as a way to remove the shock value of the nude man.
As everybody knows, nudity is awful. It is simple.
hat http://shockintown.com/post/grandma-naked-on-beach.php equals sex. Which
is why my jaw dropped
Enjoyment . . .
when eight years ago, I
learned about a website
called LDS Skinny-Dipper
name was an oxymoron
on the level of “military intelligence.”
Based on the site, its constituency is “Faithful members
forever, naked and not ashamed,” it said. “Wholesome interest
in societal nudity under appropriate conditions,” it said.
I smirked. This was going to be amusing, reading the rationalizations of these people trying to justify this kind of
I read through the site. I read every word—and there
were a lot of words! They asserted that nonsexual societal nudity
is a positive, valuable thing. It’s educational because it lets
everyone to see what human bodies actually seem like—instead
than consuming the glorified, air-brushed images we see in the
media daily. It strips away the mystery of the person
body—particularly those components we keep concealed from each
other—and decreases lust because people become comfortable and knowledgeable with all the body parts. It combats body
It fosters openness and trust
because it lets you be completely who you are and still be
When I finished, to my shock and amazement, I exclaimed,
“They’re correct! There isn’t any doctrinal objection to wholesome,
nonsexual social nudity!”
Oh, there were all sorts of LDS ethnic objections, all sorts
D. MICHAEL MARTINDALE is the author of the critically acclaimed LDS novel Brother Brigham. He has
been a naturist activist for several years and is in the
Procedure of developing a website on family nudism at
FAMILYSKINNYDIPPERS.COM. Martindale lives in Salt
Lake City, Utah, and works as a Web developer.
of “folk doctrines” against it, lots of objections to sexualized nudity. But no bona-fide official doctrine against nonsexual nudity.
It is simply that most folks don’t understand there’s such a matter as
nonsexual nudity. Remember the equation, “nudity equals sex.”
HAT WAS ALL I needed: permission from individuals who
understood my LDS hang ups. I printed out the entire
LDS Skinny-Dipper Connection site and presented
what you think,” I said to her.
She didn’t read all of it (there were lots of words!), but she
read a sizeable portion of it, given the papers back to me and
said, “Well, I think it is rationalization, but if you desire to do it,
I did. I became a full-fledged, practicing Mormon naturist.
From other naturist hikers, I learned the best way to hike naked safely. I
visited locations like Diamond Branch hot springs in Spanish
Fork Canyon where a tradition of nude soaking has existed for
decades, and eventually I seen a few naturist resorts and
The very first time I attended the temple after I started practicing
naturism, I was apprehensive.
I used ton’t understand how I’d feel, understanding all the things I ‘d done
Nude. Because, actually, all I had was an “intellectual testimony”
of nudism Rationally, I was convinced.
raised in America and within the LDS Church, I had a lot of
Mental conditioning that was not so easily overcome. Would
Would an evil spirit follow me inside, alarming a
strike me down? These were the agitated ideas that
churned in my head as I entered.
But as I walked from the front desk where I showed my recommend to the changing room, a sense of calmness came over
me. It seemed to say, “Do Not worry about it. Everything is okay.”
For three years, that was the only religious indication I
had that my choice to adopt nudism was sufficient to
God. But from time to time, it’d strike me how out of step
my naturism was with traditional Mormonism, and uncertainties
would appear—am I actually deceived like most Mormons would
consider me? I remember one time in particular when my wife
dress code. She brought her swimsuit; I didn’t.
Before the party, we attended the wedding reception of a
We sat and ate mints and nuts and white
The whole time, I kept
what I’d be off doing right after the reception. After all, it was
not so long ago that I was laughing at the thought of http://nudists-video.net/pins/pins-young-nudist-boys-on-beach.php .
WHILE MANAGING ORDINARY day-to-day living, I
Fought and studied and meditated and prayed
over the doubts engendered by both halves of my