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 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
          • I believe I am both. I love being naked everywhere I could. However nature beaches, fields, and wooded areas are the best for me
            • Still not sure what, or who for that matter, I am.
              • Absolutely right about being involved in deviant sexual activity (very clear expression, I should take into my lexicon). Nudist sites full of erected penices and deviants- and it looks like nobody care. From my last 6 years experience n nudistss sites it is so rare to find people who are not deviants.. my be it is me who attracted perverts...Pity
                • I've noticed that people who want to truly expose themselves in public without fear of arrest seem to be in foreign countries. In the USA, we seem to be much more reserved and won't allow ourselves to be caught naked except at nudist venues. What can we do to change this?
                  • I am enjoying to be both
                    • Me im both love being nude all the time doing any thing working , pool side , or just kicking it!
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