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 guess this makes me a nudist though at the beach I find that is just feels more natural so there alone is a conflict in terminology. Either way I like being naked with others when I can be.
    • 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!
          • Naturism is sweet......................being nude in a natural setting...is getting as close to the earth as one can...
            • I am definitely a Nudist
              • i fit to the nudist profile
                • Naturist is me. Naked at home is not so fun.
                  • I call myself a nudist mostly because that is the term that the enlightened people who introduced me to social nudity, many years ago, used to describe themselves. I'm happy being called either a nudist or naturist and agree with the author that the terms do cross over quite a lot. Among friends that we socialise with the two words are used roughly equally when they describe their clothes-free activities. I like to do what the word nudism is described here as - being naked whenever and wherever I can be. I
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