Are You a Naturist or a Nudist?

Are You a Naturist or a Nudist?

So you don't have a problem with walking around in your birthday suit, whether you’re alone or with others. Does that make you a nudist or a naturist?

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.

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  • I am a nudist because I love being nude preferably outside getting a healthy sun tan and getting lots of fresh air. being nude is a big liberating experience which is hard to explain in words. And of course mixing socially with other nudists is great as well.
    • I think a little bit of both. When home I will be naked all the time, unless I will have visitors over, as I did for the last 30 years. My (closest) friends have nothing with being nude. My friends who do like to be nude live too far away so I'll have to do many things alone. Love to visit the nude-beach or go on an nude hike. Love sex but naturism or nudism is NOT about sex. Hate intimate piercings. Would love to go on an naked holiday but unfortunately can't afford it.
      • I'm more of a naturist. I tend to only be nude at home. My goal is to someday become a nudist.
        • Personally I'm both a Nudist and a Naturist. At home I'm as naked as I can be ad much as I can be. For the Naturism side, the nude beach in the summer is my happy place. I need to connect with other nudies to find out where some secluded trails etc are because I would love to hike naked as well.
          • We are homo sapiens, one of the hominids, which is a family of primates, mammals, animalia, we are animals. As soon as you manage to get somebody to be fully nude, they will most likely not be able to resist the natural feeling. Be the animal you are and take off these bizarre costumes, it is meant to be.
            • I enjoy being nude, most of all in Nature, where it is most exhilarating. If I were to pick one based on the above description, would be Naturist.
              • I believe that if you look back into the history of the naturism movement, you'll find that it is much more than just being naked in nature. It actually relates to living in harmony with nature, eating healthy natural foods, staying fit, as well as a movement recognizing that social nudity is healthy and natural.
                • I guess that puts me in the naturist column. Outdoors naked and free. Woods, beach fields. Alone is where I feel totally at one with nature.
                  • It's not necessarily being naked in public, it being naked and comfortable wherever you are.
                    • As my parents were members of nudist clubs I grew up with a healthy attitude about my body & didn't have a problem staying nude every weekend and especially at home,. So whether I'm a naturist or a nudist I'm not sure but I sure do like mountain bike riding, swimming & playing sports as nature intended which helps towards having a nice even all over tan
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