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    How naked is a Naturist?

     Roni Fine attempts to classify the different stages of Naturism and asks are you Regular or Weird! 

    10 Naked all the time I can! 

    9 Naked at all BN events. 

    8 Naked at Naturist clubs. 

    7 Naked on dedicated Naturist beaches. 

    6 Naked on holiday abroad. 

    5 Naked in own (secluded) garden. 

    4 Naked in own home alone. 

    3 Naked; might be tempted but unlikely. 

    2 Naked; only when essential. 

    1 Naked? No! Don’t even talk about it! 

    When I started encouraging other people to give Naturism a try I knew some thought it was a strange thing done by weird people, plus me. Well they obviously weren’t classing me as weird, they must have meant the others!

    I soon decided there were different degrees of perceived weirdness as we are individuals and all have different reasons for being Naturist and different ways of being so. 

    I make no secret of the fact that when I met my husband and realised he belonged to a Naturist club I told him not to even ask me to go there as I wouldn’t, not ever, never! 

    So that was me at number 1. 

    Then I relented and thought I ought to at least give it a try for his sake, as I could tell he’d enjoyed going. So I wavered between 3 and 4. 

    Meanwhile I tried Naturism for the first time on the Welsh Morfa Dyffryn beach. Going naked on a public beach is easier than being up close to people and there’s a certain amount of protection from the anonymity it provides. That took me up to 7. 

    That experience prompted me to discovering, on a wet day in May, that the club grounds were lovely; the bluebells amongst the trees were beautiful. The few members present came across as friendly, “normal” people, so I agreed to return when the weather was sunny: the rest is history! That placed me at number 8. 

    In the past 12 yrs as Public Relations Officer for my club I have been interviewed and photographed for magazines and newspapers, spoken on local radio (I was naked for that!) and even filmed for a television programme (for which I stayed dressed and was subsequently labelled a prudish Naturist!) I know the media like to use nudity to increase the viewing figures but I have frequently warned them to watch out for the eccentrics. They are in all walks of life, not just the Naturist community, and they love the attention and are sometimes more of an exhibitionist than a regular Naturist, after all, Naturism is about feeling good and never about being looked at. 

    Ahh, but what, I hear you ask, is a “regular Naturist”? A very good question! This is where my Naturist scale came in. Initially I thought being a Naturist meant you preferred not to wear clothes but I’ve since discovered it isn’t that simple. Some will only strip off in certain situations and are uncomfortable in others. I’d thought being a Naturist at ease with one’s own nudity would include being at ease with other people’s nudity too but it seems this isn’t always the case and this surprises me. 

    Most houses now have draught free UPVC windows and central heating and, with lovely warm duvets, people no longer need to wear clothes to sleep in but just because I sleep naked doesn’t mean all Naturists do. Whilst I personally have never felt the need to attend a Naturist shopping night in a local store (imagine the hassle of getting undressed, what to do with your clothes, the look of the sales assistants and passers-by staring in the windows!) attend “cinema in the buff” (why would I want to sit naked in the dark with other naked people?) ride a Northampton test lift tower (but then I don’t like heights or being crammed into a small space with a lot of people, naked or otherwise) appear naked on TV (unnecessary and anyway, they are never actually seen to be completely naked so why bother?) or even streak across a cricket ground (that is so old hat!) but I really don’t mind if other Naturists do all of these things and their doing so wouldn’t make me feel uncomfortable. I also think there are two main categories of Naturism; “Outdoors” and “Indoors/Outdoors”. I mostly fall into the Outdoor category. I had no idea why people wanted to take part in social nudity until I felt the warm breeze on my bare skin and realised it was because it felt good! As simple as that! I don’t necessarily need the hot sunshine to bask in. Just give me enough warmth to feel comfortable and it can be in shade or cloud but, preferably, not rain! 

    There are many who see Naturism as a way to obtain an all over tan without the dreaded white bits – which, trust me, can be one of the worst things to happen to a Naturist! These people will be seen poolside in foreign climes or only on the hottest, brightest days of our own summers. Many of this category will lay on their sun beds, rotating slowly all afternoon but come sundown, they are up and dressed even if the temperature doesn’t drop drastically. They equate cloudy weather and sunset as the time to be clothed whilst the rest want to remain naked until they feel the cold and dress accordingly. 

    Foreign holidays are also a time many will go skinny-dipping but deny being a Naturist and would never do the same thing back home. They are only comfortable whilst they have the excitement of the holiday to explain their enjoyment of nudity, albeit short lived. 

    The other main category will strip off whenever, and wherever, they can. They will attend any Naturist location and event purely to be naked whether indoors or out and even in inclement weather. These are the 10s. They might even have their heating on higher in the colder months so that they can remain naked in comfort. While I choose not to pay higher energy bills to do this, I have no problem with those who do. Actually it’s sometimes nice to snuggle under a soft blanket on the settee on a winter’s night, so I do what I prefer and they do what they prefer. I’m not adverse to winter Naturism, in fact I’ve washed my car naked on a cold but bright New Year’s Day – at the club, I hasten to add, not outside my house! 

    Some want to live their lives naked and consider it unnecessary to dress even when they have visitors to their house. They are saying, “I’m a Naturist, accept me as I am!” and if it works for them, who am I to suggest it’s wrong? But there are those who will. I think it would be best if the visitors are aware of this decision before they enter the home but having just come in, they will know the way out if they can’t cope! I would respect the home owner’s choice as “The Englishman’s home is his castle”. 

    I’ve attended a BN AGM that wasn’t at a Naturist venue and I considered the few that wanted to challenge their right to be naked were actually being unreasonable and it was correct for BN to consider others in the building that hadn’t expected, or chosen, to see naked people. That didn’t make any of us any less of a Naturist. 

    I have noticed those playing at BN sporting events are often partially or fully clothed and few are naked and I’ve heard people complain that you’d hardly know it was a Naturist event. Maybe they should ask the contestants why they do this. I did. They explained it’s due to comfort and warmth as well as sometimes feeling a little too exposed bending down whilst under close scrutiny of the spectators, such as occurs with a game of Petanque. I can understand that. 

    I often hear people talking about their particular club’s rules which usually make perfect sense as a club has to create a pleasant and safe environment for their members else they won’t continue to be members and the club could easily fall into financial difficulties. 

    It’s understandable that clubs make one or two evening socials quite formal as even Naturists like to don their dinner suits and sparkly gowns at times and most think fancy dress is fun but the majority prefer discos and dances to be clothed as they object to naked people getting up close and personal on the dance floor, but are they right to ban it? People should behave well whether clothed or not and Naturism is a non-sexual nudity but if they feel there’s a risk, they should perhaps dance further apart! There are those who say they don’t want to see “people’s bits jiggle up and down”. We say Naturism is about body confidence and not necessarily body beautiful so perhaps we should accept people’s wobbly bits and live for the moment! Those who can fully immerse themselves into the music are to be envied, not criticised. 

    BN events are obviously going to be encouraging nudity as that is their reason for existence. Be prepared to be naked 24/7 during meetings, activities, meals and dancing. It’s perfectly obvious why events such as the water park at Alton Towers suits Naturism; none of us would want to return to wearing soggy swimwear! 

    Seasoned BN members see nudity as a lifestyle and will carry out all their activities, be it body painting, yoga, debating or dining, whilst naked and think nothing of it. Their nudity continues through the evening of music and dancing and it seems to work well as I’ve never heard of anyone being evicted from the dance floor for inappropriate behaviour. 

    I thought Naturism was about body acceptance and being comfortable in your own skin amongst like-minded people but it seems some have a problem and there are still times, even within a Naturist environment, that nudity is frowned upon. I think the solution to all of these situations is simply “Personal Choice”. 

    I think we need to accept that with any large group of people there will be different preferences and we should be more lenient towards one another, respect one another’s choices and accept, though we all do things slightly differently, we all embrace the one thing that unites us: Nudity! 

    That brings me back to the Naturist scale; which is Regular and which is Weird? Number one or number ten? 

     

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    john.gwalter

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    My own sequence was 6,7,8, 5, 4, 10.

    I have not yet experienced the others.

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    Fearless Five

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    We enjoyed reading your article Roni and it raised questions that we all think about from time to time. We started off on naturist beaches about 20 years ago and gradually immersed ourselves into the naturist lifestyle. We are now pretty well at No.10. We rarely go on holiday to 'textile' places, most of our close friends are naturist and social events at home are often naked. We always disrobe for the evening and often spend summer days in the nude. Sounds a bit obsessive but that is 'normal' for us. Our family are aware of our naturist holidays but would struggle with the idea of us dining naked at home; so we don't tell them (some things are better unsaid).

    Having to dress for the evening social events at our excellent club is bizarre and a bit of an issue for us. But actually we are happy with the excellent and realise that perfection is sometimes an unrealistic (and unhealthy) goal.

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    I too thought it was a very interesting and thought provoking article, as Roni's usually are. Interestingly I too joined the scale at 7,6,& 8 but really that is a matter of detail. I did wonder if the scale could be placed on two axis with the y axis being the one which described and activity the other x the horizontal measuring comfort at being naked. This would show for example a nervous person, first time on the beach growing in confidence. The garden naturist might not be so comfortable being afraid of being seen by neighbours. If free-range naturism was added that could be interesting. Some, like me tend to walk alone and will cover up if I think an encounter is likely. Others will be more brave and will champion the cause by approaching officialdom. I'm not knocking Roni's approach, just expanding it a little. I'm sure many of us could spend a happy hour or so working out a graph. I guess the aim is to get to a point of maximum type of activity with a maximum of comfort and ending up in the top right of the graph. I'm not too far away from that point.

    As to the final question of who is weird? I think that depends on who you are. As a naturist I'd say 1. If I was a non-naturist (heaven forbid) I' put 10. 

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    41 minutes ago, dave and gillian said:

    Our journey started with naked for amateur dramatics

    Interesting, tell us more?

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    5-9 depending on the weather or circumstance for us. Fair weather situational kit off is how we roll.

    Can't be doing with clothes off/clothes on/clothes off scenarios. At home we seldom sit around naked yet when we are in a naturist situation and the weather is right we can go all day without bothering.

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    I started going naked outside at night at about 10 years old.  Eventually I found a nudist club but they weren't naturist enough for me, always hiding in "safe" spaces.  I've finally given up pretending to be afraid to be seen.  Now I post photos of myself on-line quite often.  Human beings are not "indecent" or "obscene" simply for existing.   I go outside and get seen by random people whenever I can do so without being arrested.  We can only return human beings into the realm of normal things to see by being seen while being normal. 

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    Hipperson

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    8 hours ago, Greenbare said:

    I started going naked outside at night at about 10 years old.  Eventually I found a nudist club but they weren't naturist enough for me, always hiding in "safe" spaces.  I've finally given up pretending to be afraid to be seen.  Now I post photos of myself on-line quite often.  Human beings are not "indecent" or "obscene" simply for existing.   I go outside and get seen by random people whenever I can do so without being arrested.  We can only return human beings into the realm of normal things to see by being seen while being normal. 

     

    That seems a bit extreme to me but I must admit that I too have ventured out at night, an act of bravado in my case. On a few occasions I have encountered the odd dog walker or late night party goer staggering home a bit worse for wear when they have appeared unexpectedly from around a corner. Ninety percent of them hardly react to see a man wearing nothing but a pair of trainers and a smile walk past and the others merely ask "You alright, pal?" to which I reply "Yes, fine thanks!" and just stroll on nonchalantly.

    However, I do not go out of my way to expose myself to all and sundry as, when traffic approaches I dive for cover behind whatever is handy including, once, a lamppost.. Thankfully I am very slim!  

    During the day I am naked about the house and, when the weather is clement, mow the rear lawn, tend the garden and sunbathe. Luckily I am only overlooked on one side and those neighbours either don't notice or don't care. I also put out and retrieve the refuse bins in the 'nuddie' as they are large enough to cover most eventualities. I do keep a dressing gown and G-string handy for when unexpected visitors call and my local postwoman has been suprised a few times when delivering parcels and I appear in my G-string! She must be getting used to it as she hasn't called the police.....YET!

    In answer to The Roni Fine scale I guess that I am already a 10 and proud of it!

     

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    Looking at the Roniscale I suppose I started around the 4/5 mark although soon found I was happy with the 7/8 level. Going around naked on my own in places I may be seen was an early experience as I was just into my teens. This was a case of let me out of these clothes. 

    Now I'm somewhere between 8 and 10 as I've not yet been to a naturist event (watch out Sleaford Swim I arrive on the 14th) but frequently walk naked and have stopped caring too much about who sees me. I do carry a pair of easy to slip on shorts in case they are needed. We all have to be considerate. 

    Its interesting that most naturists seem to grow into their skin and out of societies prudishness.  

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    Thank you all who found my article interesting and I'm pleased the topic was thought provoking.

    I do try to give both sides of the coin rather than dictate my personal feelings as the right ones!

    Please do not encourage me to expand on points as I have trouble reducing the amount of words written as it is!!  I could often supply a lot more of them and I have to go over the finished piece several times, reducing it as I go until satisfied it will fit into the magazine and not BECOME the magazine!!

    I often think we are a funny old lot but that is what happens when a group of people get together, whatever the common bond is, there are always some we agree with and some we don't!  That's life!

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    A really good article. I am at 5 or thereabouts often naked at home and in the garden. Moving beyond this is quite a big leap in every sense. Keen to try and hoping to make progress through joining BN!

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    Go for it Nick. The worst that can happen, thanks to the efforts of the BN legal team, is a formal warning from the police. Recently I had to retrieve something from my car, parked on my property, and was spotted by a neighbour. I had a visit from the local constabulary, 3 of them (2 female and an asian male), whilst I was sunbathing naked in my back garden who tried to read me the riot act until I pointed out that it was not illegal to be naked in public unless my actions were designed to cause offense or deliberate distress. They couldn't argue with that but insisted that I cover up  as 'children may look over the fence' to which I replied that if they were looking over my fence then they were breaching my rights to privacy and what they might see is an invasion of my civil rights to continue my lifestyle as I see fit. That effectively shut them up but they insisted that they take my personal details including those of my GP (?). Perhaps they thought that they could get me sectioned under the Mental Health Act, an act of desperation from people who can't understand the naturist lifestyle and who regard any nonconformist behaviour with suspicion. So go only as far as you see fit and get away to some BN events, the GBSD etc. and enjoy yourself in the company of like minded people, you won't regret it!

    3 hours ago, nonamesnick said:

    A really good article. I am at 5 or thereabouts often naked at home and in the garden. Moving beyond this is quite a big leap in every sense. Keen to try and hoping to make progress through joining BN!

     

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    Hipperson

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    I suppose that they were after any and all information that they could gather to build a case but, as you say, my GP would be bound by patient confidentiality and not tell them diddly squat! As I had not committed a criminal offense I guess I was lucky not to have to give a DNA sample too, they would have had to arrest me on a trumped up charge to do that and they would have a hard time getting it without a court order. Thanks to the BN legal team it's naturists 1, GMP 0!                           

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