Here are the profiles of the newest applicants.
These days, the terms are used almost synonymously, but their true meanings are a bit different. The biggest distinction is when and where one enjoys being without clothes and how one views the act of being naked.
Strictly speaking, a nudist is one who shuns clothes any place or time, primarily because he or she enjoys being naked. A naturist, on the other hand, takes off his or her clothes to be closer to a natural state of being, getting naked in outdoors settings such as parks and campsites.
Some definitions take the distinction a step farther, saying that naturism is a physical representation of shedding the confines of society, whereas nudism is just about being naked.
One thing that holds true, no matter how you define yourself, is that many others don’t always understand the desire to be naked in public. A number of nudists and naturists feel the need to hide that part of their life from friends and family for fear of being ostracized. Those who aren’t part of the lifestyle often extrapolate the act of being naked with being involved in deviant sexual activities.
In fact, though, no matter which moniker you use to describe yourself, nudity has next to nothing to do with sexual activity. To prove that point, many nudists and naturists are families who enjoy the lifestyle together.
Whether getting back to nature, stripping the confines of everyday life, or just being comfortable in your own skin, going out in public without clothes is a pastime that is enjoyed by more and more people around the world each year.
Where did the AANR logo go?
Well it’s been an interesting ride, at first we were accepted into their “Trusted Website” program.
Our application was approved and we were provided the “Trusted Seal”. After just a few days of
a few of the “trustees of the board” complained and required us to remove it. I know that one of
our smaller competitors is friends with a lot of the people in AANR and in my opinion believe
this may have influenced this decision.
I was denied a reason for the dismissal and even a contact to discuss the matter with, until I
threatened to notify my user base about the dismissal. I was contacted today by Jim Smock, AANR Executive
Director, who told me the reason for the dismissal was because there were some pictures that he found
that could be construed as provacative. There is always a challenge to keep the site clean, and I believe
we do a pretty good job at moderating and removing these pictures, but without completely removing the
pictures it’s not possible to notice every misplaced hand. That said, I was happy to have at least been
acknowledged and given a reason for the dismissal.
The problem that haunts me after this, is not that our site does not conform to AANR’s definition of nudism.
It’s that sites that face the same issues as us are allowed. It seems rather fishy to me that my competitors
who have the same difficulty as us in moderating pictures are allowed into the “Trusted Website” program.
Our site has the most advanced moderation techniques, every single picture is seen by a moderator, and
users have the ability to flag anything that sneaks through, our competitors do not. When I asked how this was
possible, I was told it was not something that could be discussed. I’m not going to persue this any further.
We’ve already been denied a chance to advertise with AANR in January, now the trusted website fees, and
they’ve already lost these 2 members, I hope that the money that they’re turning down is for the right reason,
and not just a friendly favor to our competitor.
What are your thoughts on the matter?
There are some new features to the site that we are excited about:
“My Visits” is now back and available on profiles. Users can add to their profile the nudist venues they will be visiting in the future. This makes it easier to set up meet-ups at nudist spots.
Users can now manage their preferences in the updates feed. You can manage what shows up and what does not in the feed. Also, now when users upload videos it shows up in the feed, as do Group discussions and topics! (This was requested heavily)
Speaking of groups, they are now sorted by activity level. The more active groups are sorted at the top. This gives a quick snapshot of what people are participating in.
When users search for other users it now defaults to the advanced search to make it easier to find nudists in your area.
Finally, you can gift subscriptions to other users if you are feeling generous, or want to get that special someone active on the site.
Enjoy the new features!
Congratulations to Oregonguy and funsize for their win and
congratulations to our second place winner dazzzb.
Thanks to all the contestants!
View my profile : SuzyQInTheSun
When I met my husband he was a true nudist-running around the house with no clothes on and anywhere else that he could.
It kind of made me think why he was doing that as I was a business dressed lady at all times.
Then he explained to me he had found a chat room on AOL for nudists and would help me to realize that I need to relax a little and get some stress out of my busy scheduled life.
So we met a couple from the Nudist chat room that lived near by in a restaurant and talked for hours.
They showed us all kinds of information on places near by of what they had to offer and to see it wasn’t for “SWINGERS” it was actually for families and people of all sizes and shapes and colors as well as back grounds.
We met the couple another time at a get together at their apartment with others and found they were the most laid back-down to earth people I had ever met.
Then we started going to a place nears by called Empire Haven as day people since my husband worked
swing shift at a factory and I worked all the time.
We started camping in a tent a couple nights and the people at the camp was so awesome! Came over and talked to us on their walk by that if we needed a spatula or water or anything to come to their place as they were right behind us.
The people at Empire Haven in New York are the best friends now that we ever had-they are our family.
That was about 20 years ago.
Now we are full time members at Empire Haven and have been to several other resorts areond the USA as well as Nude Cruises with Bare Necessities-that is always a great time!
View my profile : mywritenow
A friend invited me to attend a nudist house party. I did not know the hosts so I was nervous about going. I arrived fashionably late and my friend arrived far, far later. After removing my clothing in the master bedroom, I made my way to the kitchen where most of the guests had congregated. As I introduced myself to folks, I noticed a very handsome, muscular, bald man on the far side of the room who was dressed and saying his goodbye’s to the hosts. Our eyes connected but by the time I made my way to the hosts, he had hurried on his way.
Fast forward 9 months later at another nudist house party by the same hosts. I arrived on time hoping I’d see and get to speak with the bald man. As luck would have it, he was seated in the hot tub with several other guests. Our eyes met again and he returned a wonderfully, warm smile, and silent hello. Eaves dropping on the conversation, I discovered that he and the other hot tubbers wanted to have a competition to see how many folks could sit in the jacuzzi and measure how much water would be displaced afterward. (Slightly inebriated nerds? Yes!) I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to chat with him again and realized I could miss out if a ton of folks jumped in. Thinking quickly, boldly, and quite brazenly, I sat down not next to him but right down on his lap. To this day I still can’t believe that I did that – and to a complete stranger, too! Needless to say I got his attention. I have no idea if the water displacement challenge even happened because we started chatting, getting to know one another, and noting and laughing at all that we had in common. I was not even aware of anyone else. It was as if everyone disappeared. Eventually we became inseparable. That’s how I met my red-haired boyfriend! (The “carpet” held that secret.)
View my Profile : ukduo2004
Back in 2000 I was a very unhappy lonely man.
I’d had a 10 yr relationship (with an anti-nudist) that had gone wrong, then a quick relationship with my best friend of 15 years gave me my twin daughters but a decision we were better as friends than lovers.
I looked after my daughters for a while when their mum was ill, and hated giving them back. My doctor diagnosed depression and told me to do things I enjoyed but hadn’t done for a while.
Well, my first thought was public nudism. Until my 10 yr relationship I’d been a regular swim member and attended camps with Young British Naturism. I could get to an unofficial beach reasonably easily, and the sunshine, freedom, and exercise of the walk to it helped me to lift the black cloud.
I decided that I wasn’t going to stop trying for love, I would try internet dating, but I was going to be honest from day one and say ‘I am a nudist’ straight off.
I had a couple of responses fairly quickly, both of whom mentioned naturism as something they’d try, but nothing happened from them. Then I had a message from Carol.
She was unhappily married, wasn’t a public nudist but was open to the idea having been to pagan camps where people showered together and went naked if they wished (and the weather was right.)
There was a lot going on in my life at that time, both my parents died within 6 weeks of each other, and chatting to her kept me on the right path. She had made the leap of telling her husband that it wasn’t working and they should split, not just because of me but because she could see that it was best.
We’d talked about naturism, I’d told her how great it felt, and at the start of 2001 I booked us a weekend at a naturist Finca (farmhouse) in Spain. We flew there, the owner picked us up, we stripped off in our room, and Carol stepped into public nudism like she’d been doing it all her life. We spent the weekend in the gardens, getting an all over tan, picking sun warmed oranges from the trees and not worrying when the juice went over us.
We returned to England, and a fortnight later I moved 200 miles to be nearer to her. Within 2 months we moved into the cottage we still live in with her two children (who were unfazed by our nudity but had very little wish to go public), and soon knew the route to Holkham beach like the back of our hand. We’ve had two camping holidays at clothes optional sites (her daughter went on the first but only went nude in the showers), and attended the local fortnightly swim religiously.
We’ve made friends on several nudist sites, and actually met our nearest friends on TrueNudists.
For various reasons we don’t do as much public nudity as we used to, unfortunatly, but around the house and in the garden is still naked time when the weather is fine.
This is Oregonguy and funsize not sure if we qualify but would like to share our story and try for contest.
We met each other May of 2010 while he was in Korea via computer writing letters to each other every day until he came home, we fell in love. Joey being a nudist for 6 years at meeting and Anne not ever being exposed to the lifestyle. Since meeting each other Joey has introduced me (Anne) to the lifestyle. In our 9 months together we have met other couples on TrueNudist,visited our first Nudist Resort the Shangri la together, became members of the AANR as a couple.
I (Anne) am so thankful to Joey for letting me take time & introducing me to the nudist lifestyle. We enjoy the freedom, the experience of meeting new people and just being comfortable being ourselves among others.
Joey is finishing his last 3 years in service back home in the US. So happy his first 17 were safe and I’m so proud of him. We look forward to sharing a lifetime of nudist experiences with each other,visit in resorts and making more true nudist friends.