Nakedness is the special sauce that enhances so many of life’s finest, most profound experiences:
- Quality time spent with families – meals, celebrations, etc.
- Social gatherings and parties with good friends
- Practice of yoga and meditation
- Pagan esbats, spiritual ceremonies and rituals
- Solitary communion with the natural world
- Camping and hiking in backcountry, wilderness
- Songs and stories around a campfire
- Sexual union with a loving partner
It’s rather astonishing that most people in our society think of the pleasure of nakedness exclusively in terms only of the last item on this list. Why? The only reason, really, is that most people think of nudity and nakedness solely in terms of what society has taught them. Unfortunately, there’s way too little original, independent thinking about far too many things, and this is just one example.
Getting naked is usually regarded merely as the initial stage of a sexual encounter. It’s important and often considered a necessary preliminary, but nothing more. Having sex is very pleasurable, of course, but many people think only of the foreplay and the intercourse (and the anticipation of them) as the source of pleasure. They underestimate the extent to which nakedness enhances sexual experiences.
There’s actually, however, a rather different way to think about the relationship between nakedness and having sex. In this view, nakedness constitutes a large and important part of the total pleasure of the experience. Nakedness is a separate, independent, and very significant pleasure, all by itself, that adds to and enhances the pleasure of sex. It is – or can be – not just an incidental preliminary.
And in exactly the same way, nakedness can greatly enhance and intensify the pleasure of all the other items on the list above. Even without any sexual component at all. But just as people underestimate how much nakedness enhances sex, they tend to miss completely how it can enhance many other things.
There are several basic reasons why naturists value nakedness highly. For example, it engenders feelings of openness and closeness with others. It teaches us to accept and appreciate our bodies, rather than to despise them. It opens up means for expressing our individuality in authentic ways that are not possible when wearing clothes.
But the most basic reason of all for valuing nakedness is simply that it is so pleasurable and feels so good. Because when we are naked, our skin (the largest organ of the body) becomes an instrument of perception of the physical world, on a par with our eyes, ears, nose, and tongue. Our bare skin gives us access to a whole additional dimension of the real world. Not all the sensations we can feel in any of those modalities are pleasant, of course. We can receive very unpleasant stimuli through the other senses, as well as our skins. But most of the time we are able to avoid those. So for healthy people, most of the time, our senses deliver pleasure to us. That’s why we have senses in the first place – so we can seek out experiences that are good for us and make us happy.
So being naked while engaged in other treasured experiences is a significant pleasure that adds to and enhances so many of those experiences. It adds a unique flavor of its own without overpowering the other things – exactly as any good sauce should do.