MYTH #1. Naturists are exhibitionists
FALSE! Naturism is all about non-sexual nudity. Naturists enjoy the freedom and comfort they get from nudity in natural environment. They do it for their well-being and not to expose themselves or to shock anyone. Naturists do not wander the streets naked without having any disregard for those around them. They don’t break the law and they are not on a mission to upset or impose their own values and life style on anyone unwilling. They may be satisfied to agree that it is a personal option and don’t go around attempting to recruit! Naturists restrict their naked time to the privacy of their own homes or to naturist resorts, beaches, cruises etc. with like-minded people.
MYTH #2. Naturists are sexual perverts
FALSE! Naturism is a way of living without clothes and has nothing to do with sexuality. This myth follows an absurd equation that nudity=sexuality. If so, taking bath or shower would be sexual practice, too.
MYTH #3. Naturism promotes evil
FALSE! Wearing clothes doesn’t stop perverse tendencies of some people. The perversity is a sexual dysfunction and therefore has nothing to do with nudity.
MYTH #4. Naturist clubs are swinger clubs
FALSE! Swinging is a sexual practice and has nothing to do with naturism.
MYTH #5. Naturism is not for children/families
FALSE! Children are innate. Are not we all born naked? The clothing and prudishness is a learned behavior.
MYTH #6. Naturists are only ugly, old people
FALSE! Most clothing-optional and naturist resorts are extremely family-friendly. Yes, there are some nudist locations where you’re likely to find a high number of older folks. But as nudism goes more mainstream, a lot of families and young people are embracing the movement.
MYTH #7. I’m too (fat, thin, old, ugly, wrinkled, etc.) to be naturist, because naturists must have perfect bodies
FALSE! Naturist come in every shape and size. Naturism is a philosophy that puts down values imposed on us by society, especially by the media. Naturists are simply real people – representative of the general population.
In fact those who attend the “textile” or “necessary swimsuit” beaches seem to be usually more concerned about their appearance. If they don’t look like a guy on the cover of men fitness magazine or a supermodel Miss America/Barbie doll – they end up omitting the beach at all.
On the other hand most naturists see the beach as much more comfortable and natural without clothes. Imperfections of the body are ignored and appear to be irrelevant in a naturist environment. Looks won’t stop an experienced naturists from returning to the beach.
MYTH #8. Naturism is practiced only in “nudist camps”
FALSE! Naturism is practiced on many naturist beaches, but also in public places and at events reserved for this purpose.
MYTH #9. Naturists are gay
FALSE! Homosexuality refers to sexual preference. Again nudity and sexuality are two separate things and have no link between them
MYTH #10. Naturism is not for me
Perhaps… but probably wrong. Everyone must make choices without imposing them on others. It is up to you whether you should try naturism. But do not judge what you do not know. People who become nudist do not regret it and discover it as a liberating practice.
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