Eric. I suppose I have to say we’re now both naturists, since we’ve been part of the naturist group that almost everyone who’s not new to this women’s group also belongs to. It was started a few months ago for people who enjoy being naked at least some of the time and also want to spread the word about naturism. The objective is to get more people interested in naturism. Eric works in an outdoor sporting goods store, which is where I met him. We have a lot in common, since we both enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, such as hiking, camping, river rafting, rock climbing, and so on. Continue reading
Monika: Alana, you brought your sister with you today. I’m eager to hear her thoughts about naturism.
Sheila Howard: And I’m happy to talk about it. I do have a little experience with nudity and feel positive about it. But I can’t say I know a lot about naturism from personal experience, since I’ve never thought of myself as a naturist. However, when I was in college I started sleeping naked. In fact, it wasn’t unusual for me to be partly or fully naked in my dorm room if I felt like it. My first roommate was the same way, and I don’t remember which of us started that first. A few others in the dorm did likewise – guys as well a girls – though it wasn’t especially common. We didn’t mind others dropping in to chat when we were naked, nor did it bother our visitors. I guess that was just accepted as what a few people, like me, were comfortable doing. However, the nudity was mostly confined to our rooms. We didn’t wander naked around the dorm, except maybe to nearby rooms or the bathroom. Continue reading
Kimberly Schmidt: This is the first time my Mom and I have attended this group. Maybe she should say something about our family, since her feelings are probably like Erin’s.
Celeste Schmidt: I agree. Our family consists of my husband Kent and my son Roy, besides Kimberly and me. Kimberly loves being naked as much as possible. But Kent and Roy don’t seem to be interested in nudity at all, and seem to understand Kimberly’s fascination with nudity even less than I do. Continue reading
Monika Hamilton: Well, looks like everyone’s found a place to sit and start eating. This is the biggest turnout we’ve had so far, and that’s wonderful. Fortunately, our rec room is big enough for everyone, but unfortunately we don’t have quite enough things to sit on. So I hope that those of you who have to make do with some cushions on the floor will be OK.
Katryna Hamilton: I think it’s fine, Mom. I like to sprawl on the floor anyhow.
Danielle Stuart: I’m fine too. You don’t need to worry about us. Continue reading