I despise labels but if I have to attach myself to one, it’s naturist. I choose the naturist label not because I like to commune with nature in the nude (although that is quite pleasurable) but because my ideas and philosophies are rooted in the European naturist movements of the early 20th century. although I certainly haven’t embraced all of them. My ideas about naturism as a lifestyle have evolved over the past decade, going well beyond mere nudism. Naturism, to me, is about respecting the human body and those that inhabit them.
How do you define yourself? A Nudist or Naturist? Although both have similarities they do have different meanings depending on which side of the ocean you are on. In the UK the most common term for someone who prefers to be clothes-free is a naturist, while here in Canada and the United States we prefer to use the term nudist (personally I like naturist). So, how do they differ?
A naturist is someone who tends to be clothes-free almost 24/7 and prefers to commune with nature in the open outdoors either at a lake, stream or beach. Even hiking in the wilderness without feeling trapped by an enclosed setting is appealing.
A nudist prefers social nudity within an enclosed private space with no fear of prying eyes or the law. Private resorts or with activities provided by nudist organizations is also something that is enjoyed.
Invariably, it goes without saying…
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