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FAQ

Here's a list of some of the most frequently asked questions about the clothing optional lifestyle.

 

Why do people choose nude recreation?     

There are many reasons people enjoy Nudism.  Relaxation, stress relief, comfort, positive body image, and increasing self-esteem are just a few of the reasons people choose the nudist lifestyle.  Heck, it even saves a Lot on laundry and clothing purchases so we're even greener than the textile world (the common term for non nudists). And the feeling of having the sun & breeze on your entire body is indescribable.  

People are often worried about being nude around others the first time because society teaches us that we should be ashamed of our naked bodies.  But most find that it is extremely liberating and creates such an amazing feeling of freedom, relaxation and body acceptance that they never expected.  Being nude around other nudists without clothes turns out to be Much easier than they ever imagined because nudists are some of the most friendly and accepting people you'll ever meet.  Nudist don't judge you on how much money you make, the clothes you wear or how your body looks.  We know that our bodies don't define who we are, our actions and what's in our hearts do.

Nude recreation embraces the joy of living and experiencing nature in the most natural way possible. To relax and be nude is to let yourself be totally free. Although we enjoy clothing-free activities in appropriate settings, we also choose to wear clothes when practical. Nudists respect each other's individuality. Our own self-esteem is enhanced by our ability to accept ourselves as we really are. We find it easy to accept others regardless of physical size, shape, or body condition. Moreover, social class distinctions, often indicated by clothing, disappear.

What kind of people enjoy the nudist lifestyle? 

While the general public may sometimes assume that nudists are this little quirky segment of oddballs, nothing could be further from the truth.  Nudists come from all walks of life, just like in the clothed world.  We have people from all types of jobs, races, body types, etc.  Some are self employed, law enforcement, teachers, parents, preachers, etc. There are many families, couples and singles. We are just everyday people who have given up our body shame and enjoy the incredible freedom of being naked in a social setting.

 

Will I feel self-conscious?

Possibly, but most first-timers adjust to social nudity MUCH quicker than they ever imagined, usually in a matter of minutes and discover itís not nearly as big a deal as they thought it would be. Some feel more self-conscious before they undress since theyíre likely to be the only ones not nude.  There's many many stories of women who were sure they would never get undressed at a nudist function with their husband but then discovered they wanted to try it once they were there.  And they discover how freeing it is and become hooked.

Here's a brief story from a woman who goes by Cheri about her first time experience -

"I was vacationing at a resort in the Caribbean. The first two days were spent on the beach sitting in a soggy swimsuit and being chafed by sand. I signed up for a day boat trip and picnic at a beach on an island away from the resort. As we were leaving, I discovered that the excursion was to an island with a nude beach! I decided to go anyway, thinking no way was anybody getting me out of my suit. I stood firm, and in fact, was the last person to give in and shed my swimsuit - I was the last one to get dressed to return to the resort. Why hadn't someone told me about this sooner? I was hooked, and that was over 30 years ago. The phrase, "nude when possible, clothed when practical," definitely describes me. I do wear at least shoes when vacuuming the house though as I have a habit of running over my toes with the vacuum cleaner."

Here's a good quote from this same person about what it's like to be nude around others -

"You know how good it feels after a tough day and you take off your shoes?? That's how good the rest of you feels when you disrobe."

 

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What actually goes on at a nudist function?  I've read some comments that it's a cover up for a swinger party or a bunch of strange people getting together for something sexual or a bunch of drinking and partying?

Well, the same thing that goes on at most parties, conversation, laughing, cooking burgers and dogs and other normal party activities.  The main difference is that we are all nude.  This is NOT anything perverted, sexual, kinky, etc and has absolutely nothing to do with swinging.  It is very wholesome, family oriented event and some families will bring their children, just like any other party.  We invite you to try a nudist resort or group event.  Just mingle and visit with us for 15 minutes and you'll see we are just ordinary people doing things in the nude, and that is all.  And heavy drinking is usually much LESS of a concern at nudist venues than at other parties.  We tend to police ourselves to make it enjoyable for everyone so you can feel comfortable joining our group.

 

I'm new to this, do I have to be nude the first time I attend an event?

Not usually, depending on where you go.  Usually you may show up clothed and just enjoy visiting for awhile and to see what's it's like.  Most people quickly disrobe though when they realize how comfortable and friendly everyone at a nudist resort are.  But depending on the location, you can usually take your time about disrobing. 

 

Can I bring my children?

This depends on the group or resort you are visiting.  But there are Many family friendly groups and resorts out there.  Children are natural nudists and take to it quickly, but they are not required to be nude.  You can explain to them that it will be their choice, and most kids shuck the swimsuits or clothes real quick when given the chance.  But like other groups, nudists sometimes have events that are for adults only such as poker or game night, etc.  Sometimes adults need time away from the kids, so check with the planner of each event, resort, etc.

 

Is there any danger to children at nudist resorts?

Not, it is probably one of the safest group functions you can attend with your children, outside of family functions.  Nudists are very concerned about the safety of children at events like this and will not allow anyone to approach children in anyway that is at all inappropriate. 

 

Isn't exposing children to nudity harmful to them?

Children are natural nudists and quickly take to it like ducks take to water. Most clubs welcome children and encourage families to join. At these clubs, you'll find activities and facilities for your kids to enjoy - and they'll thank you for taking them along.

There has been extensive research to support the naturist's claim that nudism is not only safe for children, but beneficial as well. Numerous studies, such as the one conducted at the University of Northern Iowa, consistently demonstrate that children raised in a nudist setting tend to have significantly higher self-esteem than non-nudist children. They simply feel more comfortable about their bodies and their sexuality.

Another study was conducted by psychologists Robin Lewis and Louis Janda at Old Damien University. They reported that "increased exposure to nudity in the family fosters an atmosphere of acceptance of sexuality and one's body." They concluded that children who have seen their parents naked are more comfortable with physical contact and affection, have higher self-esteem, and show increased acceptance of and comfort with their bodies and their sexuality.

On the flip-side, research by Marie-Louise Booth at the California School of Professional Psychology found that "individuals with less childhood exposure to parental nudity experienced significantly higher levels of adult sexual anxiety than did the group with more childhood exposure to parental nudity." Separate research by Diane Lee Wilson at The Wright Institute reached the same conclusion.After conducting extensive research at the State University of New York at Albany in the late 1960s, Lou Lieberman concluded with the following remarks:

...young people who had casually seen both of their parents nude in the home were far more likely to feel comfortable with their bodies and to also feel more satisfied with the size and shape of their genitalia and breasts.

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Will my picture be taken or my privacy compromised?

Nudist groups such as ours understand that privacy is paramount to our members and their families. There is never any requirement to be publicly identified or consent to having oneís picture taken as a condition of membership.  Your picture will only be taken with the your permission.  And, no one is allowed to take photos at nudists functions without the permission of the person hosting the event so photos are rarely taken.

In increasing numbers, however, our members are telling neighbors and friends about their favorite way to relax. They find itís an idea thatís just too great to keep for themselves!  And most people really don't care if you are a nudist or not.  Sure, it may raise a few eyebrows, but most will think you are brave for doing something they may wish they could do also.

 Are single men welcome?

Yes, but some groups may have to limit the amount of singles at some events so that there is a good ratio of men to women.  Men seem to be more comfortable being nude as a single than women, so we encourage more couples to keep a decent ratio of men to women so that the women still feel comfortable and not out numbered.

 

What if I don't have a great body, or am out of shape, overweight, etc?

If you feel this way, then it's all the more reason to try nudism.  Nudist come in all shapes and sizes, just like the general public.  Most are overweight, some by a lot, some are to thin, but nudists don't judge each other by their body type.  We judge each other on our personalities and how you act, not on how you look.  I mean hey, if we want to be accepted with all our body faults, we have to learn to accept others.  Learning to accept your own body, just the way it is, is much easier when you are a nudist.  Body acceptance is a wonderful thing and can do great things for your self esteem, we promise.
 

What if Iím ready but my spouse (partner, or friend) isnít?

This is common. Typically, women are more wary than men of clothing-optional venues. But everyone, male and female, has "body issues." For some, the idea of being seen nudeóand seeing others nudeóis filled with psychological tension. A spouse, friend or partner can help reduce the tension, but only if caution and sensitivity are exercised. Remember, every naturist had a "first time." Many who were most reluctant initially are now avid naturists. And remember, too, that there is a line between encouragement and coercion. Donít cross it if you want to introduce someone to naturism.

 

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How can I make my spouse / significant other more comfortable about trying it?

It helps to understand that we are a family oriented group of ordinary people. Few people of either sex at are ďperfect 10sĒ or look like size-2 actresses. You may find the pages on the AANR (American Association for Nude Receration) website about AANR Family Values and nudism From A Womenís Perspective useful resources.

 

Is nude recreation an accepted mainstream activity?

The answer to this question is a resounding YES!

As reported in USA TODAY, The Yankelovich National Travel Monitor is one of the most respected polls in the travel industry. The 2006 edition of that poll found that 15% of adult Americans would consider a resort that offers a nude recreation experience or a clothing-optional beach experience either extremely or a very desirable part of a vacation.

In the January 17, 2003 edition of The Wall St. Journal, a front page story in the Marketplace section noted that nude recreation in North America has grown to a $400 million industry. The article explained that clothes-free offerings run the gamut from upscale venues with plush townhouses and room service to rustic rural retreats, to cruises on some of the worldís most popular cruise lines.

The Roper Organization has reported that some 54 million Americans have skinny-dipped in mixed company. For people who want to recapture the freedom and innocence of that experience, AANR clubs offer relaxing, down to earth, casual environments. Members may also participate in AANR World Adventures nudist vacations and cruises.

What about nudism and religion?

Nudists find nothing inconsistent between nude recreation and their convictions. Youíll find all faiths---and people of no faith---represented at nudist resorts. Some clubs hold non-denominational services on Sundays. Most nudists of faith find that enjoying the great outdoors in their natural state draws them closer to their Creator.

 

Do males get visibly excited?

This is actually very rare. Nudist clubs are far less sexually charged than places where bikinis, thongs, or other provocative clothing, are worn. And most new nudists are very nervous their first time which has the effect of shrinking things so it's seldom a problem.  On the rare occasion where this occurs, simply don a towel, turn over, or take a quick dip in the pool or just ignore it.  Most nudists understand that erections are a natural thing and sometimes just happen without sexual stimulation and are not offended by it.  The key is to act as if nothing out of the ordinary is happening nor to do anything to draw attention to yourself.  If you are near children you should definitely cover up immediately.  But again, erections RARELY happen at nudist events.  If you are prone to having unwanted erections often you will need to cover up or otherwise make it less noticeable each time it happens to avoid having others feel you are getting a sexual thrill out of being nude.

You should not consider visiting a nudist group if you can not control your thoughts about sex.  Nudists have normal sex lives but we can distinguish between being nude and being sexual.

But if you in any way act in a sexual manner while you have an erection you will be asked to leave immediately and will not be allowed to return.

How Can I Learn More about Nudism?

Watch the video below to hear interviews of others who explain what nudism is to them.

 

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