A few years ago, I wrote a few thoughts on nudism for a Tumblr account when I was doing the social media for Cypress Cove Nudist Resort. I lived there for eight years – and it is one of the most wonderful, magical places on earth. It was recently featured in the first episode of Worn Stories on Netflix. I was looking back through my posts last night as I was sharing information with a friend. I thought it would be nice to have them all in one place, so I’m going to post them below. I love being Auntie Kat and helping people to find peace and joy with/in their bodies. I am available for individual coaching and to speak to small groups if anyone is interested. Feel free to reach out to me.
Auntie Kat here, with some thoughts for you.
I was looking through some pictures of beautiful places yesterday – places that I’d like to visit, spend some time – and I had this awareness of the difference in how I look at these places now – and how I used to look at them.
Once upon a time, I looked at beautiful, luxurious places and thought that one day I would be “attractive” enough to go there. Back then, I “knew” that my fat, imperfect body didn’t fit in there. I wasn’t a “beautiful enough” person for such a beautiful place. So, I would daydream about one day having the improved body and enough money to have a certain wardrobe (for my finally slender body) that would allow me the right to be there. I just really couldn’t picture myself there otherwise.
Yesterday, I looked at those places – looked at this one place with fancy lounge chairs that were actually IN the swimming pool – and I could picture myself there, enjoying the amenities – in my still fat, still imperfect, wonderfully alive, fully human body. That disconnect was no longer there. I had this distant awareness of how I once used to feel – but I didn’t feel that at all anymore. I just thought, that would be fun … I’d like to experience that.
I attribute this shift in me to nudism. Not just to nudism, but to spending a lot of time at Cypress Cove Resort, one of the most beautiful nudist resorts in the world. It’s gotten me used to being accepted as I am, to being welcomed just as I am, to being comfortable in my body, THIS body, without changing a thing. Because I’ve experienced one of the most beautiful places in the world day after day – and felt totally comfortable and free whether clothed or naked, I now have a sense of myself as a person who can enjoy such things – and who deserves to enjoy such things!
It seems silly to me now that I ever bought into denying myself anything until I was “good enough.” The whole diet culture our society lives in disempowers girls/women (and increasingly, boys/men too) so ineffably much and does so much damage, limiting our lives in countless ways. When people break free of that, when we learn to love and accept ourselves as we are – our lives become filled with possibilities! Some that we’d never even imagined for ourselves!
If you’ve ever felt like you’d like to try nudism or you’d like to visit a beautiful resort, but your self-confidence is a bit shaky or you don’t feel like you’re “beautiful enough” to enjoy nude recreation and social nudism – let me just tell you that Cypress Cove is a great place for you to visit and begin claiming your power back – and asserting, even to yourself, that you deserve all of the good that life has to offer.
You can check it out here. There are many family friendly resorts around the country that you can find through the American Association of Nude Recreation – look here. And there are even more nudist places around the world. Take some time to explore and see where you may like to visit!
Hello ~ Auntie Kat here. 🙂
I’d like to be able to capture for you and share with you the feeling of how really very gentle and human it is to be nude/to be a nudist. The vulnerability yes, but more so, the gentle ease of comfort with the naked body without sexual agenda – just being at home in your own skin in a naked human body contains a sort of grace, a sort of majesty, a sort of stillness that is rare in a loud/busy world. Nudity creates a sense of peace, of comfort, of being gently, unashamedly human. It is disarming. It is soothing. It is equalizing. It is uplifting.
Personally, I immediately feel more comfortable and a sense of camaraderie when people are nude. There’s a welcoming. A human intimacy – and I don’t mean even remotely in any sexual sense. There’s a comfort with the self that allows other people to be comfortable around you.
It is really useful/helpful to be able to understand that there is a separation between nudity and sex/sexuality. Sex/sexuality is its own realm to explore and enjoy in the consensual agreements adults make with each other. Nudity holds its own place in the world that is separate and distinct from sex/sexuality, even though social narratives often try to program us otherwise into believing that nudity is sexual. We can reject those narratives and claim the innocent, gentle, powerfully human state of nudity as the natural, beautiful entity that it is. Claiming this space for nudity could go a long way toward healing our relationships with our bodies, ourselves, and each other.
A Note from Auntie Kat:
I have a lot of friends in the size acceptance/body acceptance, body positive, fat activist world. I am solidly with them. All bodies are good bodies and all bodies deserve respect. I’ve been a fat activist for going on 25 years now. I’ve been a nudist going on 15 years. Long enough for me that body shame has become a non-issue. It never occurs to me anymore to think about changing my body or hiding my body. I don’t worry about what I consume or don’t consume. If I want to eat something, I eat it. I naturally like a lot of “healthy” foods – but I feel no need to explain or justify my food choices, my body size/shape/fitness, my wardrobe choices, or really anything about me. I am here. I exist. I’m doing my things in the world – and that is enough. I feel internally held and supported. I stand present in myself.
It wasn’t always this way. On the contrary, I spent decades trying to change my body size, trying to shrink myself, trying to flatten my stomach. From the time I was 10 years old until I was in my early 40’s, I dieted and exercised like a person obsessed. I converted to “lifestyle changes” when I’d decided dieting was harmful – found sneaky ways to continue dieting as I also tried to make fat acceptance/celebration my reality. I’d held the problematic and untrue belief for so long that if I just got the right body size, the entire rest of my life would fall into place. Looking back, I’m not sure how I could have ever fallen for such a load of crap – for THIRTY years! But such is the power of receiving around 386,170 negative messages a year (according to Ragen Chastain) about our bodies from media and society in general.
Somewhere along the way, and I think the biggest piece of all of this was becoming a nudist, I stopped struggling with body image altogether. So much so that when I now see articles from my friends that talk about how many young girls are dieting and suffering from eating disorders, and how many women struggle with body image, I feel like, oh that’s still around? It’s just not a part of my world anymore – and it’s disorienting to see and read about people for whom it is still an issue that consumes them and prevents them from living a full and happy life. That’s still the reality for a lot (the majority?) of girls/women, and increasingly, boys/men.
I remember waiting for my life to begin when I finally attained what I thought would be my perfect body. I remember all of the self-denial and grueling exercise – and how imbalanced and small my life seemed back then, consumed with trying to be smaller than my body naturally was.
Today, I look around and I see bodies of all shapes, sizes, colors, ages, and various scars and other variations – and we’re all just human beings, all worthy of love, respect, and belonging. We don’t need to have different or “perfect” bodies. We are all miracles!
I look at myself and see signs of my body aging. And I’m okay with that. I’m comfortable in my body, grateful for my life. Maybe part of it is having survived cancer. That certainly gives a different perspective. But I think the biggest part is the nudist lifestyle. Through nudism, I have come home to my body. I invite you to see what nudism can do for you.
Greetings from Auntie Kat! 🙂
I was just reading about a nudist wave pool event that had to be canceled because of public outcry, centering of course, as these things tend to do, on “what about the children?”
Yes, let’s talk about that, please. Let’s talk about the children.
Let’s talk about children who experience safe, non-sexual nudity. Let’s talk about children who understand that their bodies are their own, that nobody is to touch them in any way without their consent, and that have strong body image because they grow up seeing and knowing that bodies come in all sizes, shapes, colors, and ages – and that all people, including themselves, are to be respected in the bodies that they are in.
Let’s talk about children who are not embarrassed, ashamed, or confused by the naked human body. Children who feel comfortable in their own skin. Children who aren’t doing inappropriate things trying to satisfy their natural curiosity about the naked human body and how it looks. Children who grow up knowing that nudity does NOT equal sexuality and who therefore do not grow into adults who sexualize people against their wills or mistake any level of nakedness as some form of invitation/consent.
Now let’s talk about adults a minute. Let’s talk about adults who cannot possibly conceive of seeing a naked person and not being sexually turned on by that. That’s a problem because that sort of mindset can give a foundation for rape culture. Nakedness is not inherently sexual. People should be able to be naked without being sexualized. When people are sexualized against their will, no matter how they are dressed or not dressed, that is a violation of consent. When children are sexualized by adults (pedophilia), that is an enormous problem. And the fact is, it IS an enormous problem in our country – and having children being fully dressed does nothing to slow it down.
We need a fundamental shift in how we see/experience nudity and sexuality. We need a profoundly better understanding of – and respect for – consent. Safe, non-sexual social nudism can play a healing role in our society. We need more people who understand and can articulate that nudity and sexuality are not the same thing. We need better communication about boundaries and expectations of behavior.
The reality is that the nude event at the wave pool would have likely been one of the most respectful, non-sexual, and safe events they ever have there. You know why? Because nudists get it and we are very protective of our women, children, and communities in general. Because male nudists know better than to leer, or make inappropriate comments, or to touch. And if adults in a nudist community see anyone behaving badly, they take steps to protect the community, including banning badly behaving people as necessary. Out in the textile world, there are lots of men who are constantly wildly inappropriate and predatory. Young girls cannot go anywhere without being sexually harassed, including church and school. If you don’t agree, you’ve never been or raised a pre-teenaged girl. And lots of boys are harassed/molested as well. We need to do better at protecting our children – but “protecting” them from nonsexual nudity is the opposite of helpful.
The rest of the world has a lot to learn from nudist communities. In the era of #metoo, don’t you think it’s way past time we started having more of these conversations? We can’t afford to allow the people who are ignorant about nudism to dominate the narrative. We need to educate!
A lot of people live within the confines of a rather small comfort zone … and long deep inside for a life where they don’t feel so trapped and limited and disconnected. It seems to be a very natural instinct to try to stay “safe” – however, sometimes that instinct works against us when we fear things that wouldn’t actually harm us and may actually benefit us. Like nudism.
Becoming a nudist is one of the best things I’ve ever done for my life. Even aside from the simple enjoyment of being nude and being comfortable in my body, it has had side benefits for me of improved body image and increased confidence that has positively impacted every area of my life.
I believe that one of the things that keeps a lot of people from taking chances on anything is a struggle with body image. Our culture gives us almost endless negative messages about our body – that can make us feel not “good enough” for anything if we let it. Nudism can be a very nice antidote to that.
When one feels alive, whole, and grounded inside their body, a whole new world of possibilities can open up. Sometimes we need to push a little outside of our comfort zones to get to the most fulfilling parts of our lives. Best wishes on your journey! Love, Auntie Kat
Hey Everybody! Auntie Kat here. Last time, I promised to share some suggestions about how to start making a push toward normalizing nudity and the natural, naked human body. We need to change the narrative of how nudity is talked about and considered in our social/cultural context.
I can remember a time when I thought “going commando” was a big deal. LOL (I need one of those emojis here where the tears are coming out while laughing). It’s funny, but it’s not. It makes me sad that as a young adult, I thought that not wearing underwear was risque. Little did I know that my future self would rarely wear underwear – and that being naked as often as possible would become a natural part of my life, no big deal at all.
I think one way to disrupt the narrative is to just start talking about it, openly and honestly. I mean, I know some people have to be careful about it because of their professions. But I don’t think that should be the case! I want a world where it’s safe to be who you are and to live how you choose as long as it isn’t hurting anyone. Do what you have to do to protect your life and well-being, but maybe try to incorporate some of these suggestions where you can into your life so that you don’t squelch your inner nudist:
1) Sleep nude. It’s good for you (read this!). It also helps you to start relaxing about nudity if you have any qualms at all. It allows you to get comfortable being naked in the privacy of your own bedroom.
2) Stay nude. If you’re in a situation where you can, maybe get dressed last. Walk around your house naked. Eat breakfast in the buff. Put off putting on clothes for as long as you can. Enjoy the freedom of your body moving without the restriction of clothing. If it’s cold where you are, maybe wear a big, comfy, warm robe that still allows you space for your body to feel free.
3) Talk about nudism with people that you feel safe sharing with. Create nudist community together with people who are interested and willing. It’s so relaxing to be able to be naked around people who won’t misconstrue your intentions.
4) Not sure how to start a conversation like that? How about leave some nudist magazines or books on your coffee table? Or like some nudist pages on FB or other social media – and maybe share some of their posts so that your friends can see that someone they know, someone “normal”, embraces the nudist lifestyle.
5) Join AANR, the American Association of Nude Recreation and stay informed about nudist issues and opportunities.
6) Visit nudist resorts and clubs. Go to nude beaches. Go on a nude cruise. Get together with friends and explore where you can enjoy nude recreation. Have dinner parties at each others’ houses.
There’s always so much more to say. This is an ongoing conversation. The current climate where nudity is seen as edgy, risque, titillating, etc. – it contributes to a culture of rape and sexual harassment. We need to normalize nudity to help heal the damage that has been done for so many years by demonizing, shaming, and sexualizing the naked human body. If nudity, particularly public/social nudity, were just a regular, natural, normal aspect of life, it would change everything for the better.
Throughout human history, the nude human figure has been considered a work of art – or at least the subject of, and inspiration for, many works of art. From the Venus of Willendorf statues to more modern art, nudity is accepted and even celebrated. Why not, then, the actual human nude bodies that literally all of us live in? Why this divorce from our natural state of existence?
The absurdity of “modesty” is almost too overwhelming to address. It is predicated upon a belief system that the human body is inherently shameful and corrupt and should be hidden. Well, I don’t agree with any of those things!
Our bodies are miracles! And beautiful. And human. And natural. What’s not natural is demonizing the human body. What’s not acceptable is sexualizing the natural human body to the point where people equate nudity with sexuality and think our human bodies are obscene. While we’re right there, let’s add that making sexuality obscene is all kinds of problematic – resulting in all kinds of aberrations and abuses. But I really don’t want to digress down that rabbit hole. Let’s just stick with the basic point that nudity is not inherently sexual and naked human bodies are absolutely not obscene.
On the contrary, the insistence of the obscenity of the naked human form is in itself a form of violence and abuse against the human body – and against us as inhabitants of human bodies. Our bodies are NOT obscene, dirty, lewd, corrupt, or deserving of punishment, censure, or shame. Again, the issue of sex-negativity comes up here. There are worthy discussions to be had about that another day.
We shouldn’t have to worry about covering up our bodies properly so that we aren’t harassed, gossiped about, shamed, attacked, vilified, raped, or otherwise having our lives compromised because of archaic, hostile, and damaging ideas about the naked human body.
I mean, really. Think about it. People lost their minds when Janet Jackson’s nipple popped out at the Super Bowl Halftime Show. Why is a woman’s nipple so shocking? Everyone has nipples! It’s just a natural human body part! On the other hand, almost nobody bats an eye as ever gorier violence overtakes our television and movie screens. Human beings being violently blown up or cut apart – that is truly horrifying, abominable, and obscene! Awful! Our sense of what is natural and accepted has been so corrupted that what’s natural and even beautiful is condemned and what’s horrifying is normalized.
So, let’s start taking back control of the narrative, shall we? Let’s make a strong push toward normalizing nudity and the natural, naked human body. Next time, I’ll have some suggestions on how to do that. Cheers from Auntie Kat!
You may have seen in the news on any number of occasions that the dress codes for girls in schools are adapted in order for the girls to not be “distracting” to the male students and teachers. Most recently, I saw a school district that changed their rules to make girls’ skirts have to be longer so as not to cause the male staff to feel uncomfortable or tempted. All I have to say to that is if someone is tempted by the uncovered legs of a child, then that person has serious problems and should not be working with children in any capacity. And definitely not left alone with a child ever.
Do you know that there are places in the world where girls and women can be completely naked, even sit with their legs spread open and their genitals exposed to the sun and wind – in public, around boys and men, and they are not ogled, disrespected, harassed, abused, raped, or even innocently touched without consent? True fact. Can you even imagine that?
Do you know that there are places in the world where girls and women can be bare-chested and free without fear of anyone commenting on their bodies or making a big deal of it? There are places where it’s natural to be nude/naked and people of all ages, sizes, shapes, colors, and every diversity from all walks of life gather to enjoy nature, hang out with friends, and live a clothes-free lifestyle, whether on vacation or permanently.
Do you know that there are places in the world where boys and men can be completely naked and walk around among girls and women who are completely naked – and they just treat everyone exactly the same as if they were all clothed? They aren’t touching themselves or touching the girls or women. They aren’t being inappropriately sexual. They are just being normal human beings in their natural bodies. This DOES happen all of the time, every day at many places around the world. Life CAN be like this!
I am, of course, referring to family friendly nudist resorts, camps, and clubs. They are some of the safest places in the world for women and children. And they are proof that it is totally possible for men to be among naked women and children without sexualizing them, harassing them, abusing them, and/or raping them.
They are also proof that the key to keeping boys and men from being sexual predators has nothing to do with what girls and women are wearing or not wearing. On the contrary, if we treated nudity as normal and natural – and not as titillation for entitled men – there could be a dynamic shift in our culture away from misogynistic values and toward equality, freedom, and true bodily autonomy for everyone. Think about that a moment, please. Really consider it. Nudism could be a healing force in the world. Also, girls and women should never have to cover up or change anything about their bodies in order to live their lives without harassment, fear, or shame.
Auntie Kat here. 🙂
This past Thursday, I had the pleasure of giving tours of Cypress Cove to two sociology classes from Valencia College. I showed them the grounds and the amenities, and we talked about Cypress Cove’s history and about nudism in general, as well as the benefits of nudism.
I wish I’d had this information when I was their age! It would have changed my life so much for the better. Well, it still did – my life is infinitely improved because of nudism – but it took me until I was 40 to have the courage to try nudism. Back then, there was so much I didn’t know!
It’s not the same as actually getting to be here and see how beautiful and nice it is here, but I wanted to share with you a few of the thoughts about nudism that I shared with the students that may be helpful for you to know now, no matter what your age. It’s never too late or too early to benefit from social nudism.
One of the most important things to know about nudism is that nudists are just normal people. We come from all walks of life. We come in all ages, sizes, shapes, colors/skin tones, gender identities, socio-economic statuses, professions, abilities/disabilities, etc. We have scars and sometimes missing limbs or body parts. In other words, you don’t have to look or be a certain way to be a nudist. Everyone who respects nudist values belongs.
When I was 20-something, I thought my body wasn’t “good enough” to enter a nudist resort. I thought I was too fat – that everyone at nudist resorts looked like models. Not so. The majority of people at Cypress Cove are retirees/senior citizens. We also do have young families and people of all ages and stages of life. It’s a beautiful community where everyone fits in.
One of the great gifts of nudism for me has been learning to be comfortable and happy with my body at any size. I struggled with body image my entire life until I became a nudist. Most girls and women do – how could we not when we’re given approximately 386,170 messages a year that our bodies are not okay as they are? (source).
It is an awesome thing to be loved and accepted and enjoyed for who you are independent of how your body looks. And what a gift to feel comfortable in your own skin! I mean, we’re still human beings living in this society and impacted by the media and typical social values, but nudists more than most people relate to each other in a way that is more about who a person is than what they look like.
Shedding clothes is a great equalizer. We take off our “masks” and the identities that dressing a certain way gives us. You don’t know if the person sitting next to you at the pool is a doctor, teacher, CEO, secretary, or anything else. They are HUMAN. Nudism puts us more in touch with our humanity – with nature, with ourselves, and with each other.
It’s important to note that Cypress Cove is affiliated with AANR (the American Association of Nude Recreation) and we practice shared nudist values of nonsexual, family friendly nudity. There are places that don’t belong to AANR, where there is open sexuality along with nudity, such as Caliente Resort in Land O Lakes, Florida and Hedonism in Negril, Jamaica. Those places are fine for consenting adults. We create a different atmosphere here at Cypress Cove and in other AANR affiliated clubs and resorts.
Nonsexual nudity allows us to drop the ever-present socially imposed sexualization of the human body that so tiresomely weighs on all of us. Nonsexual nudity allows us the gentleness of just being in our bodies and being connected to our own bodies, to nature, and to each other in a way that feels free and without sexual pressure or fear.
Cypress Cove is literally one of the only places in the world where a woman can walk down the street naked in the middle of the night and have no fear for her safety or worry about being harassed or attacked. In most places in the world, a fully clothed and even armed woman isn’t safe to walk anywhere in the middle of the night. There is an omnipresent threat of violence for girls and women, particularly, and some men too, to even exist in many places in this world.
Whether we are harassed by being whistled at, leered at, “hey baby”d, or yelled at to “lose some weight!” – most of us have had to, at some point, deal with uninvited and unwanted attention/comments on our bodies. Often the comments are sexualized. Many of us have experienced unwanted touch. Now imagine a place where that doesn’t happen. Imagine a place where you can even be naked and nobody is going to harass you – because the shared values of the community do not allow for that. And if someone is inappropriate, they are immediately removed from the community – and banned for life from any AANR affiliated clubs and resorts.
Welcome to Cypress Cove. You can relax here. You can get naked here. You can experience yourself here in a different way than you can virtually anywhere else in the world.
Several students asked about sexuality and nudists. I’ll go into this more in depth in a future writing, but for now just let me say this: nudists are like any other population. There are nudists who are asexual and nudists who are very sexual – and everywhere in between on the spectrum. Wearing clothes or being nude doesn’t change one’s sexual energy, sexual desires, or sexual preferences. People are who they are. People still go behind closed doors and have their pleasure and fun. We just agree as a community to be respectful and keep the PDA rated G/PG. Just like one would do anywhere else there are children present. Nudity is not inherently sexual. If that were understood and respected, it could help heal a lot of problems in this world.
Auntie Kat here with some thoughts on nudity for you.
Nudity has generally been associated in this culture with either one of two things: 1) shame/embarrassment, or 2) sexuality.
Here’s the thing: there’s a whole universe of possibilities other than these two narrow parameters to which nudity has been confined.
For starters, there is the possibility of nudity without any shame or embarrassment. That’s actually a more natural state. Shame and embarrassment about the natural human body are something that has to be taught. It is not necessary. It is not good nor virtuous. It is just damaging in all sorts of ways – to our self image, to our relationships with our own bodies and those of others, and to our perception of how regular human bodies look and move.
This indoctrination in shame has left most people feeling like we aren’t worthy to be seen naked, like our bodies aren’t “good enough.” We’ve been taught that the only people who should ever be seen naked fit into a very narrow stereotype. That is not okay or acceptable. Everyone deserves to feel good in their own miraculous body!
There is also the possibility of nudity that doesn’t center sexuality. Nonsexual nudity. Imagine a world where women’s bodies and our sexualities aren’t commercialized to sell everything from cars to toothpaste. Imagine a world where men don’t feel the right or entitlement to leer, catcall, objectify, touch, harass, or otherwise intimidate women regardless of how girls/women are dressed or undressed.
Imagine a world where sexuality is actually completely consensual and appropriate, rather than thrust upon people, particularly women, for just existing in a human body. Nudists enjoy sexuality too, just like anybody else. We are usually more clear than the average person about boundaries, consent, how to communicate, and how to have respect for community space in regards to nudity. One must understand that nudity does not equal sexuality in order to be in nudist space with other nudists.
This isn’t to say that one isn’t a sexual being or doesn’t have sexual feelings, of course. But knowing and respecting that we agree to keep sexuality private and behind closed doors is essential for family friendly nudist resorts. That starts with a fundamental understanding that nudity does NOT equal sexuality.
So, let’s break out of this societal prison – and explore social nudity that isn’t defined by shame/embarrassment or by sexuality. Learn to be comfortable in your own skin and free in your body. It feels great to go swimming naked! Or to be out in the sunshine, with the breeze blowing over your naked body. Explore walking around naked, biking naked, golfing naked (where it’s allowed, of course). You’ll see that nudity is natural and feels good. And that social nudity can improve body image, can be relaxing and fun, and feel very freeing. And that naked is just … naked. It doesn’t mean anything beyond that.
Nude is our most normal, natural state. There is a grace to nudity – a quiet gentleness in our nakedness, a vulnerability that allows us to connect more easily – to nature, to ourselves, and to each other.
Nudity as a taboo or stigma is an absurd distancing of ourselves from our very humanity. Our nude bodies deserve reverence, respect, and safety.
There is a certain violence and violation to disrespect the nude human body, to thrust upon it non-consensual, over-sexualized meanings and intents. A nude body is just a nude body. It doesn’t mean anything beyond that. Let the person tell you and show you who they are. Nakedness alone doesn’t tell you anything. Nudity is absolutely NOT implied intent or consent.
We all deserve to feel safe, comfortable, and happy in our own nude bodies without shame or fear.
Auntie Kat here, with a couple of things to tell you (in case you didn’t know):
1) Nudism is NOT sexual. It is NOT “risqué”. There is nothing sexually suggestive about nudity. It is only intention that makes anything sexual. Think about it – think when you’re taking a shower or bath, when you’re getting dressed, about the times when anyone is nude for non-sexual reasons – it isn’t a sexual event. At all. Now expand your thinking. Swimming, riding a bike, golfing, playing tennis, going for a hike, dancing, gardening, sun-bathing … none of these things are sexual just because they are done nude. Nude is natural. So, please stop sexualizing it and snickering about nudity as though it were titillating or shameful. We ALL have nude bodies. It’s time to stop any shame around the natural human body and embrace our powerful humanity. If you go to an AANR-approved club/resort/camp/beach, you can be assured that non-sexual nudity is practiced there.
2) You don’t have to look a certain way or have a particular body type to be a nudist. Nudists come in all sizes, shapes, ages, colors, and every diversity you can think of. If you are in a body and share basic nudist values, nudism is for you – and you are welcome! I waited over 20 years to visit Cypress Cove after I first heard about it – because I was afraid I didn’t have the right sort of body to be nude. I wish I’d known back then that nudist places are NOT a meat market type atmosphere and that all sorts of people in all sorts of bodies are there, enjoying life! There’s no competition, no judging. Everyone is accepted as the person they are. So, don’t wait or hesitate – there’s nothing that you need to change about your body to be a nudist. If nudism appeals to you, then try it!
We all have the right to feel safe and comfortable in our own bodies. Nudity does NOT equal sexuality. Nudity does NOT equal eroticism. Nudity equals nakedness. That’s it. Being in our own natural bodies. Being naked in nature has long been recognized as having mental, emotional, and physical health benefits. Being nude socially in non-sexual environments is also beneficial in many ways. It is immensely important that we stop allowing the human body to be constantly sexualized. We are so much more than our bodies. And our bodies are so much more than containers for our sexuality! Nude is natural, innocent, and beautiful. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.