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.I agree completely! ;-)
To me, my slide into nudity is more of a mid life, rebellious thing. As my long term marriage ends and I will soon be single, it is a change thing for me. I would never have been allowed nude in the house except to and from the shower etc, even walking in underwear was a, Can't you put some clothes on.
So I will be able to do what I want, when I want.
I think if you were to reverse the question and ask why there are so few younger nudists you would have part of the answer. These include the fear of erections, the cost of getting to nudist venues which are often a distance away, and for women body confidence issues.
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?I don't know if what you say is true; perhaps women are just more introverted on the lifestyle or have to deal with men being annoying, more.
I have tried to be nude as much as possible for a number of years, but it has been mostly to home nudity and laying out by my private pool. After I retired and was no longer worried about my job I felt I was able to venture out to nude beaches. I still haven't been to a resort.
In my own perception, it is at this stage of life that you do not think of hang ups anymore. You want to exercise things that will give you more freedom. It is at this stage of life that "what if" will slowly melt down and eventually, disintegrate in men's attitude. It is at this stage that the things you wanted to explore but did not happened, comes true in whatever manner or ways.
I do love to be nude even in my early adulthood, but what if the neighbors sees me. What if my parents get mad at me when he sees me. What if my crush knew about my naked activity. Thus, I just resorted to go half naked only, doing and copying what my father did, wearing just panty in the house and in our yard.
But now, I am going 51, I have this daring feeling to go fully naked without worrying who sees me and without worrying what other people say after seeing me. All I am after is that I am free and I love the way it is NAKED.
Agree with just about everything I read here. At 66, I don't think that I am middle aged any longer, but do enjoy the freedom that being nude gives me even if it is pretty much restricted to in the house. Even in the textile world, I have a very limited social life.