Why are so many Nudists middle-aged men?
I am trying to wrap my brain around the fact that this site (and others) seem to be frequented predominantly by middle-aged men. If I were to guess, I would say that the ratio of single males to all others is probably about 10-1.
I understand some of the reasons (e.g. men more comfortable about self and nudity in later years, women's nudity still tied to sexuality, etc.) but that still doesn't seem to explain the imbalance.
Any (serious) thoughts or opinions on this phenomenon?
Much of the nudist populationare indeed Baby Boomers and Gen Xers. More Boomers though.The reason for this, and I could be wrong, is cultural. Boomers grew up in an era of "revolution" on many different levels. What was previously hidden or kept in the closet "came out" guns blazing. It was fertile grounds for nudism to develop and for more people to experience it.
- Many Boomers quit or postponednudism in order to raise us (Gen Xers) in a textile environment.Some reexplored nudism once we left to make our own lives (empty-nest Boomers make up for a huge percentage of the nudist population.)
- Gen Xers split indifferent directions. Some embraced the openness of the "liberation" of the previous generation; others rejected it entirely. Within my generationthere is a lot of divisiveness when it comes to nudism and what it means. Which is scary because once the Boomer generation has come to pass, my generation will likely do very little to present an united front and preserve it.
- But that's just one theory; and there are many others.
- As far as women go...there is a huge body acceptance crisis in this country (as well as others.) The media, fashion world, reality television, obesity epidemic, and the list goes on...are all contributing factors to women's lack of participation. The internet is not a true representation of female nudism though; the ratio is much more balanced in the nudist world. Why do women not participate as much in internet nudism? One word: harassment.
As a white male boomer, I think your observations are spot on. While I've been a nudist since the age of six or seven, there was a hiatus from nudity as career and family took center stage. I'm still very busy but with the kids grown and gone and career in a much different stage, I can now focus more energy on the things that have brought me joy from a young age.
Don't be surprised however if more Gen Xers rekindle their interest in the nudist lifestyle as they reach their retirement years.
I believe that all of the previous answers were pretty much on the money but I believe that men are more inclined to be active on the internet. Women don't generally seem to want to surf the internet as much as the men. Women nudists are probably found in the general population in the same percentages as men but women are more guarded about where and with whom they practice nudism. Women nudists are out there in the same numbers as men but they just don't make their presence known as much as the men.
Nudony pretty much nailed it, but I will add that right after the liberating 60's and 70's came the start of a long slide into social conservatism led by Reagan and the religious right. It was no longer considered appropriate to be a social rebel. 80's nudism was good, but starting in that decade, you saw the slow decline in participation at resorts and even the beaches. Another factor was those following the boomers not being raised as nudists, and then the "perv under every rock" panic that kept the following generations out of resorts and off beaches. That the porn peddlers have stolen the title of nudist and naturist to sell their junk keeps the uninitiated clothed as well. So what you have now, are the people who started as nudists in the 60's and 70's. As far as women of that age not being in here, it's the harassment factor, something women don't feel in the real nudist world offline.
I am trying to wrap my brain around the fact that this site (and others) seem to be frequented predominantly by middle-aged men. If I were to guess, I would say that the ratio of single males to all others is probably about 10-1.I understand some of the reasons (e.g. men more comfortable about self and nudity in later years, women's nudity still tied to sexuality, etc.) but that still doesn't seem to explain the imbalance. Any (serious) thoughts or opinions on this phenomenon?cause we come from the hippy era remember it hasn't been that long ago freedom of expression
Nudony would seem to have described us to a t.enjoy nude opportunities when younger and that was predominately nude beaches through until focus on family and work meant time to enjoy outdoor nudism was limited. As empty nesters we now have time to enjoy it again.and to get on one of my hobby horses. Seven day retail trading has destroyed opportunities for the pursuit of simple social activities such as a day at the beach whether it be nude or textile.
Until your in your 40s you are busy, busy, busy. Children, work, building a life for you and your families future. Then comes a time when you finally have some time and you think, fill that time with less. Less work, less family responsibility, oh, less clothing. You decide it's time to lift some of the restrictions society and you personally have placed on yourself. You have grown, learned, and experienced things and it's time to free yourself from what others expect from you. You have grown more comfortable with your own body and accept others for who they are. Might as well get rid of the clothing and bring freedom into your life. Yes, it can take awhile but with that time comes a lot ofconfidence and acceptability for others.
That or it takes that long for one spouse to convince the other. Fortunately for us, no convincing needed.
Ive only started the part time nudity thing about 5 years ago. Spouse isnt much into it and wanted to wait until kids were old enough to be comfortable with it if I were nude around the house. I dont do it very often but its nice when i can.