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NeonKaos 07-22-2009 07:02 PM

Recreational Nudity
So, I thought this might be a good topic because Husband and I like to camp and swim at clothing-optional places (abbreviated to c/o). I cringe at being labeled a "nudist" just because I like to do this, but I guess that is what I am by definition. However, I prefer to focus on the "optional" part, very much the way "poly" people would rather focus on the "amory" part, at least intellectually.

There are so many ways that the discussions on this board could apply to nudism (or "naturism" as some folks call it) if you interchanged a few words. For example, the overlap between the "swingers" scene is eerily similar, as well as the focus on couples and women in certain contexts. Also, the ongoing debate about the grey areas where nudity and sexuality overlap (as well as the areas to which they are exclusive). Although I do not have nor do I plan to have children, this too is a big point of contention within the c/o scene.

My whole motivation is comfort - I hate the feeling of a wet bathing suit and I also hate the feeling of clothes all sweaty and digging in to me on a hot day. I do tell people I meet because some of them turn out to be curious and want to try it, but I don't go around trying to "convert" people.

Now, I am not writing a book or an article here, so I'm leaving this open ended to see where the discussion will go, instead of starting off with a bunch of opinions and theories about this topic.

Anyone else here like hanging out naked?

This is one place we like to go (actually, Husband is kind of bored with it because HE is the one who needs "variety" when it comes to PLACES, while I find a PLACE i like and want to go back there over and over. I am the same way with food (although I do like to try new things), books, and movies. So, we haven't been going here as much this year as in past years):


XYZ123 07-22-2009 11:23 PM

We're born naked! If it were socially acceptable to roam around naked and enough people were doing it that I wouldn't be the object of too much attention, I'd be naked all the time. Except for sneakers. NYC streets are filthy. :D

Sadly, I can't run naked through my house until after 9 when the child is in bed. He's at that age where he wants to know why I don't have a penis and insists on telling my friends that I am lacking one because he's "seen mommy naked". Then I get the funny looks and comments.

NeonKaos 07-22-2009 11:59 PM

Ya, I was brought up seeing both of my parents naked around the house, so that probably has something to do with the way I feel about it now which is... not a big deal. They never brought me to a c/o campground or anything, but I don't ever remember wondering why my mother didn't have a penis, and if I ever asked that, she would have just told me why.

foxflame88 07-23-2009 01:17 AM

Another nudist here.... I've never been to a "clothing optional" public place, but I am nude at home whenever I can be. (Having extended family living here, it isn't always possible.)

Olivier 07-23-2009 04:26 AM

Being nude is great! If it were up to me there would be no bans on nudity anywhere - people should be free to do what they like (as long as they respect another persons integrity/property obviously). Imagine a world where people would be running around naked, loving eachother, sharing, polyamourous. Wonder where the name eden came from :)

I plan on visiting an island in the south of france soon where everyone is nude - it's supposed to be a great atmosphere there - probably a bit of a different world.

Ile de Levant

Get the Ferry from le Lavendou - is a naturist island established since the 1950's full of artists and nudists living back-to-nature. If you're looking for sensual adventure, they say the island is invaded by sensualists of all nationalities in the first two weeks of August.
Visit Ile de Levant website



Ygirl: 'when it comes to PLACES, while I find a PLACE i like and want to go back there over and over' -> I am exactly the same way - also with restaurants etc ;)

NeonKaos 07-23-2009 01:42 PM

I'm that way with restaurants too... Fortunately, that is one of the areas where Husband is also a creature of habit!

I was originally planning on making the first thread in this forum about food, foodies, and food-porn...

Olivier 07-23-2009 01:47 PM

Talking aboot food-porn.. care to go deeper into that? In the last months I have sometimes experienced eating as a sort of aphrodisiac. It made me want to eat and have sex at the same time. I've never had that before.. becoming horny because of food.. and don't know anything about it either. I guess it would be about combining several senses at once? It is especially true when I'm eating with my bare hands. I sorta like it. Maybe I have to try sitting with girl on carpet at fireplace, naked, both eating food with bare hands and feeding eachother transitioning into sex.

River 07-24-2009 01:02 AM

I remember a photo of me as a child running around naked in my family's house as a young boy. I had forgotten that I'd done so, and was a little surprised, as I'd never have considered doing so at twelve, when the photo showed up. I looked quite at ease about it, as though there were nothing at all strange going on. And there wasn't, at the time. It was perfectly natural and normal. At least in the confines -- and privacy -- of closed doors, and under the protection of childhood. (I had at least that sort of protection.)

One day, as a teenager, a beautiful, lithe, teen girl came up out of the brush at the river, completely naked, and amongst a bunch of teen boys (of which I was one) who were swinging into the river from a rope tied to a tree -- releasing the rope and plunging ten or twelve feet to the depth of water below. We all wore swimming trunks, and her appearance was almost precisely as startling and strange as if she'd been an alien crawling out of a flying saucer, with tentacles drooping and dangling from her head.

It was our job not to let her or the others see how befuddling strange the situation was. We performed our role in this play perfectly! For her, it was obvious that naked teen girls among teen boys in swim trunks was as natural as the patchouli, granola, sandals, and tie-dyed t-shirts we were less exposed to, and we didn't want our reluctant inculcated prudishness or thunderstruck startlement to disuade her from our presence. It was a moment of the sort Leonard Cohen had sung about.: "There is a crack in everything; that's how the light gets in."

That same light appeared when I went to a female friend's apartment one day, years and years later..., knocked, and she opened the door with the light all over her, just so. I did not think to join her beside the window-shaped patch of floor-sun-light dressed just as she. I wonder how that would have went?

And later still in years I found myself among dozens of naked men in a forest grove! Gradually, it became natural again, being naked among naked others, just like that. As if we were salmon, or otters!

Wait a minute! I was not "running around naked" in that photo, but only just standing there... or was I sitting? I don't remember, and haven't seen that photo (now missing) in decades. I said "running around naked" out of some dark habit borne of the encroachment of "normality" where naked sunlight--via Cohen's "crack"--ought to be. Naked people, we learn growing up, must be "running around" that way, unless their nakedness is hidden. In a bed room. Where it's normal.



XYZ123 07-26-2009 03:45 PM

I had to do three loads of laundry today and I was just thinking "How great would it be if we were all just naked?"

NeonKaos 07-26-2009 03:50 PM

I think of that whenever we go camping somewhere where I can't be naked. Camping in the rain is also better with no clothes on.

However, I'm not too uptight to put on clothes when it gets cold!

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