Does nudity change as we age?
Do you believe nudity changes as we get older? Do our attitudes change? Do younger people perceive nudity as being different for older people? Are people in general more likely to tolerate nudity with regard to seniors? What are your thoughts on nudity and aging?
Nudity Over Fifty
Sadly, most people do view nudity differently as people age. This is exactly why we see mostly young nudity in television and movies.
Biologically, people are less able to reproduce and support their young so the changes that happen to people's bodies as they age is shown through nudity. This can cause someone intrinsically to shy away from "older" nudity
HOWEVER that's the view of nudity from a younger or societal perspective. We all know that society is not a fan of nudity in general.
I can say that as people get older, they learn that what society tries to instill in people is not the inherent truth of life so some of the things they shyed away from in their younger years, they learn to embrace. Nudity can be a big part of that and is one reason why nudism in general is an older activity.
This doesn't mean it can't change. I've been a nudist since high school when I first learned it was a thing. I know I'm not the only one to be brave enough to do it. I know many of us here may have been closet nudists when we were younger and transformed into social nudists as you got older. It's not too much of a stretch to urge more social nudists at a younger age, especially now that the internet is out for everyone.
How many of us have only started participating in social nudity because we found others on the internet? How much sooner in your life would you have started if you found it in your late teens early twenty's? I think we are right in this sweet spot of the generation of non-internet nudists introducing internet nudists to social nudism so I think we will see how much younger the crowd will become. This will make nudity less about how old your are and more about what it should be: just being open and comfortable with others.
Inside my own head, my sense is that my relationship to nudity hasn't changed much from my 20s into my 70s. It was in my 20s that I realized I was perfectly comfortable being naked and/or being among naked people, sexual or not depending on context, and that's the same now. Contexts, however, change a lot. When I was younger, we were all simply naked hippies. As I aged, I pretty much stuck with that same age group, as many folks moved away from what they saw as the liberties of youth, so I started seeking out venues - where was the nearest nude beach? Did this apartment have a place on the roof to get naked? It began to be the case that there were adults significantly younger than me in those scenes, to whom I was at best invisible. In my San Francisco apartment, my partner and I hosted many young people passing through, and always presented our household nudity as something very matter-of-fact - which worked fine as long as we presented ourselves as essentially asexual beings. (By which I don't mean suppressing any sexual desire for young folks - just a deference to the oh-yuk-people-my-parents'-age-having-sex sensibility.) At this point, I've settled into being a more or less elderly eccentric among the youngest folks - and the folks my age have sorted themselves out so that I still find my most congenial company among them.
Do you believe nudity changes as we get older? Do our attitudes change? Do younger people perceive nudity as being different for older people? Are people in general more likely to tolerate nudity with regard to seniors? What are your thoughts on nudity and aging?Nudity Over Fifty
I feel as we age we become more comfortable in our skin. As things, droop, hang, bag and wrinkle, we become less concerned with physical attributes.
Clearly yes. My parents-in-law went to a nudist campside for holidays and into the sauna. At about 50 they did this no more. I think because they are old. My parents went to a nudist resort whenever they could. After the death of my father she completely changed. Today she cannot understand that she was nude in public. She feel even disturbed when her neighbour sun bathe in a bikini in her garden,
And clearly no, because I don't change and will not change.
Your mother's journey makes me think of my father's. He didn't own a swimsuit until he was 30, and was comfortable at the bed-bath-locker room level of nudity when I was younger. But as he aged, he just stopped being naked. I think he felt it was too country, or not dignified enough, or maybe he culture he was living in became his own and he no longer recognized that younger man as himself. In very old age, when he had to accept being seen and handled naked by others, it was I who was shy. He once or twice asked for my help, but generally professional help was not far, and I generally avoided such duties - saying to myself that I was respecting his privacy. But really, I don't think he had privacy concerns - it was my issue not his.