Nudism and Naturism

Nudism and Naturism Articles and Blogs by Felicity’s Blog

Nudism / Naturism is one of the fastest growing forms of recreation in the United States today. Join the growing number of people who enjoy non sexual nude recreation and the nudist lifestyle. You don’t have to be a long time nudist or naturist to participate – all you need is to be comfortable in your own skin.

Body image and body acceptance are an issue that seems to plague many in today’s society. We hope that, with time, people will find out that a person’s character is far more important than what they look like. Through nudism and naturism people learn (very quickly in fact) to feel comfortable with how they look and accept their bodies as they are.

Nudists and naturists from around the world enjoy being naked while in a social setting. There is nothing wrong or shameful about the naked human form!

We all come in different, unique shapes and sizes. Part of the naturist philosophy is the belief that one should not be judged on how they look, what job they do or how much they make… people should be judged on the essence of who they truly are!

The Official Definitions Of Nudism And Naturism:

What is Nudism?

Nudism is the practice of being naked in a non-sexual environment, either in private or wherever it is allowed and accepted. The people who practice nudism are referred to as “nudists.” Some nudists might just occasionally visit a nude beach, while others try to be naked as often as they can.

What is Naturism?

Naturism can be also defined as being naked in a non-sexual setting. Naturism is practiced by people who are referred to as “naturists.” Naturism is often the term used when a person’s lifestyle is not just about being naked but about living by a certain philosophy, values and ethics. Naturists want to promote acceptance, equality, social responsibility and respect for the environment.

What is the difference between Naturism, Nudism and Nude recreation?

In America, the terms nudism and naturism are used interchangeably, and each can have a different definition depending on who you ask or what organization you consult. The main organization for nudism in the USA, the America Association For Nude Recreation (AANR), chooses to promote nudism as “wholesome nude recreation.” All of these terms can essentially refer to the same thing — the practice of being naked in a non-sexual environment whether alone or with others.

There are a few more specific terms used to differentiate the types of nudists out there. One is “recreational nudists,” which refers to people who just want to have fun being naked doing whatever they enjoy, whether that’s partying or hiking or sunbathing. They are not concerned with any philosophy or greater purpose to being nude.

Then there is “ethical naturism / naturist,” which is a way to clearly identify those who live by a naturist philosophy and values. This term is helpful since anyone can call themselves a naturist or nudist without really defining what that means for them. By attaching the word “ethical,” we then know that it’s about more than just recreational naked fun.

This section of my blog is dedicated to Nudism and Naturism articles, stories and experiences:

Gunnison Beach NJ Also Called Sandy Hook Nude Beach In New Jersey

Review of Gunnison Beach – New Jersey Shore’s Nude Beach Gunnison Nude Beach in NJ Reviewed by Erik Jakobsen Gunnison Beach – When New Jersey Senate Bill 1912 effectively outlawed nudity on the state’s public beaches in 1999, nude beach fans in the tri-state area were dealt a significant blow. One notable exception to the law, however, was Gunnison Beach. Located on the Sandy Hook peninsula just a few miles south of New York City, Gunnison Beach is part of the Gateway National Recreation Area – which is owned and operated by the National Park Service. Since it is generally ... Read more

The Real Nude Beach Project: Introducing Bruce

The Real Nude Beach Body Positive Photography Project: Interview with Bruce Meet Bruce, the 8th participant of my series, The Real Nude Beach Photography Project, which took place at Gunnison Beach in 2017. Bruce has been visiting Gunnison for many years. He’s also become an outspoken and enthusiastic advocate for nudism, telling everyone he can about the beach. In this interview Bruce explains why the beach is not a catwalk, how to be respectful with photos and how to be a “live and let live” nudist. Read more in our full interview below! Introducing Bruce in The Real Nude Beach Body ... Read more

New Clothing Optional Nude Beaches in Florida

Call To Action: Sign These Petitions and Help Establish Two New Clothing-Optional Nude Beaches in Florida With its ideal climate, over 1,000 miles of coastline and a huge tourism industry, you would think Florida State would have a lot more official clothing-optional beaches than it currently does. Not only is its environment conducive to nudism, but Florida law expressly states that public nudity is legal “in any place provided or set apart for that purpose.” Florida case law has established that nudity becomes a crime when it involves “lascivious” behavior, and simple nudity is not a violation. But Florida has ... Read more

NEF 2015 Poll: Most Americans Approve of Nude Sunbathing; Not Offended By Nudity

Naturist Education Foundation’s 2015 Poll Gets Americans’ Take On Nudism, Nudity and Nude Sunbathing The Naturist Education Foundation (NEF) commissioned a U.S. opinion poll in 2015 to gauge Americans’ views on naturism and public nonsexual nudity and nude sunbathing. Bob Morton, executive director of NAC (Naturist Action Committee) has published a full report of the results on the NEF website. These nationwide polls were started in 1983 by Lee Baxandall, founder of The Naturist Society. The first poll was conducted by Gallup and there were only 3 questions (the same questions as #1, #2 and #10 in the latest poll). ... Read more

10 Naturism and Nudism Myths Debunked

10 Popular Myths About Naturism and Naturists Naturism and Nudism Myths: As naturists, there are certain false assumptions we hear over and over again, and myths that are perpetuated by the media. Here we debunk 10 popular myths about naturism and naturists. Myth #1. Naturists / nudists are naked all the time. Most of us can’t be naked all the time. Even if we live in a nudist club, it’s still necessary to venture outside, and that usually requires pants. How often one can be naked depends on climate, location, what nudist spots are nearby, etc. Are all nudists like ... Read more

Real Nude Beach Photo Blog Project: Introducing Laura

The Real Nude Beach Body Positive Photography Project: Interview with Laura Meet Laura, the 7th participant of my series, The Real Nude Beach Photography Project, which took place at Gunnison Beach in 2017. Laura had her first social nude experience at the beach, which felt a little less intimidating for her after having already embraced topfreedom in NY. She was introduced to Gunnison through a bisexual / poly group and has never looked back. Learn more about Laura in our interview below! Introducing Laura in The Real Nude Beach Body Positive Photography Project Name: Laura Age: 24 years old Lives in Warren, NJ What ... Read more

How To Meet Nudists and Naturists In Your Area

Aside From Nudist Clubs, How Do I Meet Local Nudists? In the course of running a nudism organization and publishing nudist resources, I’ve heard this question quite often. This isn’t surprising. There are nudists spread out all over the U.S., and not everyone has a nude beach or nudist resort or club nearby. Even if they do, some can’t afford to join their local nudist club or don’t have the transportation to get there. So, how else does one meet other local nudist people or nude-friendly groups? We have some ideas to share for connecting with fellow nudists both online ... Read more

Is Family Nudity and Nudism Really Good for Children?

Is Nudism, and Family Nudity Good for Children? Aren’t Kids Nudists Anyway? Is Nudism Good for Children and The Truth Behind Nudity in the Family: Guest blog by: Melissa Starr Benjamin Spock, Ann Landers, and Abigail van Buren, all popular authorities on child-rearing and other matters, have often warned of the dangers of exposing children to nudity. Though their theories on the matter are well-known, are they truly valid? Is there solid research to prove it? Studies of how nudity affects kids are actually sparse, though they have slightly increased in number in recent years. The findings and their interpretations are ... Read more

The Real Nude Beach Project: Introducing Kwan

The Real Nude Beach Body Positive Photography Project: Interview with Kwan Meet Kwan, the 6th participant of my series, The Real Nude Beach Photography Project, which took place at Gunnison Beach in 2017. Kwan is originally from Hong Kong and first started getting used to the idea of social nudity through an unusual experience in the Navy. His first nude beach visit was at Black’s Beach, but now he frequents Gunnison as an east coast resident. Learn more about Kwan in our interview below! Introducing Kwan in The Real Nude Beach Body Positive Photography Project Name: Kwan Age: In his 60’s Lives in Flushing, ... Read more

The Real Nude Beach Project: Introducing Paul

The Real Nude Beach Body Positive Photography Project: Interview with Paul Meet Paul, the 5th participant of my series, The Real Nude Beach Photography Project, which took place at Gunnison Beach in 2017. Paul is somewhat new to social nudism, but his beach experiences have had a significant impact on how he views himself and others. In this interview, he talks about body image and how naturism has helped him become a better person. Introducing Paul in The Real Nude Beach Body Positive Photography Project Name: Paul Age: 34 years old Lives in Hempstead, NY What do you do for a living? And / ... Read more