Misconceptions about Naturalism
A huge cross-section of people worldwide is usually negatively-opinionated against naturism to an extent of opposing it. These biased opinions may be influenced by religion, cultural background, education exposure & civilization, family background, society conventions such as taboos, as well as personal beliefs and practices.
The real truth is that nudism is a lifestyle which is practiced for recreational benefits, health reasons and the freedom which yields to confidence to the nudists as they realize their true selves.
Below are the most misconceived opinions :
a. Nudism lifestyle is practiced for sexual activities.
This is where most people go wrong. In reality, people of opposite gender have sex while naked, but this should not be misconstrued, or used to generalize nudists as sex-mongers. As a matter of fact, places/events of social nudism are strictly forbidden from any sexual activities with heavy penalties being imposed to offenders.
You need to note that nudism is also practiced in family set-ups whereby children may be raised to see it as optional to wear clothes and the whole family could be practicing nudism and completely discouraging any sexual activities.
Some biased people are misguided to believe that you must get sexually aroused when you stay around naked people of the opposite sex. This is usually not the case since nudists don’t focus their minds on the sexual or body parts of the others while interacting hence the idea of sex never crosses their minds and thus don’t get easily aroused.
To prove this, in normal circumstances if you see a naked person you may not be aroused, but for instance if a girl is scantily dressed or dressed in a revealing manner, such a circumstance may trigger imagination of her body which in turn leads to a sexual thoughts in men.
b. Nudism is a practice for immoral parents
This is where most people get it all wrong. Social nudism place like beaches or events are attended by modest people in the society who practice nudism because of its benefits. Also families which practice nudism whereby their children are included does not mean that they are impacting bad behavior to the children. In most cases there will be guidelines for the practice.
c. Nudism is practiced by models
The truth is that anybody can practice nudism. It doesn’t matter how your body looks whether skinny, athletic or have weight, it doesn’t matter if you have scars or how perfect your body is.
Normally it’s all about acceptance of body the way it is and having confidence about it.
d. Nudist never wear clothes
Again this is wrong; nudism is a lifestyle, which is enjoyed for its benefits as any other lifestyle could be enjoyed. But when it’s appropriate e.g. in formal meeting, in public, in cold weather etc. nudists wear cloth just like any other person.