It's apparent there are some misconceptions about nudism and what all it entails, especially when it comes to families. I was raised in a nudist household. My parents were almost always nude at home, as were my siblings. We had other families of nudists over to our home. Its hard for someone who hasn't experienced what that is like to understand, so here are some answers to questions that frequently come my way:
Frequently Asked Questions:
Were you always naked?
No. We wore clothes outside of the house except when at nude friendly locations- nude resorts, the family farm well off the beaten path, and the odd trip to nude beaches. Nudists are not nude 24/7. We still have to function in society, and that means donning clothes to go to school, to the store, etc. We also wore clothes when most of our friends came over, unless our friend's parents were nudists as well or it had been established that nudity was accepted. Of course that rule was bent by us from time to time.
Did you want to be naked everywhere?
No. There are areas where I am comfortable nude, and areas where I wouldn't dream of going nude. Nude beaches and nude resorts are safe places to be nude. I wouldn't want to be nude in places where its not accepted- that's just asking for trouble.
Was nudity required?
No. In fact, for a brief period while I was going through puberty, I resented nudism and wore clothes all the time at home. I quickly discovered I actually preferred to be nude though. My sister went through a similar phase, but is still a nudist to this day. My brother discovered he preferred clothes and is no longer a nudist, although he still is nude around our family from time to time.
How has it affected you?
It's impossible to know for sure, but I think it worked out for the best. I have a healthy body image and am very comfortable in my own skin. While I'm by far not a jock, I had no issues showering after gym class or swimming. I am still a nudist to this day, so I guess you could say that's one of the effects of being raised nudist.
Did you see your mom/sister nude?
Yes. We are nudists. I don't understand why people insist on asking this question. And no, it wasn't a big deal.
Will you raise your family the same way?
My wife and I have discussed this at length. We haven't started a family yet, but we probably will raise our family nudist. We're too far away from any nudist resorts for that to be a regular part of their upbringing, but at home we feel that there are more pros than cons.
Did your parents take photos?
Of course they did- and I'd venture a guess that most of the people reading this had a photo taken of them in the bathtub by their parents. What parent doesn't want to document their family as it grows up? If you looked through our photo albums I think you'd find them very innocent and endearing, and you'd notice how happy we were without clothing.
Did you go to a nude summer camp?
No I didn't. I was more into Boy Scouts. I went to a Boy Scout camp every summer, fully clothed, and earned the rank of Eagle Scout. The love of nature that came from Scouting stays with me to this day, and I still spend weeks hiking in the wilderness every year.
Did classmates in school know about it?
In elementary school I was pretty open about it, but by middle and high school I didn't volunteer that information. Some knew of course, but I didn't advertise it. I was teased about it a few times, but nothing too major. Ironically, I was teased about the clothes I wore more often.
Weren't you distracted by all the nude girls?
I actually found clothed girls more distracting, especially clothing that was meant to accentuate or draw attention to secondary sex characteristics. Bikinis are far more titillating than non-sexual nudity. Nudist girls were also easier to get along with for me. It seemed that they felt more free to be themselves.
Weren't you disgusted by all the nude boys?
Nope. Its just skin, why should I be disgusted by it? I can't understand why some men are so afraid of seeing another man nude.
Didn't you ever want privacy?
Yes, of course I did. And just like anyone else, I still spent time in private. I still had a door to close on my bedroom.
You turned out fine, but is that normal?
There have been many studies on the subject, and they all conclude either neutral or positive results from being raised nudist. A five year study concluded the following:
The viewing of the unclothed human body, far from being destructive to the psyche, seems to be either benign or to actually provide benefits.
Boys and girls are much more prepared for what will come during puberty, they have more realistic body-images later in life, and were more sex-positive. Non-nudist kids often identify their genitals as their least favorite body part, nudist children often couldn't think of part of their body they didn't like.