Maybe the real issue here is if there is a sexual side to textilism with the immediate follow up of ...and why should nudists care?
Interesting points. Regarding the first, there certainly is a sexual side to textilism, in that clothes can be designed to exaggerate, and call attention to, body parts to increase the sexual impact. Think of push-up bras, skirts with slit legs, tight-fitting T shirts, elegantly tailored suits. Take all these away, and the sexuality drains away.
I found myself looking at a very attractive woman the other day. (Yes, I tried to be a gentleman about it, and not a jerk.) And I asked myself, would she be more attractive if she had her clothes off? Once I thought about it, I decided that she would be. Not because she was naked, but because she was so open with herself and happy with her body that she would share the sight of it with me. She would make me feel over-dressed. If she were openly flirting with me, my response would be sexual, but that would have nothing to do with whether she was clothed or not.
Why should nudists care? The only reason I can think of is because we are coming from a culture where it's important. And we have to acknowledge that people are taking the attitudes of that culture with them when they come to us, and that it's going to influence their behavior. It's our job to teach by example.
These facts affect the naturist world as much as the rest of society, and outdated bigotry of the type that offers membership only to male / female couples and single women wont be tolerated any longer! The young heterosexual couples of which the clubs might approve wont want to be members of a club where their single male/ LGBTQ+ friends arent equally welcome.The future for naturism is, I believe, bright, less dogmatic, and even better than the past which some of us cant seem to let die.
Gosh, I hope so. Not to put down the clubs and resorts and all that, but things will be better for them, and for us, if attitudes loosen up a little. But young people and non-affiliated people are going to keep on doing what they do, whether the clubs are there or not. I guess we need to prove to those clubs and groups that we're not sex-starved lunatics who want to go around waving their private parts in other people's faces. We're just guys who have a boner every once in a great while and don't want to make a big thing of it. (Pun totally intentional.)
There's not going to be a definitive yes or no. Just lots of personal views. Personally I would not like to see overt sexual behaviour in public. From the very little I Know of the naturist movement. its been fighting the stigma of pervert for ages. From some of the material posted on this site I'd have to say yes unfortunately.
From the very little I Know of the naturist movement. its been fighting the stigma of pervert for ages. From some of the material posted on this site I'd have to say yes unfortunately.
It's a problem, all right. When you come from a culture where nudity is confined to bathing and sex, anybody seeking to be nude in any other context must be a pervert, right? But we're trying to build a different culture now. which doesn't equate nudity with sexuality. But we have a long way to go. Some of the porn sites I've visited list "nudity" as a sexual fetish right up there with exhibitionism and voyeurism (not to mention other stuff that freaks me out). Until that attitude changes, it will be an uphill battle.
For me i can enjoy the freedom of being comfortable around others without clothing and love it. But i must say when have not been with anyone for a couple years and the fact i find the woman figure extremely beautiful unless i put the idea of attraction put off kind in aspectsof my life for months at a time it can get difficult to keep all arrousal at bay when i am nude and a female seems interested in me even slightly my body exaggerates it. But if erections are something many can overlook they do go away and the mind can gain more control over such things.
it can get difficult to keep all arrousal at bay when i am nude and a female seems interested in me even slightly my body exaggerates it.
That's classic Pavlovian conditioning, brought on by the media's equating nudity with sex. They show you nudity and link it with sex, and only with sex until you can't see one thing without thinking about the other. They've done it from the moment you became aware of the media. But, like any conditioning, it wears off when you see nudity in other contexts besides sex, just as conditioning fades when the stimulus/response link is broken.
No, for me it's a lifestyle or freedom. I go to the grocery store for food. If I get there and find a twenty dollar bill in the parking lot...woohoo! That's a cool bonus. However, I don't and never will go to the grocery store looking for twenty dollar bills! Likewise I love my favorite nude beach and friends there. I don't go for sex or ever will. But if it ever did happen, then woohoo! Another cool bonus. It would never be out in the open, especially in a family friendly area. I might also insist on taking back to the bedroom.
None at all, however a lot of prudish people die belive so.
Point is that one who never takes his clothes of with others or only for the sexual act will have this feeling.
ofcourse we are all human and hopefully not indiffirent, but be honnest, what is the most exiting and provocative a tiny swimsuit or a beach full of naked people!
The real perverts are those who condamn nudety.