Your first experience with social nudism was when you were born. Since then, chances are you have been wearing clothes for most of your life, especially in mixed company. Because you are reading this, we assume that you are interested in social nudism. Perhaps this is just something you have read about, or maybe you know someone who is a nudist, or you might even be a closet nudist who spends a lot of time naked in your home. In any event, you want to try social nudism but are hesitant to take that final step, either because you are nervous about taking your clothes off in front of strangers, or you don't really know what to expect.
Just about anyone who has taken the plunge into social nudism will tell you that the hardest part was the anticipation. Once the clothes come off, most people feel comfortable very quickly, and the nudity becomes second nature. Many people become nudists for life, being nude whenever possible, and wearing clothes only when practical or necessary.
The nudist or naturist philosophy embraces many tenets, among which chiefly is the belief that every body is good. In our clothed society today, we use our textiles to cover up what we perceive to be imperfections in our flesh. There is a great deal of pressure to achieve physical perfection, a goal that is simply unattainable. Once you are naked with other people, you quickly realize that these differences are not imperfections, they are simply qualities which make us all look unique. A nude person is someone who literally has nothing to hide, and once the trappings of society are shed, so are the inhibitions and false modestly which makes many people unhappy with their own physical appearances.
Nudists also believe that social interaction with the absence of clothing should also be free of sexual expression and activities. The Buckeye Naturists is a non-sexual, family-oriented nudist organization. Any behavior that makes other members uncomfortable will not be tolerated. Basically any behavior that is unacceptable in church, or at the office, or in most mixed-company social situations, is also unacceptable to nudists.
Nudists/Naturists also believe that being nude is being in harmony with nature, that in order to have self-respect one must have respect for others, and that being nude is healthy and natural. For more detailed information on naturism in general, this Wikipedia article covers the subject quite nicely.
If you are near central Ohio, a great way to start in social nudism is to come to a winter swim sponsored by The Buckeye Naturists. Everyone is welcome. When you visit a TBN swim for the first time, you'll be asked to fill out a short form and show a valid driver's license or other government-issued photo ID. After that you need only to state your name to be admitted. Please see other posts on this blog for specific and current swim information.
All TBN events are clothing-optional. Most people in attendance will be nude, but there is no requirement or pressure to be nude at our winter swims. It's a great way to "take the plunge".
Don't forget your "bare necessities" such as money for admission and incidentals, as well as a couple of towels, one for sitting on and another for drying off. Beyond that, all you need is a smile.
For more information, please don't hesitate to e-mail us at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org, or telephone us at (614) 337-2372 (be sure to mention TBN).
Here are a few recommended articles on first-time naturist experiences: