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Nudism, naturism, clothing optional beaches, skinnydipping..

Unread postby musicmonkey » Thu Apr 19, 2007 12:05 am

Even after the fall of Adam and Eve, God still did not find nudity shameful but we did: Genesis 3:11 "And he said, 'Who told you that you were naked?'"

The topic of nudity, "naked therapy", etc. has cropped up several times over the years in various threads here ranging from "Naturists Evangelizing" to "Burning Man" to simply sharing a hot tub or sauna in the buff or cuddling one's own child. (See the related links at the bottom of this post)

I think each person's own comfort level with nudity is linked to their own views on modesty, upbringing, personal boundaries, body insecurities, fears of intimacy, etc. I think that there are pros and cons to being "for" and "against" nudity, just as there are pros and cons to social drinking, etc. and that religion, culture and society also largely influence our views. For example, a man could be fined for removing his shirt in Central Park as late as 1960.

As summer beach weather is approaching soon, what are your thoughts on clothing optional beaches and/or nudism? Feel free to quote from or draw upon these and other related posts:

Related Posts:

- Naturists Unashamedly Doing Evangelism and Surfing (NUDES)
- Burning Man - A Christian Perspective
- Boys To Men: Rediscovering rites of passage for our time

External links:

- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breastfeeding
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_nudity
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indecent_exposure
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Issues_in_social_nudity
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naturism
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nude_beach
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nude_recreation
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nudism
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nudity
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nudity_and_sexuality
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_bathing
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_nudity
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shirtless
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skinny_dipping
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_nud ... ristianity

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Re: Nudism, naturism, clothing optional beaches, skinnydipping..

Unread postby funguy » Thu May 24, 2007 1:10 pm

in theory i'm in favor of nudism, naturism, etc. in practice...i'm comfortable doing so in the company of other men, but not in a mixed-gender setting. now, i wasn't always comfortable even in male-only settings, so it's quite possible that if i had the opportunity to be nude with members of the opposite sex that i would eventually get use to it as well. but i'm in no hurry to make that happen -- i like keeping some things mysterious.

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Re: Nudism, naturism, clothing optional beaches, skinnydipping..

Unread postby Mercuryotis » Fri May 25, 2007 9:10 pm

I'm planning a trip to a naturist campground in a few weeks, when I had gone a couple years ago i had not trouble socializing with people of either sex, this time I was planning to ask some close friends but since the serious turn my friendship with a female friend, I think that would probably add an unnecessisary complication to our relationship. Had we gone to the camp just a year ago i think it would have been totally different. On one hand being nude is just a comfortable option for a person to choose. On the other it has certain consequences in how we relate to those around us.

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Re: Nudism, naturism, clothing optional beaches, skinnydipping..

Unread postby Mercuryotis » Sun May 27, 2007 12:03 pm

Well I have to add an addendum to my last post, It seems that my gf really wants to go to the camp so, we're going to give it a try. we had a good talk about personal insecurities, etc. last night and I'm hoping that this trip will keep encouraging some good communication. I'll let you know if it works.

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Re: Nudism, naturism, clothing optional beaches, skinnydipping..

Unread postby funguy » Tue Jun 05, 2007 8:49 pm

so what happened, mercuryotis? don't leave us hanging! Very Happy


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