|From a Mom
I am a Christian, a mother, and a
nudist. I have a 13 yr old son and an 11 yr old daughter who
are also Christians and nudists. I am divorced and still
raising them in the nudist lifestyle we enjoyed before the
divorce. My two know what different bodies look like, both
adult and children. I have talked to both of them about sex,
masturbation, etc., and acceptance of different points of view
concerning these topics. They both seem to have a far
healthier attitude towards sex, and their bodies than I did at
their age. I wish that my parents had been able to talk openly
about such things with me... I know this seems to be a typical
response from other nudist I have chatted with. Living without
shame about your body is so important to good mental health
and health in general that it cannot be overstated.
This has just been my 2cents
No Problems With Kids or
We have had dozens of kids visit with our children to swim
naked in our pool and to play naked in our back yard and go to
Wreck Beach without any problems. Why?
1. We have studied naturism and its benefits;
and, we can answer any question a parent might have in an
authoritative and logical manner. Over the
years, we've had dozens of boys and girls accompany us in
naturist activities. Not once have we had any problem
with misunderstanding or accusations. [Kids whose
parents would NOT let them go with our kids sometimes made
accusations; but, the children who did go naked were so
adamant that nothing untoward ever took place that nothing
ever came of them. It was totally obvious that the
non-naturist kids had no grounds on which to make their
2. For those who are
concerned on Biblical grounds, we can show Scripturally that
it is not in any way contrary to Scripture.
3. We are
totally open about our naturism. We do not keep "our
lifestyle" secret— which would breed mistrust.
4. We are
fastidious about not allowing anything sexual or erotic to
have any place in our practice of naturism.
5. We always
ensure parents know that they may drop in unannounced at
anytime, while their child is with us, to see what is going
6. Our confidence in the value of naturism for
children is strong enough that it gives children's parents
confidence that their kid(s) will benefit and not be
harmed. [We actually had one neighbor who had boys a
little older than our children ask us if their boys
could come over to skinny-dip so they could experience it
even though they were too old to really be friends with our
7. We always talk personally with the parents and
answer any questions they may have.
In a nutshell, BE KNOWLEDGEABLE, BE TOTALLY
OPEN, and BE CONFIDENT.
- Paul M. Bowman, BC - CAN
Paul's full name is used with his
approval, Paul has written excellent books on the subject of
nudity as it relates to children and the Bible. He is
currently working on a large book on nudism.
for his site on the need for social, psychological,
scientific studies regarding nudity.
Of course not every one will respond positively to
unashamed nudity, so here is a great example of someone
turning the tables in a negative encounter that shows an
unfortunate example of how many feel about nudity...
Several years ago my girlfriend and I where enjoying a
peaceful skinny-dip in a local swimming hole. The peace
was interrupted when a man and young boy came along on
horseback. The man was carrying a big club and told us
that if we didn't get dressed and get out of there he'd beat
us so hard we'd wish we where dead. My girlfriend, who
was always outspoken, said "So you think it's good to teach
your boy that violence is better than the human body?"
With that the guy turned beet-red and they rode off without
- Ric, OR
Shortly after my new wife joined me in the nudist lifestyle
we both agreed we should tell our families we were
nudists. We did this by sending them all postcards from
Cypress Cove in Florida where we were on vacation. The
postcards had very tasteful pictures of men and women swimming
and sunbathing in the nude and we simply wrote on the cards
that we were having a great time and that they should all try
a nudist vacation sometime.
When we returned home we discovered that our families were
quite nonchalant about the whole thing. Their view
seemed to be 'go right ahead and enjoy nudism but don't assume
we will be rushing to join you'. Apart from my son none
has expressed any interest in becoming nudist, but, we did
have an interesting experience when my wife's sister visited
us for two weeks last February at our winter home in
Florida. My wife and I are nearly always nude around the
house. In deference to Louise we both covered up in
pareos for the first few days of her visit but it was quite
obvious neither of us was wearing anything underneath.
Then on the 3rd or 4th day my wife, without thinking walked
out totally nude from the shower into the family room, as she
normally might, where Louise and I were having
breakfast. She immediately realized what she had done
and turned to go and put something on. We were surprised
when Louise said that if her sister preferred to be nude that
it wasn't a problem, so long as we didn't expect her to
undress. She added that if I wanted to be nude that
would be OK too. Of course I stood up and took my pareo
off immediately. Louise had been admiring my tan ever
since she arrived; and, she told me later she had been itching
to see if it really did extend all over my body.
Although Louise never went nude during her visit she did start
wearing a pareo and nothing else. She found this to be
very comfortable in the warm weather we were enjoying at the
time, and indicated she might dispense with it the next time
she visited us. - She said that while she was not bothered one
iota about my wife and I being nude in her company, she needed
more time to get used to the idea of being nude herself.
I am sure if we had not told her years ago that we were
nudists none of this would have happened. I think that
because she already knew that we were nudists she came half
expecting to find us walking around in the nude from time to
time, not closing the bathroom door when we were showering and
that sort of thing. I also think she realized we were
covering up just for her benefit, and didn't want us to do
anything out of the ordinary just for her.
The moral of the story? Go ahead and tell your family you
are nudists. They likely won't care one way or the
other, and have probably guessed the truth already.
- Brian D.
During my army tour I was given an all-expenses paid trip
to Sunny Southeast Asia (Vietnam). We were told of the
differences between our two cultures regarding nudity.
Being a clothes-shy American at the time, I wondered how I
I can remember my first night in-country, when I paid a
visit to the latrine. I had to walk past the showers
and, to my surprise, found a GI taking a shower right next to
a “mama-san” who was washing clothes in the runoff.
Needless to say I looked over my shoulder while I used the
urinal and hastily made an exit.
To show how easily we can adapt, however, I can remember
one location in the field, near Pleiku, where the shower
consisted of a large tank of water suspended on a framework,
with a spigot underneath. This contrivance was located
between the cook-tent and some storage containers. The
main camp road ran along next to it. It was also
situated on a knoll that gave a spectacular view of the valley
below. Need I mention there was no curtain, or enclosure
Since showers were an infrequent luxury, when I saw it was
available I grabbed my soap and towel, stripped, and enjoyed
washing off several days’ worth of grime and sweat. I
was so casual about this, I can remember waving to a number of
people passing by, even a couple of “mama-sans.” I also
enjoyed the scenic overlook as I soaped and rinsed.
At another locale, since the availability of shower water
was uncertain, I can remember times when a heavy rainfall was
an occasion to run out naked and shower in the runoff from the
tent. I think, by the time I returned from The ‘Nam, I
could have showered in Times Square at noon!
At a friend's house, while helping to clean out a storage
area to remodel, it was hot, so we were all working much more
comfortably nude. Another couple unexpectedly showed up,
and since my friends did not go for cover, neither did
I. After visiting on the deck for a while an invitation
to soak in the spa was made, and with a bit of hesitation they
said 'sure', stripped and we had a great soak. Then they
helped us clear out some more junk, still nude. There
was a meal, more visiting, and another soak in the spa.
Before they left they said they had never been in a spa or
worked nude before — neither alone nor around others — but
that really enjoyed it, and would go nude much more
often. After the other couple left, I told my friends
that if it had been just me, I would have gone for cover when
the other couple showed up. They laughed and said that
if I hadn't been there, that's just what they would have done
too! Since that day the other couple has visited,
soaked, and gone swimming, all nude, with my friends several
- David, OR
Since age 10
I've been a nudist since my dad married
a nudist when I was 10. I have a nudist stepbro and we
get along great. I have convinced some of my friends'
parents to come to a nudist resort and experience the wonderful time that we
have. Every time they came, they loved it and have
become nudists. We're a nudist family and my new nudist
friends come over and swim in our pool and spend the day nude
with my stepbro and me. I wish more kids could have
the opportunity and their
parents weren't so uptight. I've been so lucky to grow up in a
About thirty of us were wading nude on the south shore of
beautiful Lake Willoughby in Vermont a few years ago when we
heard the voices of a family approaching. In the silence
of the place, it was easy to understand the words of the
husband when he told his wife, "The trail book didn't mention
this sort of activity here!" The group passed, but then
returned five minutes later to undress and join the rest of us
for an afternoon in the sun. Although they live just 20
minutes from the Ledges in Southern Vermont, and go there
regularly now, they had no idea what the clothing-optional
lifestyle was all about until that afternoon they accidently
- Billy B., VT
At The Beach
Have you ever wondered why pornography is so popular?
Surely, one of the major reasons is: that we are sexual, as
well as thinking beings. We NEED to know (especially when
young) how other bodies look. Not only ours! A young boy
needs to know that other men's penises, women's breasts and
women's vulvas look alike, just as their hands, faces and feet
do. But mainstream society rejects and condemns this
need. So, as a result teens often get this vital
information from magazines that promote UNNATURAL perspectives
of human bodies and sex. I'm not ashamed to say that I did
this. On the contrary, I'm proud to say that I have explored
my mind to find the roots of unhealthy attitudes about human
body that I have held, and found the body taboo at the very
bottom of it. Today, I've found in naturism a healthy, normal
way to deal with it. There's a common unhealthy
curiosity in many men about whether any particular blonde
person has blond pubic hair. I've felt it, and there was no
need to have. It happened as a result of a prudish
upbringing. So, what's this got to do with anything? Read
on. I just visited Zipolite beach in Oaxaca, México, and
can proudly declare that I introduced 4 people to the Shame
Breakers cause! You can do it too! When in a public
semi-nudist place, you're bound to run into people who are not
nudists, but who would be open to the proposition. When
the only thing you're wearing is a smile, you have all the
advantages for making a strong point:
Well, while in Zipolite, I was swimming
(nude) when a couple of Canadian girls, Debbie and Heather,
showed up and swam with me. The water was neck-deep so they
assumed I had a swimsuit. When we got out it took ten seconds
for them to be gone! Next day, I saw them and we started
chatting. Pretty soon, the conversation turned to nudism. They
were acting cool about it, saying nothing was wrong with it.
So I suggested they try it, pointing out how this was the
perfect opportunity given that they had no other
acquaintances, and that there were plenty of other people nude
on the beach, etc. Then I left them to think about it.
Next day, they were playing dice and Debbie was topless.
I congratulated Debbie for giving it (literally) half a
chance. Heather said that taking only the top off was
silly, and that if she had taken anything off she would have
let go of the whole bikini. So I proposed she wager her
nudity on the dice! If I lost, I was to dance right
there — believe me, dancing on the beach feels silly, but try
dancing NAKED on the beach for a silly, but rather nice
feeling! — Luck was with me, and she had to peel! So she
starts taking her clothes off, trying not to show her body.
For a moment there, she starts looking really stupid, trying
to find cover where there obviously wasn't any! I could
almost hear the click in her mind as she suddenly realized
that she could be totally free from a life long prejudice in a
split second. And then it happened: she stopped crouching and
stopped "casually" putting her hands over the strategic points
and started having the time of her life while playing
dice. We kept on playing for "punishments", and pretty
soon everybody, including another guy who had joined us, was
naked and having fun. I collected many rewards from this:
First, myself and the world were no longer deprived of the
view of their beautiful young healthy bodies; second, the look
of joy on Heather's face with her new-found freedom thanking
me, "You WERE RIGHT! This is GREAT!" Thirdly, I got a piece of
information that I had been without my whole life and had
developed a sick attitude about. Afterward, Heather
confided to me, "You know something, Juan? I had never
realized this, but one of the reasons why I was afraid of my
own nudity was because I'm blonde all over my body!!!"
- You are an example of what they could become at that
very moment. They see that you are not a pervert and that
nothing bad is happening despite your being naked.
- They already ARE in a place where nobody would protest
their getting naked.
- They are on vacation, away from acquaintances, so nobody
The other two were a Mexican couple, Erika and Eduardo, who
were sitting on the beach, smoking, and I went to ask for a
cigarette, I confess: to being a rotten smoker. Erika could
not stop giggling, and Eduardo was polite but very puzzled. So
I just had to shoot,
"Never been in a clothes optional
area, have you? Or ever considered going naked, while here,
for that matter?"
Nope, and nope, were their answers.
"May I ask why you don't consider going naked?"
noticed Eduardo getting some sand out of his swimsuit just
before I arrived, and pointed out one of the minor advantages
of no swimsuits — no sand IN the swimsuit. Still
giggling, Erika said that she was a bit fat and that Eduardo —
Erika was majorly giggling — was a bit ashamed of the
size of his pecker. Eduardo became quite embarrassed.
I asked Erika: "Have you seen the others' guys' peckers
"Well, Erika, a piece of
news: guys around here do not cover their peckers because they
don't mind if you take a casual, polite look. Is
Eduardo’s smaller than mine?
She looked, ‘no’...
"Smaller than that other guy's?"
"Well, then Eduardo's idea is a fabrication. On the other
hand, if it were, the healthiest thing he could do is come to
terms with it and accept it, because the size of a man's
pecker is far from being the most important thing in his life.
As for you being 'fat', I can see that's also a fabrication.
You are not a Cosmopolitan model, but loosing no more than 8
pounds would get your body to PERFECT. Because perfect is not
what Cosmopolitan wants you to think — perfect is truly
your own body when it is healthy. So if you truly mind about
your shape, the moment for shame is when you overeat, not when
you are naked. But — and I had to be blunt, but she later
thanked me — most importantly, do you realize that what you
are arguing is ABSOLUTELY an ILLUSION?" She stared at me
"Yep, you have the illusion that the bikini you
are wearing does not permit everyone else to see EXACTLY what
shape you are in!!! Incredible as it seems, most of us
have the delusion that a measly swimsuit will cover a pot
belly, and so on." She looked a bit startled, but could
not help noticing that I had just told her the truth, the
whole truth, and nothing but the truth. After some five
minutes of silence while watching a terrific show of fishing
pelicans, she simply stood up, took her swimsuit off and went
for a dip. And hey! She looked great! Eduardo remained behind
a bit and could not help look at my penis.
said, "You're right! I guess my pecker is not that bad..."
I did not see them sunbathing or swimming in the sea
with swimsuits after that day!!!
- Juan, Mexico
First Time to Lifetime
My own experience with nudism started in England when I was
11 years old. I attended a grammar school which had it's
own swimming pool. After PE classes we went into the
pool in the nude. It was the wonderful feeling of the
water flowing over my naked body that convinced me even at
that early age that swimsuits were not for me. I've
avoided them ever since.
Shortly after I married for the first time I suggested to
my wife that we visit a nudist club. She was reluctant
but we often went to a well known beach where nudity was the
norm. Gay stripped off and enjoyed sunbathing in the nude but
would not venture out of the sand dunes onto the open
beach. I kept trying to persuade her to go to a club
where we could practice social nudity. Eventually and to
my great pleasure she agreed and we arranged to visit the
naturist club near to where we lived. When we arrived we
found the grounds to be deserted so Gay had no problem with
undressing and settling down by the pool.
After a couple of hours she had to leave for a dental
appointment. When she returned another car followed her
into the parking lot. A man got out, she got out, they
undressed together and came to join me. Gay was hooked, she
was a nudist, and from then on we often took our vacations at
nudist resorts in England and at Paradise Lakes after we moved
to Canada. We told her parents that we had become
nudists and really enjoyed it. They were most intrigued but
would not join us, although they did start sunbathing au
naturel in the privacy of their back yard. After Gay and
I immigrated to Canada we bought a house with a pool and
completely private backyard where we could be nude whenever we
wanted which was often! We soon found that several of
our new friends also enjoyed swimming and sunbathing in the
nude. We introduced other friends to social nudity
through the simple expedient of suggesting, "why don't we all
go skinny-dipping?” Few refused and most enjoyed
it. In this way nudity became the norm at Brian and
Ultimately our marriage broke down and we separated. It was
then that I met Georgia who is now my second wife. When we
were planning one of our vacations together I naturally
suggested that we go to a nudist resort. She also was
reluctant at first but we talked it over and she agreed on the
grounds that I wouldn't ask her to do something that wasn't
right and on condition that we would leave if she didn't like
it. So, in February 1987, off we went for two weeks at
Paradise Lakes. We arrived late in the evening after a long
day of travel. After we checked into our condo I said
"let's go to the hot tub." "What, with nothing on?”
Georgia replied. "Of course" I said. So off we
went. We arrived at the hot tub, took off our robes (it was a
cool evening), showered and joined a few other couples in the
water. After a few minutes she got out and sat on the side to
cool off. Her words to me were "there's nothing to this,
you don't even notice" that you and everyone else are
naked. She had become a nudist then and we had a great
vacation. She told me that being nude in a social situation
with other people did wonders for her self-esteem and
body-image and she wished she'd found naturism much earlier in
Since that time we've enjoyed the nudist lifestyle
together. We are frequently nude around the house and of
course we are always nude in our hot tub. We joined the
nudist club near Ottawa for a few years but left when it fell
into a state of disrepair. We always take our vacations at
clothing optional or preferably nudist resorts and have
visited Paradise many times, Cypress Cove, Como and Hidden
Valley as well as resorts in Mexico, Cuba, Spain, Yugoslavia
and Lanzarote. After I retired we spent our first winter
in Florida at Paradise. Now we have a winter home a few
miles away, but have recently become members at Como which we
find more to our liking than Paradise as we are not party
So I've been a lifelong nudist myself and have been lucky
to marry two ladies whose first experience of social nudity
was good and who enjoyed the lifestyle as much, if not more,
than I do once they had been introduced to it. Georgia insists
that when we go on vacation we go to a nudist resort or at
least somewhere that is clothing optional. As I found
out all those years ago — and she agrees — swimsuits are to be
avoided at all costs!
- Brian D.