A New Way to Feel About Your Body
A New Option
Do you compare yourself to the models on television? Are you ever a
10? Do you worry about summer fashions revealing too much? Do you
cringe when you step on the scale? If so, I have an interesting option
for you to consider. I invite you to enter the clothing-optional world
of nude recreation!
"Whoa, wait a minute, Patti," you say. "No way, not for me!"
Please, give me a few minutes. Having experienced the comfort, safety,
and body acceptance of nude recreation, I'd like to challenge a few of
the stereotypes you've heard. Our starve-yourself-thin, exercise-til-
you-drop, clothing-compulsive society can produce bulimia, anorexia,
and other psychological disorders a healthy nude environment can help
prevent. Now is the time for you to experience a healthy awareness of
1. The myth of the perfect bodies.
We think others have perfect bodies, but ours somehow aren't right.
We are much too conscious of how we look in the nude. We have learned
to be uncomfortable with ourselves. Women especially have been
brainwashed by the media to look upon their bodies with shame. Bodies
come in all shapes and sizes. Though not perfect by any arbitrary
standard, all bodies are naturally beautiful. Nudity allows us to
understand that beauty is only skin deep, to go beyond and find the
"real" person beneath all the "glitz" of costumes, cosmetics, and
2. The myth of moral decay.
You'll find a fairly representative cross-section of American society
relaxing at a nudist resort. Nudists are everyday people. We are
contractors, secretaries, nurses, accountants, teachers, government
workers, clergy, mothers, fathers, teens, infants, lawyers, doctors,
taxi drivers, your friends. We are your next door neighbors, members
of the PTA, YMCA, Scouting, Red Cross, your local fire department. We
go to your schools, churches, and town meetings. Most of us consider
ourselves mainstream Americans.
Nudists tend to be more open-minded and tolerant of others' opinions.
We are not superior. We are just a bit more self-assured and confident
about who we are.
Nudists generally have sexually well-adjusted children. Children
raised as nudists have a healthy attitude and lack of prurient interest
in the other sex. They are less likely to have sex as teenagers. For
them, puberty is less traumatic. They know from first-hand experience
that bodies change.
3. The myth of open sexual activity.
Nudity and sexuality are linked in many non-nudists' minds. Our
culture sure gives that message. The big-busted women and the young
women who get propositioned frequently think harassment will intensify
if they disrobe.
They are in for a surprise! The uninhibited but peaceful atmosphere
of a nudist resort is devoid of sexual innuendoes. Those seeking cheap
thrills are soon disappointed that nudist activities are practically
asexual. A nudist resort is somewhat like a church camp without the
wet bathing suits.
4. The myth of embarrassment.
Many women are embarrassed by the look of their bodies. They fear
being laughed at. They wish their bodies could be smoother, slimmer,
more athletic. They think of their surgical scars, their cellulite,
their stretch marks, their lack or abundance of pubic hair. Perhaps
they are self-conscious of their breasts. They wonder, "Am I the wrong
shape or size?" They fear involvement in some sort of contest. Going
out among others who are nude lessens that fear.
The myths are just that -- myths.
Today's modern nude recreation
opportunities offer you peace, harmony, and tranquillity. These
qualities are not found in our work-a-day lives. With no need for
fashion statements and no pressure to meet a pre-determined body mold,
women can express individuality. We are free to be ourselves, to relax
with our family and friends. Those who desire more strenuous
recreation will find facilities for a full range of healthy activities
such as swimming, hiking, volleyball, and other forms of exercise.
Nudist resorts are safe and secure. Anyone behaving in an offensive
manner is asked to leave. Most large resorts offer a full range of
activities and social events. It is common to find someone who shares
your particular interests.
Allow me to introduce you to two friends of mine,
Crystal and Sandy. Take a glimpse, through their eyes,
of what the future could hold for you.
Two Real-Life Examples:
Crystal's wardrobe spans the hues of the rainbow. Her fashion follows
her moods. One day, she imitates the butterfly with a gala splash of
colors and butterfly earrings. Another day, she'll be off to play with
children she is baby-sitting, complete with floppy sun bonnet and long
spiral earrings chosen especially to bring a sparkle to the young
faces. Her bouncy walk and perky smile belie the fragility of her
slender five-foot frame.
Self-composed with her clothes on, Crystal started out feeling
horrified at the thought of anyone seeing her naked. She had recently
lost over 75 pounds. She saw herself as a mass of ugly wrinkles and
rolls of flab.
Then Crystal grew to love a man who was a nudist at heart. His lively
sense of humor, lack of shame, and total comfort with his physical body
prompted Crystal to look at her own body with a less critical eye. He
portrayed for her the relaxed world of nudity! His height, and the
wrinkles due to age, illness, and weight loss gave him the look of a
garden scarecrow. Even so, he walked around his house in only a T-
Once she had experienced freedom and acceptance from her companion,
Crystal welcomed my invitation to come to my nudist club event with me.
When I asked her what interested her in the clothes-free lifestyle,
Crystal told me, "I'm not interested in social nudity. I'm drawn to
it. What draws me is the freedom. It's only when we get rid of our
cover-ups that we have even a chance to live in peace."
Now Crystal has made friends within the nudist community and looks
forward to each opportunity to join in our activities. Nude and
animated among friends, her colorful personality shines even more
brightly with her new-found freedom.
Strikingly beautiful with intense dark eyes, platinum blond hair, and
great curves, Sandy gestures expansively. She giggles. As she talks,
a whimsical smile plays merrily across her face.
Sandy quickly lets me know she doesn't have the perfect body. "Too
fat," she says, with a whisper of a sigh, breaking into a large grin,
"but it doesn't matter. That's what I like about nude recreation.
We're all equal. We all look alike. No one person is any better than
"I look for the sun to shine now that I'm a nudist," Sandy says. "In
fact, I can hardly wait for it. I plan my weekends around whether the
sun is shining or not."
Outdoors (soaking in the sun, playing shuffleboard, walking through
the forest), or indoors (sharing a hot tub, eating a communal meal,
conversing by the fireside), time spent in nude recreation is quality
You'll find everything you are looking for in nude recreation --
relaxation, camaraderie and socialization; a legal, safe and secure
environment; a family atmosphere where you can go alone, with friends,
with a partner, or with your children.
How Do I Start?
So, you've decided you may want to explore the accepting world of nude
recreation and want to know how to begin. How does a woman overcome
her self-consciousness to relax in a nudist environment? You just
decide to do it.
You might want to go braless at first. Wear baggy clothes or a vest
when you do. Become aware of the comfort or discomfort of having no
constriction across your chest. Weigh for yourself whether you'd like
to try this "new look" in public.
Try taking off your clothes at home on a day when you will be alone.
Then do what you would normally do with clothes on. You may want to
stay away from mirrors, so you don't spend time criticizing your body.
See if after an hour or two you don't feel more relaxed.
Or, go skinny dipping. Feel the water on your nude body. You'll
never want to wear a suit again! Or, sit nude in a hot tub with
several friends. Notice how quickly the time goes and how the worries
flee as well.
Call the American Association for Nude Recreation at 1-800-TRY-NUDE
for suggestions. Ask them for their brochure "From a Woman's
Perspective." Get a few addresses and phone numbers of resorts or
travel clubs in your area. Talk to the owners or resort managers.
Plan to meet some of the members clothed, at a restaurant or at a
resort. You'll find that in addition to all the other benefits of nude
recreation, it is also quite affordable!
Find the closest nudist resort. When you go, take along a large towel
and a large, loose-fitting shirt to cover up if you like. When you are
ready, undress at your leisure. Observe, relax, and ask questions.
And don't forget the sun screen. You're going to need it!
Whether you look like Crystal or more like Sandy, nudists are
accepting of all body shapes and sizes. Soon you'll be telling me:
"Patti, why did it take me so long?
How could I have wasted so many years?"