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More Young Adults Try Social Nudity?
If you're reading this, the chances are you
are in one of two categories. Either you are someone who has already discovered
the benefits and pleasures of a more clothes-free way of living, but you have
noticed that not many young adults seem to have made the same discovery. Or else
you are a young adult who has little or no experience with clothes-freedom, and
you wonder why some people make such a big deal out of something that may not
seem all that appealing.
There are probably many
different reasons that young adults don't seem interested in trying social
nudity - just as there are many different reasons that anyone might have for a
reluctance to try it. Almost as many different reasons as there are people. But
they do tend to fall into certain typical categories. And some of these
categories seem to apply especially to young adults.
So we're going to try to
list as many of the typical reasons as possible. And for each reason, we'll try
to suggest why the reason need not by an insurmountable deterrent - and simple
steps that anyone can take to overcome the obstacle if he/she wishes to.
But first let's address
something which is probably is not a real issue. Namely, there isn't
anything inherent about being in the 18-30 age range that makes a person averse
to nudity. With younger teenagers (13 to 17) there may well be. These are
difficult times of adjusting to both major changes in one's body as well as
taking major steps towards independence from one's parents.
Young adults, however, should be well on their
way to putting such issues behind them. They are considered "adults" because
they have in fact achieved enough maturity to deal more rationally than
emotionally with the problems of adolescence. And this includes being able to
deal with nudity.
There are plenty of
examples which show that young people are quite able to deal with nudity and
enjoy it under appropriate circumstances. Just look at the popularity of mass
nude runs (sometimes known as "streaking") at colleges and universities - for
example the University of Michigan "Naked Mile". And an even bigger example is
the Burning Man Festival.
Of course, in both of
those cases, the percentage of people who actually take part in the nudity is
small. But the same is true for people of any age in the general population.
Social nudity in some form or another is still decidedly a minority interest.
However, there probably is little difference by age group as to the relative
size of the minority. For instance, about 500 to 1000 students participated in
the latest "Naked Mile" run (1998), and this is 1% to 2% of the total enrollment
at Michigan (about 186,424). These percentages are not very different from the
overall percentage of people who participate in social nudity at home and
certain public areas like clothing-optional beaches. (The percentage of people
who enjoy nudity under more private conditions is probably much higher.)
So with that out of the
way, let's look at some of the reasons that young adults in particular may
be discouraged from trying social nudity.
Young people prefer to associate with others near their own age, yet they
find few people of their age involved in clothes-free activities.
It is true that
most participants in organized nudist/naturist activities are over 30 -
for all of the reasons listed here. Unfortunately, this is a
self-reinforcing, self-perpetuating phenomenon, if young people stay
away from social nudity simply because they don't immediately find
others about their age. It may be necessary to find others one person at
a time, and form new social groups. Fortunately, there are many new
tools now available on the Internet to find other people in one's own
area with similar interests, things like message forums, mailing lists,
chat systems, and Web site "guest books". There are now a few Web sites
specifically set up to assist young people with an interest in social
nudity to make contact.
Young people just aren't interested in the sedate, "family-oriented"
lifestyle promoted at many nudist clubs and resorts.
Young people who
visit traditional nudist clubs and resorts often find them boring. This
is really just a corollary of the fact most of the membership at such
places is considerably older. Older people will naturally shape the
available activities into what is most appealing to themselves rather
than what younger people would like. The solution is for young people to
organize groups and activities according to their own tastes. Again,
it's necessary to use other avenues to locate young people interested in
social nudity. In point of fact, the membership of traditional nudist
clubs and resorts is only a small percentage - perhaps 1% to 2% - of the
population which is interested in social nudity. This latter group is
much larger, but people in it are much harder to find with a map or
directory. However, once you find others interested in social nudity,
you can get together for activities such as visiting clothing-optional
beaches, hot springs, and the like - or just parties at someone's home.
A little research will also show that there are various existing groups
which combine social nudity with active sports like volleyball, running,
canoeing, and hiking. You'll find a higher proportion of young folks in
groups like this.
Young people, especially those who don't have an ongoing relationship, feel
a higher degree of sexual tension that is stimulated by nudity.
There may be no
quick fix for this. You have to be very clear that organized social
nudity is not a form of sexual entertainment. Its purpose is something
altogether different from the release of sexual tension. To deal with
that, there isn't any good alternative to forming the kind of special
relationship with another person (or persons) that is right for each
individual. That should be the first goal: work on your own social life.
Then you will find that social nudity really is free from sexual
tension. But single people can definitely enjoy social nudity - as long
as they pursue other appropriate outlets for their sexual needs.
Obviously, it will help if one can find a partner who shares one's
interest in social nudity. But the truth is that it's much easier to
find an appropriate partner in the much wider world outside of organized
Teenagers going through puberty are usually uncomfortable with their bodies.
This discomfort often tends to persist into the young adult years.
A young adult is,
by definition, more mature than a teenager. The best advice one can give
to anyone over 18 who still has hang-ups about how his/her body looks
is: get over it! There really isn't anything awful or gross or
disgusting or "offensive" about how a naked body looks. We all have one.
It's absurd to be, unlike any other animal, unable to stand the sight of
a normal member of one's species. Everyone needs to learn "body
acceptance", because that is part of self-acceptance, which is a
tremendously important part of growing up. Becoming involved with social
nudity, in fact, almost always helps enormously with achieving body
acceptance. The first steps can be hard - but then it gets drastically
There is a strong pressure on young people to have "beautiful" or
"attractive" bodies, but going naked lets everyone see the imperfections in
To the extent that
physical attractiveness plays a role in mate selection, there is going
to be such a pressure. But does being naked actually reveal that much
more of one's body than happens with a typical swimsuit? No, except
(perhaps) for the genitals the essential details are pretty obvious.
Assuming that you do as much as is reasonably necessary (in your
opinion) to be in good physical shape, your body is just fine the way it
is naturally. And as a young person, your body is probably as
"attractive" as it ever will be, so appreciate it at its best!
Genetically speaking, almost no one actually has the shape of the
supermodels heavily promoted by the media and advertising. The sooner
you realize this and adopt realistic expectations about your own body's
appearance, and that of actual or potential mates, the happier you will
be. That's what body acceptance is all about.
Young people are more susceptible to peer pressure, and traditional
nudist/naturist activities are not socially "acceptable" in many circles.
This is another
holdover from the teenage years, when peer pressure is, generally, far
too important. If the concept of "cool" implies some peer-generated
standard of how you have to be, it's a bad idea. It's time to get
over this as well. Most people eventually realize it isn't necessary to
wear the same sort and styles of clothes as everyone else. Take it
further, and you realize it isn't necessary to wear clothes at all (in
an appropriate environment). Ask yourself: whose life is it, anyway? You
only get one chance at it, so do it the way you want, not the way
"everyone else" seems to think necessary - if you believe you have sound
reasons for the difference. Keep in mind Thoreau's remark: "If a man
does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a
different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however
measured or far away."
Students and young people in relatively low-paying jobs have little money to
spend on travel and club fees.
nudist clubs and resorts aren't necessarily the best places for young
people to enjoy social nudity anyway, what difference does it make? The
basic fact is that enjoying nudity is one of the least expensive forms
of fun there is - you actually save money that doesn't have to be spent
on unnecessary "status" clothing and laundry. You don't have to go any
farther than your own home or apartment to enjoy social nudity. Although
most people are not so fortunate as to live close to established
clothing-optional beaches, there are still many possibilities for nude
hiking and skinny-dipping in remote areas on public lands if you're in
shape to visit more out of the way places.
Young men who lack a willing female companion are discouraged from visiting
some nudist clubs and resorts alone.
This is true in
some cases. But remember what we've been saying all along - established
clubs and resorts represent just a small fraction of people interested
in social nudity. Explore all the other alternatives. Consider forming
your own club. You don't have to own land - most nudist/naturist clubs
are "non-landed". Often they're just groups of friends, not formally
incorporated as a club. Their activities include recreation on public
lands, get-togethers at members' homes, and (occasionally) even visiting
Young people lack experience in the practicalities of organizing social
clubs and events for themselves.
There's so much to
learn in life, we're all dead before we learn even a fraction of it. But
there's no reason to be afraid of learning new things that are useful to
us. Young people are usually busy learning the details of a profession,
how to manage finances, perhaps how to take care of small children. All
of these things are a lot more complex than organizing a social club.
Students with a heavy course load, and perhaps a part-time job, have little
time for planned social events. Young people getting started in a career are
expected to work long hours. There just isn't much time for a social life,
especially one that is not part of "the beaten path" in mainstream society.
It doesn't get any
easier until you're ready to retire or (at least) until your own
children leave home. No matter how busy you feel right now, the more
responsibilities you acquire over the years (on the job or around the
house) the less "free" time you're going to have. The truth is, if
you're under 30, the chances are that you have more time to enjoy now
than you will later. So enjoy it now, while you can. The whole secret of
managing time is in setting priorities. Some amount and type of
recreation should be a priority. The question is: will it be with
clothes, or without.
Colleges and universities are reluctant to allow campus naturist
organizations to receive official sponsorship out of concern for problems
with sexual harassment or nudity involving students under 18 years old.
This problem, of
course, arises only for young people still in an educational
institution, if they want to use any campus facilities for their
organizing and meetings. Keep in mind that sexual harassment and
"underage" nudity are legitimate concerns of school administrators,
especially in these politically correct and sexually paranoid times. But
the objections can be overcome in most "reasonable" schools. The
would-be organizer of a campus clothing-optional club or event needs to
take on the burden of educating himself/herself about the issues and
including appropriate safeguards in the plans. It shouldn't be a big
deal, as long as the problems are understood. Given this understanding,
it should be possible to convince the necessary people that social
nudity is not a hazardous activity and is as deserving of support
as any other activity. It's just necessary to be willing to stand up for
something you believe in, even though it is widely misunderstood to have
much less merit than it really does. If you can get by that problem, a
campus environment is actually a great one for clothing-optional
activities: It's easy to get the word out to people who may be
interested, plenty of meeting and recreational facilities are
potentially available, and usually the community is more open-minded and
free-thinking than is normally the case in society at large.
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