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  • Christian naturists are Christians from different denominations and faiths who practice naturism or nudism, and thus are part of the clothes-free movement. Many have studied the Bible extensively and find no conflict between its teachings and naturism. However, most have various disagreements with New Age philosophy which is common among other naturists and wish to be separated from it. They see being nude as a wholesome way of life and acceptable state of dress which was never condemned by God in the Bible.
  • Naturism, nudism and social nudity - Generally defined as the practice of going nude, especially in a mixed social setting. The terms naturism and nudism generally also mean that the activities are done in non-sexualized, family-friendly contexts. The usage and definition of these terms varies geographically and historically. Those who practice naturism are called naturists, those who practice nudism are called nudists.
  • Social nudity, Naturism or nudism is a cultural and political movement advocating and defending social nudity in private and in public. It may also be a lifestyle based on personal, family and/or social nudism
  • Naturist or nudist community (club, resort or facility) - Usually insists on complete nudity when practical (to ensure that no one feels inappropriately undressed, and other reasons). Nudist colony is no longer a favored term. The word "naturist" is not to be confused with the word "naturalist". (Likewise "naturism" and naturalism.)
  • Nudity: Nudity or nakedness is the state of wearing no clothing. It is sometimes used to refer to wearing significantly less clothing than expected by the conventions of a particular culture and situation, and in particular exposing the bare skin of intimate parts.
  • Clothes free/clothes-free and clothing free/clothing-free - used when preceding other words as a descriptive term is used sometimes by some arguing that it allows more inclusion of both the naturist and nudist philosophy without showing preference or bias to either labels or philosophy. It is also used by others who do not like labels.
  • Clothing optional and nude optional - can describe a policy or a venue that allows or encourages nudity but tolerates the wearing of clothes.
  • Nude beach or free beach - Not so much one without an admission cost, but one in which people can be entirely free of wearing their clothes.
  • Freehiking or free hiking - The practice of hiking in the wilderness while nude.
  • Free Body Culture (or Freikörperkultur [FKK] ) - The name for another variant of the general movement in Germany.
  • Cottontail - Someone whose buttocks are paler than his or her legs and back, caused by sun tanning while wearing a swimsuit, making that person, when nude, look somewhat like a bunny with a white tail.
  • A landed organization - One that owns the real estate for its facilities.
  • A Non-landed (or travel) clubs - One that meets at various locations, such as private residences, hot springs, landed resorts and rented facilities.
  • Shaved or smoothie individual - One who shaves off much of his/her body hair. (See acomoclitism).

derogatory (anti-nudity) terms

  • Clothing compulsive - Disallowing or discouraging nudity, thus requiring the wearing of clothes, especially swimsuits, e.g. on beaches, as opposed to toleration of nudity. Can also refer to how a person feels--that they feel compelled to wear clothing. One nick-name for those kinds of people is "textiles".
  • Gymnophobia - An irrational fear or anxiety about being seen naked, or about seeing others naked.
  • Prude - A derogatory term for someone who is too afraid, nervous, or scornful to be nude or partially nude socially or to tolerate others who are.
  • Textile - A nickname for a person who does not practice social nudity. A clothist.


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