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Body Image, Body Acceptance, and Body Positive Projects

Learn about body image issues in society and how naturism can help people have a more positive body image and self-esteem. Read about body positive activism and personal stories relating to body image and self-acceptance.

Read our body image blogs and articles below:

New Research Shows That Naturism Improves Body Image & Happiness

Research Study Shows How Naturism Improves Body Image, Self-Esteem and Life Satisfaction At last, we have an actual research study about naturism and its positive effects on body image and happiness! The research was published online in the Journal of Happiness Studies on January 21st, 2017. It set out to investigate the “possible psychological benefits of naturism.” As the author notes, naturists have long been making claims about how naturism improves self-esteem, body image, happiness and has many other benefits. But as the situation indicates, “very little empirical research has investigated these benefits or any plausible explanations for them.” This is ... Read more

Why Nude Bathing Is Better Than Bathing Suits

Why Society Is Better Off Swimming Nude Without Bathing Suits I’m not one of those nudies that feels compelled to be naked 24 / 7, and I would say that many nudists can’t be and don’t care to be naked everywhere, all the time. (I’ve mentioned this before in the common myths about nudism.) I’m quite comfortable wearing clothes in the winter. I get cold very easily and am grateful for the sweaters I have to keep me warm. Though I’m not much into fashion or clothes shopping, I do like dressing up sometimes and expressing myself with certain colors, fabrics ... Read more

Naked Britain: Talking Fashion, Naturism and Body Image With Photographer Amelia Allen

Interview With Fashion Photographer Amelia Allen On Her Book ‘Naked Britain’ Amelia Allen is a fashion photographer who unexpectedly decided to take her work in a new direction by photographing people without any clothes on. She did this by joining up with a community of British naturists, not only to document their way of life but to experience naturism herself. Her book, Naked Britain, is a delightful collection of images introducing us to modern naturists of different ages and body types. It shows them joyfully engaged in a variety of activities, from riding bikes to gardening to playing pool, or ... 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

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

Body Issues – Nudist Mothers and Daughters Free From Shame at Rock Lodge

Nudist Mothers and Daughters Free From Body Issues Guest blog by: Isis Phoenix Paradise. Absolute Paradise. Those were the only words when thinking back on my day at Rock Lodge nudist club that were adequate to describe my experience and all in a brief visit to this magical sanctuary. “Packing light?” my husband joked with me as I put my sarong, towel and hat in my canvas beach bag. Conspicuously missing a swimsuit, I smiled. I had wanted to visit Rock Lodge all summer – a nudist paradise – beautiful lake, scenic hiking trails, wildlife and nature in abundance and ... 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

Nudist Erections and Naturist Etiquette

Nudist Erection and Issues With Nude Nudists With Public Erections Yes, erections are a natural bodily function… But a nudist with an erection is an unwelcome sight in a public nudist setting: Public Nudist Erections – A number of articles out there deal with the (potentially overexposed!) topic of nude males with erections and nudism. Many who practice naturism feel that too much negative emphasis goes towards this naturally occurring event. Others within the nudist community express the sentiment of “protecting” certain groups from what they perceive as an overtly sexual gesture. Religious aspects and societal views continue to make ... Read more

The Real Nude Beach Project: Introducing Maryann

The Real Nude Beach Body Positive Photography Project: Interview with Maryann Meet Maryann, the 4th participant introduced here for the Real Nude Beach Photography Project that took place at Gunnison Beach in 2017. Maryann is a seasoned veteran of Gunnison, having been frequenting the beach for many years. She still goes almost every weekend in the summer and in this interview she tells us what she loves so much about the nude beach! Interview with Maryann for the Real Nude Beach Photography Project at Gunnison Beach Name: Maryann Age: 56 years old Lives in Howell, NJ What do you do for a living? ... Read more