This is the most common question that I get asked when I disclose that I am a naturist. “Isn’t it all just about sex?” is normally a follow up question at some point after the why. My response is based on what I understand naturism to be, and how I live my life.

To fully understand where I am coming from, you – the reader – needs to have a basic understanding of naturism, social naturism and other classifications for activities that you do while you are not wearing clothes. For a primer on naturism (and social naturism), the Naturist Society has a pretty good explanation. My only modifier to this definition (for social nudism) is that it is not limited to a “mixed social setting”, but rather a social setting in general.

How does this answer the question why? Well, it doesn’t. But I shall pose the question, “why not?” Here are some of the benefits that I’ve experienced since living a little more full-time as a nudist.

Since making more effort to live life more naked, I have found a greater acceptance of my body. While I have never really had body issues, I have felt awkward comparing my body to others and identifying the shortcomings. This is a natural thing that everyone does: men with women, men with men, women with women. What I found was the more time I spent naked, the less time I worried about being naked. When I added social nudity into the equation, I quickly discovered that we all have our insecurities about our bodies, but learned that there is really no basis for these concerns.

I have spent time at nudist resorts, private nude social parties, and hanging at home with a couple of friends, or the people that I live with. Sometimes I am the only naked one, however most of the time there are others. One of the interesting changes that I experienced was that the less I focused on me being naked, the less worried I was that I would “act” in an inappropriate way or my body would respond to the visual stimulation surrounding me. When you realize that you are naked, just like everyone else, there is a sense of normalcy which envelopes your body. I have witnessed people walking in to a nude social environment, and then watch as their body just relaxes as they make this realization.

Simply put: I like being naked. I am fortunate that I have friends who like to get naked with me, and I’m even more fortunate that my textiled room mates tolerate my naked body around the house.

Try it, you might like it.

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