Nudism and Sexuality appears to be a hot issue these days. We at Nudist Portal get a ton of of e-mails and questions every single day about that very topic.
This week we got one such email, from a young man, who needed to understand how do we distinguish naturism and sexuality?
His e-mail read as follows:
Do not get me wrong; I’m not attacking nudists, I desire to be one. I suppose my question is: When does it become overly sexualized? I think that’s what gets textile people’s cloths in a group. Where’s http://x-nudism.com/community/nudist/cute-family-naturist.php ?”
As an alternative to give a straight answer to those questions, Jordan Blum decided to break them down a bit in a dialogue with Paul Rapoport, the former, longtime editor of Going Natural.
What would you think of the questions?
They’re fundamental and important. Although most naturists may know the main response to their own satisfaction, I’d like to begin with a little context, as the questioner asks. Let’s contemplate the sex issue from a cultural viewpoint, and the issues it poses for naturists.
Going Natural Magazine
What is the result?
You know, You can’t show that!
But nudity is everywhere in the media, we are told.
In basic mass media, only coy variants of nudity: a censored, fictitious nudity, with no showing this or that always running, and an overwhelming emphasis on young women of a certain sort. All that should really annoy naturists.
But does it benefit naturism any?
Maybe, but it comes from an alternate place, the exploitation of the obsession with sex. That is aimed at the chief decision makers: middle-aged, middle-class, heterosexual guys.
Naturism’s real nudity of a number of actual people doing anything but hanging around in passive poses would wreck the game by making the victimization considerably more difficult.
What is the simplest means to attack that?
We’re able to attempt http://nudist-young.com/contributions/street-nude.php ! To most folks, if there is an picture of sex, it must involve nudity. So, if there is an image of nudity, it must call for sex. Is that reasonable?
Naturists understand the answer to that.
I had put this to non-naturists, then: If there’s an image of a guy, it must be a person. Hence, if there’s an image of a individual, it must be a man.
That illogicality is the same as the one including nudity. Sadly, logic is an enemy of forces of mass victimization.
Why don’t we just say that nudism is not sexual and leave it at that?
Because it’s complicated, and on a simple level I don’t think it’s accurate. If it were, there would be no quotas on single men at private naturist locations, no homosexual naturists as different groups, etc.
How can naturists deal with all that in practice, rather than theory?
The simplest manner to separate nudity from sexuality would be to keep to the practice of nonsexualized nudity. The -ed is important, making nonsexualized mean not overtly sexual. In other words, naturist activities don’t have any additional sexual component beyond what bodies normally have when clothed.
But even that is a tough sale. To non-naturists, eating, swimming, or playing volleyball without clothing is either silly or sexually provocative. They’ve bought into the erroneous two way automatic association between nudity and sexual expression.
Don’t naturists have an even more difficult time understanding? They’re generally critical of behaviour that would be satisfactory in a non nude occasion.
Naturism and Sexuality – What Exactly Is Overly Sexual For Nudists?
To fight the impression that they are sexual deviants or dangers, they try to behave less sexual than everyone else.
Part of that’s a realistic defense, particularly for women in the existence of men: when clothes come off, more boundaries are on. Interpersonal boundaries are reinforced. But it may certainly be overdone.
How may it be overdone?
That seems odd now. Distinct naturists may have distinct views on them.
Some say that genital jewelry is a sexualized display, or that placing sunscreen on the usually banned body littles in the presence of others is too much. Some say that guys shouldn’t be permitted erections, or that girls should not sit with their legs apart.