people who investigate naturism and/or social nudity
a little are surprised to find that (in Holland, at
least) it seems to be something that appeals mostly
to people over 36. This have not to be so, and it is
something that needs to change in order for the
pleasures of clothes-freedom to be available to as
many people as possible. Young people who have looked
into nudism and naturism or visited nude beaches are
often dismayed to find relatively few in their own
age group. Many (most?) others never even give the
possibility of social nudity a thought since it seems
to be so far outside the norms of society as they
have experienced it.
Yet there are reasons why one might expect young
people to be more inclined to tolerate and have an
interest in nakedness than older folks:
1.Being naked is pleasurable and fun - and young
people especially like what's fun.
2.Young people have the time and inclination to enjoy
life and have fun. (They may feel that they have
little free time - but they will have even less time
when they are deeply involved with a career and have
a family to support!)
3.Young people have had less time to become entangled
in social structures that might discourage an
interest in nudity (e. g. a career, the rat race,
kids of their own, etc.)
4.Having had less time to internalize social taboos,
young people ought to be more daring and more
inclined to try new and unusual things.
5. Young nudists should be less worried about how
their bodies look since they haven't suffered the
bulges, sags, and scars of advancing age.
6.Young people are less likely to be in a committed
relationship where the other person is strongly
opposed to nudity.
Unfortunately for all concerned - both the younger
and the older generation - there is an unequal
representation of age groups among people who like to
be naked, especially in social situations. And this
under-representation itself becomes a deterrent for
young people to become involved with social nudity,
just as it does with other demographic categories,
such as women. It hasn't always been this way. The
generation of people who came of age in the 60s and
70s were more at ease with nudity (even though,
statistically, interest in nudity was still rather
outside of the mainstream). Perhaps this has more
than a little to do with why this generation, now
middle-aged, is more strongly represented in social
nudity than younger people.
People in this age range can recall (if they happen
to be male) when it was normal to swim naked at the
Y. They remember, fondly, the clothing optional
parties and skinny dipping that weren't uncommon on
campuses in the late 60s and 70s. They flocked in
large numbers to the "free" beaches - many of which
still are "clothing optional", but rather less
heavily used. How can young people become more
involved in clothes-freedom and social nudity? Here
are some general suggestions, both for young people
themselves, and for anyone who wants to see
clothes-freedom available to people of all ages. It
shouldn't be a secret that only certain older folks
1.No one's arm needs to be twisted to discover the
enjoyment of nakedness. Just trying it once in a
pleasant, supportive environment is usually enough to
convince someone who has no entrenched hang-ups about
nudity. The environment can be in the privacy of
one's own home. "Just do it."
2.Keep in mind that the world of clothes-freedom,
social nudity, naturism, or whatever it's called is
very diverse. it isn't just one thing. It isn't
(necessarily) a lifestyle you need to follow at all
times. There are many different ways to enjoy it.
There will be aspects of this world that are more to
your own personal liking than others. Try to find
what is right for you.
3.There are a number of specific, easy steps anyone
can take to begin experiencing and enjoying the
pleasures of clothes-freedom and social nudity. Here
is an organized list of suggestions for how to get
started that should be useful to people of any age.
4.Read and think about some of the reasons why young
people are most often discouraged from trying social
nudity. There are specific suggestions for overcoming
each of the obstacles and deterrents.
5.Look for online places where you can discuss
clothes-freedom, social nudity, and naturism with
others, many of whom have useful experience. There
are many alternatives, such as discussion forums,
chat rooms, mailing lists, and individual Web site
guest books. There are lists of such sites here.
6.Get involved with various online groups which are
specifically trying to help young people learn about
and experience clothes-freedom. Some of these are
places with the specific purpose of helping young
people with a common interest in social nudity make
contact with each other. You'll find several such
groups in the following list of external links. (And
getting involved means actively taking part, not just
talking about doing something.)
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