My nudist tendencies faded in and out over the years to follow.

Although I can’t exactly remember my very first nude experience I do know I was around 10 or 11 when I started feeling the urge to be nude. Like many of the first time stories on this site I started out by sleeping nude. My parent’s room was across the hall and they had to pass my room to get down stairs. At some point I decided I did not care if they saw me sleeping nude. They never said anything if they did see me. My dad slept nude as long as I can remember so I doubt it was a big deal to anyone.

That was as far as they knew anything though. When I was young I liked the feeling of being without clothes but did not know exactly why or that there was this lifestyle called nudism. For many years I thought I was weird, and had no clue other people like this as much as I. I never let anyone know either. I did know about skinny dipping and once while camping with my “way older” brother and his family and friends a bunch of the adults went skinny dipping after dark. In a public State Park none the less. None of the kids went in though. He was a product of the 60’s. *smile*

My nudist tendencies faded in and out over the years to follow. I always slept nude and after getting my own vehicle there were times when I skinny dipped in lakes or streams when I was alone. However; there was never a time I remember an all out urge to be nude every day. That is kind of funny though, I can remember being nude in my room a lot and liking it very much.

It actually wasn’t until I was about 21 or 22 that being nude became a strong calling. I was married by that time and had a baby girl. Ohhh she was so cute. My wife however was not much into being nude. She wasn’t against me being nude she just didn’t seem to notice or care about it. I was still young and hadn’t come to full grips with my self esteem yet, so I was only nude while I was alone for the most part or after a shower or other obvious reasons. We did runaround the house nude sometimes late at night watching movies and such. I liked being nude but I still thought I was a little weird. I would drive home from work late at night and get naked for the drive once in a while. It was only about ten minutes but it felt good so I enjoyed it as much as I could. Later I got a job working construction and ended up buying a motor home to live in while I was working away from home, which was about 11 months out of the year. I was gone 5 or 6 days a week most of the time, but I would drive home on the weekends. This was when I really came to grips with my desire to be nude. Living alone in my motor home was great. I could be nude whenever I wanted and that was most of the time. I even started driving to and from work nude quite often. The drive was one to three hours depending on where the job site was. In the heat of summer I drove this way a lot more. It was my escape from tension, I loved it. Sometimes I would stop along deserted highways and walk around or climb a hill or something just to prolong my nude time. After a few years of working away from home all the time, and having other marital problems we ended up getting a divorce.

Now I found myself with my daughter every other weekend and a couple nights a week. I quit the traveling job and started working a local one. My relationship with my daughter was always good, but now it was awesome. I got to see her more and we could do fun stuff after work and I could go to all her school functions and everything was great. Now I found myself with much less nude time. This started to bum me out after a while. I love my daughter more than anything in the world and loved our time together but I felt I had to wear clothes. I had never seen any nudist web sites, or how whole families go nude together. I did have some kind of idea about nude beaches but there are none in my state and didn’t even know where one was. So all this family nudity and lifestyle stuff that most of the readers of this site have read, I had NO clue. So after a while I started to feel guilty about having fleeting thoughts of not wanting my daughter around quite so much. This really disturbed me; I love her so much and want her around all the time. I had to make a decision. Was it possible to have the best of both worlds, could I really be nude in front her? Remember, I had never seen anything about nudism on the net before. After much consideration I knew I could, and there was nothing wrong with it.

Here is how I did it. Just like the articles of others on this site and many other sites, I started by not getting dresses immediately after a shower, and running around in a towel more. She would make joking comments about, “put something on dad.” Then one day after a shower I was sitting at my desk with the towel under me but not around me. She walked in and instantly looked away. “Dad!” she said, I just said,”It’s OK and there is nothing wrong with being nude.” She walked out without looking at me. We are always together in my room and we talk allot and are very close. So in a few minutes she came back in and looked at me kind of funny, thought about it, you could just see the gears moving in her head, and I said, “I wasn’t putting clothes back on right now and that it is OK”. It took a couple of days like this before she got comfortable with me being nude. It was a fast acceptance though, after a few days she never really even noticed and things never changed between us and there has never been any issues come from it. In the beginning she was shy about looking at my nude body, after a while I would catch her looking at “that area” once in a while. It is only natural to look at such things and I feel it is actually healthy for a child to see their parent’s nude. (read other web sites) It sure took the curiosity out of boys for her. From much reading on the subject, curiosity is what leads to sex early in teenagers. (This is a whole other story)

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What in your opinion is the best method of educating the public about the nudist lifestyle?

What in your opinion is the best method of educating the public about the nudist lifestyle? Is it harmful to even call it a lifestyle? Some nudists feel they are not practicing an alternative lifestyle, and this mental association is harmful. How would you promote nudism, if you were to design an education program for the public? Click Reply to Topic to add your comments here.

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t is not an “alternative” lifestyle. and it has to be promoted simply and as fun

it is not an “alternative” lifestyle. and it has to be promoted simply and as fun. think the preachiness sometimes turns people off.and the fact that practice is less overt than in other parts of the world makes it harder to “sell” to mainstream america. it is also facing strong institutional opposition from religious groups and the clothing industry. and the equation in many quarters of nudity with sex and pornography makes it additionally frustrating. i think great strides have been made in the past 20 years. it may take another 20 to increase acceptance, which is why i try to convince the younger generation to use their unique perspectives to advance our way of doing things and to change perspectives. there are no easy answers. if there were, we would not be discussing this. and it is in small steps, sorry, dont see blinding light of mass tolerance any time soon.,

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Trying to appeal to a general audience, such as with a book or magazine article will probably be ignored by most of the mainstream.

Trying to appeal to a general audience, such as with a book or magazine article will probably be ignored by most of the mainstream. It will probably get the attention of thrill seekers. Past attempts I know of to to run bus trips using advertisements in general newspapers did not attract desired audiences. Therefore, any attempts to reach a positive public will have to be targeted to specific groups of readers. BTW, if statistics presented in other forums indicate that participation in nudist activities has been on the increase in the last ten years, can articles be placed in travel and vacation magazines? If non-nudist resorts can be featured, can nudist resorts also be featured? Can family oriented parks and resorts in the US be given the same attention as say St. Martin and the hedonistic places in Jamaica? Maybe people closer to the travel business than I am will have some answers. Also, perhaps by refering to Nudism as a form of recreation rather than a lifestyle will appeal to morally conservative friendly people. Continue reading Trying to appeal to a general audience, such as with a book or magazine article will probably be ignored by most of the mainstream.

I do not think naturism/nudism should be considered a lifestyle

I do not think naturism/nudism should be considered a lifestyle, that might convey some negative ideas. Word of mouth seems to be the best way to get the message out to people. People I have talked too about nudism always have questions, like “How could you do that?” “Weren’t you embarrassed?” “What do you do, just sit around naked?” Once people understand that naturism/nudism is not an orgy, and that we enjoy being free, socializing and enjoying ourselves, have a different view of nudism. A lot of the press we get is negative too, people have a hard time separating naturism/nudism from the hedonism group. We have to let people know that we are a family oriented group, and yes there are adult oriented nudist groups too. We have raised our kids nudists, and what will determine if they continue to be nudests is how they are accepted into the clubs. There seems to be a generation gap, you do not see too many young people in their early 20’s at the clubs. Continue reading I do not think naturism/nudism should be considered a lifestyle

people in their 20s are turned off by the generation gap

people in their 20s are turned off by the generation gap, the lack of activities, and primarily the cost. they want to go to relax and have fun and not get embroiled in camp politics. they also dont want to be treated like 5 year olds when they ask questions or make suggestions. and the “circle the wagons” mentality still exists to an extent, which restricts expanded membership/sustained interest Continue reading people in their 20s are turned off by the generation gap

we just choose to do some things nude that others would do clothed.

we just choose to do some things nude that others would do clothed..the negativeism is the media look at this. I think it is not an alternative lifestyle as kim said..just a different perspective. Just being positive and articulate can be one of the best ways to promote nudism/naturism positively. Just stay “in the face” of the detractors. The media and the religious right. (USA)..we are just as forthright as they are. If we convey a positive attitude etc we can get more into this. Yes putting in adverts in mainstream media can do a good job too. It will take time to get the sensationalism out of the minds of the media..If they can sell naturist magazine in a Borders Books for instance might be an option.. Continue reading we just choose to do some things nude that others would do clothed.

I think the internet has gone along way to educating the general public about naturism.

This is a question I’ve considered for quite sometime. Firstly, I think the internet has gone along way to educating the general public about naturism. I think a lot people expect that naturism on the internet is about sex and pornography, but soon after their initial searches I hope that they soon discover something different. I guess an example is the number of times that messages on this site are viewed compared to those that are replied to. I’m guessing this site gets a lot of lurkers and few contributors. Secondly, I’ve been running an MSN group for young people interested in naturism in Sydney, Australia. I’ve made two interesting observations from this group… There are very few people in their late teens and early 20’s applying to join, the average age is about 30 in spite of a 35 year old age limit. And, we have strict membership requirements, so applicants have to offer their age, location and interest in Sydney naturism before their membership is approved. Subsequently, I deny something like 4 in every 5 applications. So, I ask the question… Are young people _really_ interested in naturism? Does a market exist? If not, why bother targeting this and why not focus on the older population? Sponta. Continue reading I think the internet has gone along way to educating the general public about naturism.

Naturism can be promoted to young adults with families

Naturism can be promoted to young adults with families if the local clubs can be set up to provide superior activities for the children that give the adults a respite at a price point they can afford. This may not be as hard as it may seem given the setting of many club activities in nature. What is needed is nature programs the whole family can enjoy. Naturism can be promoted to young adults who are singles as a superior way to find good mates, although one could never be explicit about that. That could be done among several clubs linking young people together and linking into Colleges and Cities where the girls are that draw the boys. Here, nudist philosophy could make a big positive difference in their lives even if they did not practice nudism regularly thereafter.

The current offering from many naturist resorts is simply boring for younger people.

Stuffed Tiger, I think you’re right. The current offering from many naturist resorts is simply boring for younger people. Many of the resorts in Australia wouldn’t get young people to them, even if they weren’t designated “clothing optional”. The only exception that I know of is Cap d’Agde in France which offers a variety of activities for all ages. Its ashame other resorts don’t follow suit. Sponta