Teens & Nudity
Teen nudists are becoming more common as more Americans visit
Europe and become comfortable with the idea of being nude with
strangers and friends. Home nudism, hailed by some as a
"nudist" movement, is really just the result of a
casual attitude toward nudity. Many credit hot tubs and the
growing habit of taking a sauna break for the new attitude.
Others say the prevalence of nudity on the web has caused a softening of
resistance to general nudity. Let's face it, it's hard to get
through the morning emails without witnessing a barrage of nude bodies
often engaged in behaviors that would have horrified our
Bodies Are Innocent...
That's a shame. Naked bodies are inherently
innocent. It's what we do with them, or to them, or to another naked
body that's important; nudism isn't about doing anything but being
naked, whether at home, in the garden, on the beach, at the pool, in the
sauna, or on an Alpine meadow. Nudists, and teen nudists among them, are
simply enjoying "body freedom." Being a nudist, teen or
otherwise, is benign. Regrettably, searching for information on or
pictures of nudists invariably lands the unwary on some fairly horrific
The fact is, lots of families, teens and
individuals have decided that being nude is a form of passive recreation
that emboldens the spirit, refreshes the mind and helps us connect with
our bodies, nature and other people. Have you ever walked naked in the
woods? We bet you enjoyed the experience. Shouldn't every
The family that doesn't disconnect when it
comes to life's daily routines (bathing, changing, seeking relief from
the heat) finds itself more connected when it comes to sharing the joys
and perils of life. The family that shares its "nudity"
together feels "safe" together.
Many of us grew up in households where,
frankly, personal genitalia and bodily functions "didn't
exist." Some things were simply unmentionable. In a household where
nudity is accepted as natural, families act more "naturally"
with each other. A young teen girl seeing her father and mother naked
isn't going to be horrified when her own body begins changing and her
sexuality begins early development. Questions are asked and answered
frankly. What's there to hide?
Viewing activities on a nude beach in Europe
where nudist families congregate is like viewing activities on any
beach. Kids play in the surf, moms read paperbacks, dads gawk, teenagers
play their usual cat and mouse. The fact that on a nude beach everyone,
or most everyone, is naked, makes no difference in the play. Only the
costumes have changed. It's a concept hard for many to imagine.
Children that grow up in nudist environments
need the same sort of guidance and supervision as any others. Being
naked doesn't open them up to any more harm than being clothed. If
anyone acts inappropriately, make sure they know it (pesky uncles come
to mind). Otherwise, let them be naked—it's natural.
Teen Nudist Life Continued