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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
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
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.
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
- 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
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".
- An irrational fear or anxiety about being seen naked, or about
seeing others naked.
- A derogatory term for someone who is too afraid, nervous, or
scornful to be nude or partially nude socially or to tolerate others
- A nickname for a person who does not practice social nudity. A