What Others Say About Nudism
Why do some people become nudists?
1) By far the number-one motivation for joining was relaxation;
2) self acceptance;
3) social congeniality;
5) freedom from clothing;
9) freedom from sickness;
10) a desire for an all-over tan and enjoying the fresh air while sunbathing.
The three R's of nudism might be stated to be "Rest, Relaxation, and Recreation."
A clergyman, married, a nudist for several years, stated: "Nudism offers an indescribable relaxation, exhilaration, and sense of physical and mental well-being--free from false modesty, suggestiveness, prudery, and indelicacy. It offers an environment, as nothing else does, which is free from morbid physical curiosity, one in which children can grow and mature with a healthy attitude toward body difference and functions. It offers an opportunity for that organ with the greatest surface area, the skin, to function as it is biologically intended to function, to the general well-being and good health of the individual.
Dr. Howard Crosby Warren, chairman of the department of psychology at Princeton University, said: "The difference between [bathing in even minimal clothing and] bathing in the nude can only be compared to the difference between a partial and total solar eclipse. The phenomena in each case belong to two distinct categories." He was struck by the sudden and painless removal of the body taboo, the emotional and physical impact of naked bathing and swimming.
While in nudist groups there are the usual restrictions that control our actions--courteous actions, good manners, and high moral standards--that we have in society as a whole, I find that at a nudist camp I feel more natural, less restricted. The pressures of everyday life are gone.... There is nothing like getting back to nature. Our family consists of four daughters, and although we did go nude at times in our home, I feel they have a better attitude toward sex through their experiences at nudist camps, where they learn that there is nothing wrong with the human body, and that the over-all emphasis on sex in our society is foolish and emotional.
The Gospel of Thomas is a recently discovered Gospel that was in wide use among early Christian groups, but which never made it into the official canon of the Bible.
One verse reads: "His disciples asked, `When will you become revealed to us and when shall we see you?` Jesus answered, `When you disrobe without being ashamed and take up your garments and place them under your feet like little children and tread on them, then will you see the son of the Living One, and you will not be afraid."
The Pope, while still a Polish Cardinal wrote: "Nakedness itself is not immodest... Immodesty is present only when nakedness plays a negative role with regard to the value of the person, when its aim is to arouse concupiscence, as a result of which the person is put in the position of an object for enjoyment."
"A child who has never been allowed to see his parents and brothers and sisters naked sees nudity as something shocking."
- Dr. Helga Fleischhauer-Hardt, Show Me (New York: St. Martin`s Press, 1975).
"Being natural and matter-of-fact about nudity prevents your children from developing an attitude of shame or disgust about the human body. If parents are very secretive about their bodies and go to great lengths to prevent their children from ever seeing a buttock or breast, children will wonder what is so unusual, and even alarming, about human nudity."
- Dr. Lee Salk, Psychiatrist, (from an article in McCall`s Magazine, June 1976).
"We find that relaxing with clothes off at Elysium Fields is a great tension reliever, for ourselves and our kids too."
- actress Lynn Redgrave
"What spirit is so empty and blind, that it cannot recognize the fact that the foot is more noble than the shoe, and skin more beautiful that the garment with which it is clothed?"
After it was found in practice to be better to strip than to cover up all those parts, then what was ridiculous to the eyes faded away in the face of what argument showed to be best.
- Plato, Republic 452d
"Sweet, sane, still Nakedness in Nature! --ah if poor, sick, prurient humanity in cities might really know you once more! Is not nakedness then indecent? No, not inherently. It is your thought, your sophistication, your fear, your respectibility that is indecent. There come moods when these clothes of ours are not only too irksome to wear, but are themselves indecent.
Perhaps indeed he or she to whom the free exhilarating exctasy of nakedness in Nature has never been eligible (and how many thousands there are!) has not really known what purity is--nor what faith or art or health really is."
- Walt Whitman, "A Sun-Bath--Nakedness" in "Specimen Days"
Quoting from Genesis, "They were nude but they were not ashamed." Furthermore, because God created it, "The human body can remain nude and uncovered and preserve its splendor and its beauty."
- Pope John Paul II
"We are so narrow minded that we show war, murder, rape, etc. on TV, but we do not allow to show one of the most wonderfull creations (the human body) in its natural form."
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