Family nudist – the origins
According to INF – International Naturist Federation, family nudist is practice of staying nude outdoors or at home, in public places (except saunas or medical examinations) solely according to one’s principles.
The first active members of family nudist movement were young people who preferred staying connected with nature. Taking off their clothes was a kind of challenge for everything artificial and industrial in this world. Today family nudists are joined by reps of every stratum, gender and race. Family naturism (from Latin natura – nature) is one of fitness and sportive trends the main idea of which is intensifying the contact between man and nature for improvement of physical and spiritual health.
Many think that naturists are nudists – the fans of nude pastimes on a beach. But while nudists are mainly preoccupied with their bodies acquiring even suntan, people promoting family naturism associate themselves with an integral part of nature. They see nude beach appearance as unity of a man and nature (at the same time, not all of naturists admit of complete nudity on a beach). Naturist clubs have their own family nudist beaches, swimming pools, sportive grounds, etc. which are created without age and gender restrictions, and often full families have memberships in them. Family naturism has German roots (the initial name of movement is Freikorperkultur – free body culture) in the early XX century mainly among students and became widespread in other European countries, then in the USA, Canada, New Zealand and other countries with national federations for family naturism started in them. During the past years naturism family groups became widespread in the Crimea and Baltic Sea coast countries. Back in 1990 there was started Latvian nudist society – baule. Nudists strictly observe the rules of human relationships ethics. Do you know what Isadora Duncan, Bernard Shaw, Albert Camus and Maximilian Voloshin have in common? All of them liked to expose their beautiful and not so beautiful bodies on a beach. Beau monde used this opportunity to highlight their unconformity. Today family nudism is not only extremely popular, it is acquiring a mass character. And if you are also a follower of rest ‘au naturel’ and think of joining this ‘uncovered’ movement, you are welcome to take a tour around the ‘nudest’ places on earth…
To begin with, you should come clear with your preferences – are you a family nudist or a family naturist? If you are not sure about the difference, let me tell you that notwithstanding the seeming similarity of the two notions and according to enthusiastic weathered naturists there is a huge gap between them. Family nudists (from Latin nudus – nude) are rank citizens who like to sunbathe nude, while family naturism (from Latin natura – nature) have their own philosophy of getting closer to nature and try to wear clothes on as few occasions as they can even in their day-to-day life. They will never accept curious folks whose interests are limited by desire to ogle nude women – naturists (at least they claim so in their manifests) look upon human body as a normal and natural essence in which there is nothing indecent. That’s why they never think of sex when surrounded with nude bodies. And if you feel you are strong enough to preserve sobriety during a few hours’ stay in company of a dozen of nude men and women, join in!
It is easier to join family naturism enthusiasts on the beaches of your own city – one can find them almost everywhere.
Business and family nudism
While a few years ago family nudism was considered to be a pure matter of one’s own contentment and the way of self-expression, now it is time for family nudism to bring in some cash. According to American Association for Naturist Family Recreation the profit from miscellaneous forms of nudist travel and entertainment amounted to $200,000,000 in 1992, while in 2005 the naturist income sum reached $400,000,000.
Family nudism is an important income source with tough competition, according to a member of American Association for Naturist Family Recreation – an organization that consists of 50,000 members and owns 270 nudist recreation centers, tourist bases and family nudism guest houses on the territory of the USA, the Caribbean islands and Canada. Family nudism income rates multiplied enormously after the world reconsidered its attitude towards the movement and the rules for nudism and naturism resorts were revised and changed from membership to free admittance with eventual worldwide advertising. According to statistics, the average age of family nudism followers is 50 years, that’s why family nudism organization strongly rely on attracting younger people. For example, students receive major discounts for resort admission fees; thus, with student’s card one can visit recreation center for as little as $10, while everyone else has to pay $25. The leaders of family nudism association look upon the young as their target audience, hoping that young people whose parents already joined the movement will eventually increase the number of association members.
family nudist lifestyle for beginners
As practice shows, a lot of first-timers are eager to get inside family nudist circles and visit nudism recreations, not always understanding what nudism is. To avoid excessive anxiety we provide this concise family nudist theory course for noobs.
To begin with let’s agree upon the fact that some people like family nudist lifestyle, while others don’t. Correspondingly, it fits some people while it doesn’t fit others. So the first thing is to decide whether you need nudism in the first place. If you don’t feel a particular need in it, there is no point in digging deeper than that, it would be nothing but a waste of time. Even if you are simply curious about it. But then again, you can do it for a lack of something better to do. It depends on you. Those of you who are still uncertain whether they need family nudism in their life can answer a few simple question that will hopefully lift some doubts for you. The accuracy of your answers will predetermine the truthfulness of your results.
So how do you come to realize if you are a nudist? That’s easy – if you are sure that you could do much better without your swimming trunks on a beach and an even suntan is what you need, you are definitely a nudist. Logically, you go to a nude beach to get the exact sort of rest you need. For a true nudist it is a possibility to get away from the necessity to wear textile, and not an opportunity to see other family nudist followers. If it is not the case, sorry, you are what they cal a swimsuit wearer and a voyeur, and you cannot go to a nude beach. That’s for your own good. Go to a swimsuit wearer beach, it’ll be better for you. And those who are genuinely interested in family nudist recreations and who don’t have sexual problems are strongly recommended to try themselves in healthy nude beaching. If you like it, you are welcome to join nudism movement – if no, get back to swimsuit wearer beaches.
Those who happened to be a swimsuit wearer but not a nudist don’t need to feel disappointed. Being a swimsuit wearer is perfectly normal. As long as we all are raised among society norms that call us to wear clothes 24/7 family nudists have got no prayer. We were brought up to live up to society expectations. The majority of beaches are designed for the needs of swimsuit wearers, and there is nothing to be done about that. There is no threat of global nudity for the world. This means that being a swimsuit wearer is not a reason to feel handicapped, and there is nothing bad in it from the standpoint of our society. You will not be judged for that. This beginner’s course is recommended for those of you who are perfectly sure of their being nudists deep inside. Here we feel obliged to give the last warning for everyone to get the full picture and gain understanding of what they are about to put their names under – and whether they need it.
Family naturism: the origins and the present day
The first nude beach in England was opened in 1979 on August, 9. Initially, the first family naturism society was registered in 1893. The word nudism derives from the French word ‘nu’ which means ‘nude’. By the way, some nudists prefer to be called naturists. The founders of the movement were Germans Heinrich Pudor and Richard Ingavitter. They were the promoters of being closer to nature, healthy lifestyle, giving up bad habits like smoking vegetarianism, and fitness. They assumed family naturism to be a form of democracy. Indeed, with no clothing means no social stratification and prejudice. In post-revolutionary Russia nude people used to walk down the streets waving banners that went like Down with Timidity! In the 20s of XX century Russian delegations were the largest among international family nudist delegations during conferences, but in 1936 nudism was officially banned by USSR law. In 1953 UNESCO sprang out International family nudist federation which is now joined by more than 30 countries. Russia joined the Federation in 1995. Ever since then there are several independent nudity societies in Russia that have rather tense relationships between them. They still cannot come clear upon some essential matters like which of them is more naturalistic and nudistic. At the same time rank people who prefer sunbathing in swimsuits and swim trunks are scornfully referred to as ‘swimsuit wearers’. By the way, there are also the so called barefooters – those are the people whose attitude towards footwear is similar to that of nudists towards clothing items. They prefer stay barefooted as it is healthier, nicer and more fun, etc. Some of them are family naturism followers who state that one cannot be considered naked unless they are barefoot.
From the very beginning Europe had an overall favorable attitude towards family nudist movement, and authorities tried to assign separate coastline territories to nude swimmers. Things were more complicated in America, where nudists appeared only in the 20s of XX century and haven’t ceased to complain about discrimination until that day. According to the officials of International Naturism Federation, nudism forms a healthier attitude towards human body and conditions a deeper self-awareness of a society unit. Eliminating the last artificial barrier between man and nature, nudism not only creates the backgrounds for increased intersexual sincerity and openness, but weakens the ways of sexual segregation that infuses our society at the same time, thus forming human solidarity factors. Nudism is a great stimulus for working on one’s body, for the necessity to undress brings the necessity to be more physically cultured.
Russian law hasn’t got a single act prohibiting or limiting the freedom of staying nude outdoors. As a matter of fact, should some legal misunderstandings arouse, police and courts are guided by their set logics and their own common sense. The extreme measure that can be implied to a nude troublemaker trying to bathe in a city fountain is disorderly conduct charge.
It needs to be mentioned, however, that the rules in family naturism organizations are quite rigid. People act with expressed dignity and politeness. One is not allowed to drink alcohol. Family nudism is encouraged in many ways; married couples can only be registered with their spouses. By the way, one does not need to stay nude all the time on a nude beach. Common sense comes first, so during noon hours only daredevils won’t shield themselves from sun effects. And a bit of ‘nude’ humor in conclusion: keep in mind that nudists are not afraid of pick-pockets, and nudist costume fits everyone!