Naturist news and information from around the world

Rick Sarre (Australia)
January 1, 2019

cobblers bay skinny dipThe warm days of summer are almost upon us. Nudity on some Australian beaches is inevitable. But exactly how much of our flesh can we bare, and when, and where?

It should surprise no-one that, when it comes to the law and naked bodies, context is everything. The man who strips off for the sauna at the gym without any repercussions could be subject to a fine of many thousands of dollars if, a few hours later, he were to streak across the MCG during the cricket. The woman who plays beach volleyball in her birthday suit at New South Wales’ oldest nudist stretch of sand, Lady Bay Beach, without legal consequences, could be fined an hour later should she not put on some form of covering when walking back to her car.

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Almost Wild Blog
December 19, 2018

Millennial here. Hi, hello. Nice to meet you.

As a millennial–a millennial who has visited a fair share of nudist recreation spots–let me start off by acknowledging how comically out-of-place a millennial is at a nudist club. Not out of place in an unwelcome way. In fact, you may not find a more welcome guest at a nudist club than a millennial–really, nudists are so kind and I’ve never felt unwelcome. When I say “out-of-place,” I mean it in the sense that there just are not many other millennials there. The same goes for online nudist social networks: Yes, there are some millennials there, but the group skews significantly older which, of course, is fine. It has never bothered me, as a millennial, that the majority of the other patrons are older, but it does concern me as a nudist who wants nudism to thrive.

As a millennial, I need to be completely honest: There is one nude recreation spot where millennials can be found en masse: the beach. Go to any nude beach and you will find us. We’re there. Is it free? Even better. And I don’t mean to say that I have never seen a millennial at a nudist club. I have seen myself, for one, and my partner.

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Naked and Happy Blog
February 21, 2017
The day you join a nudist resort, club or beach, you enter a new world of freedom and respect. However, there’s something you may not know yet: nudity is about to become your new normal. Let me explain what I mean by new normal.

Becoming a nudist

A lot of first-time nudists will eventually become lifetime nudists. Every nudist will talk about this wonderful feeling of freedom, as soon you understand nobody cares about how you look. Nudity becomes, therefore, an accepted state. Generally, this is when you start to stop thinking about being naked. You just are enjoying the moment, without clothes.
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The Naturists
Os Naturistas
December 19, 2018
Couple on BeachFrom its beginning naturism has portrayed the naked human body in photography.

In fact, it was the naturist magazines that set the legal precedent for the publication of naked images in the United States. Until 1958, it was illegal for the American Postal Service to proceed with sending naturist magazines. In the lawsuit against the Sunshine Book Company and Summerfield, the District Court of Columbia ruled that naturist magazines could be mailed. This decision also set the precedent for magazines such as Playboy, and similar ones, to be published.

The naked human body is the nucleus of our lifestyle, it is what defines our philosophy and our perspective. And when we discuss our way of life, how can we describe it? Of course I can argue for a long time with words and phrases in a boring way. However, nothing better describes who we are or what we believe than an image. Many remember that the very initiation into naturism began with the visualization of images of non-sexual nudity. The naturist photos act as ambassadors to the non-naturists, demonstrating what is recreational nudity.

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Bouke Vries
Springer Link
18 September 2018
Many liberal democracies have legal restrictions on nudism. This article argues that when public nudity does not pose a health threat (which it seldom does), such restrictions are unjust. To vindicate this claim, I start by showing that there are two weighty interests served by the freedom to be naked in public. First, it promotes individual well-being; not only can nudist activities have great recreational value, but recent studies have also found that exposure to non-idealised naked bodies has a positive impact on body image, and, ultimately, on life satisfaction.
Second, public nudity has expressive value; apart from being a constitutive element of various spiritual and religious worldviews, public nudity is frequently used to protest (perceived) social and political evils. As I go on to argue, the reasons for abolishing current anti-nudist laws that stem from these interests are not overridden, let alone cancelled, by the offence that public nudity might cause. Indeed, whereas my principal aim is to defend the freedom to be publicly naked when this poses no health threat, I will contend that states should recognize this liberty as a distinct legal right rather than try to subsume it under existing rights or secure it simply by excluding non-sexual, non-exhibitionist public nudity from existing laws against public indecency, sexual exhibition, and disorderly conduct.
While liberal democracies often pride themselves on their liberties, many have far-reaching restrictions on nudism. There are various offences under which nudism or public nudity (I will use these terms interchangeably) might be circumscribed within these societies. These include, but are not limited to indecent exposure, public indecency, sexual exhibition, disturbances to public order, and threats to public peace (Hörnle 2006). In France, for instance, the penal code proscribes “Publicly visible sexual exhibition in public zones”, an offence that is punishable by 1 year of imprisonment and a 15,000 euro fine.
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