Why Aren’t There More Women In Nudism / Naturism Today?


Why Does Naturism Have a Lady Problem

Sometimes the divide is quite extreme, and sometimes it’s more reasonable. But regardless of the situation, as a whole, the uneven ratio is still noticeable. The question is: why?

For those who may not have experienced social nudism, I know what many of you must be thinking: “It’s all heterosexual men who just want to see hot naked women!” But, from my many experiences, this is generally NOT the case.

Of course there ARE some men who seek it out for that reason. Most of them can be spotted with relative ease at public nude beaches, but they do make up such a minute and inconsequential fraction of the general nudie population

Source: Young Naturists America

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3 Comments
  1. hontouniheart 3 years ago

    Here’s the response I wrote on the original piece:
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    I am so grateful for this post, Felicity. Thank you, thank you. I’m going to share it everywhere.

    You hit on a number of important points. Before sharing a couple of thoughts on the questions you asked at the end, I will highlight your point about the blame being placed on women. Here is how bad this perspective has gotten in a broader sense: The Zika virus. As officials in various countries seek ways to address the issue, their instructions are that “women should avoid getting pregnant.” There is absolutely no mention of men’s responsibility in the issue. That’s dire the situation is.

    In terms of what we can do…

    Women

    As a fellow female naturist (and stepping into leadership), I have been finding that one-on-one conversations with women in my city have a huge impact. When I tell them about my experiences last year in social situations and how there are “bouncers” at the resorts, I even recently had one woman say, “OMG then I really want to try it! Could we (her and I) go sometime??” They are drawn in by two things: 1) my description of all my nonsexual clothes free adventures, both at home and in social settings, and 2) the presence of “bouncers” at resorts, beaches. I am also finding one on one conversations via online tools to be helpful as well.

    Given the effectiveness of conversation, I’m actually planning to host some live online time where I’m just here for questions or exchange of thoughts for women. Like if any women have questions or just want an ear, I’m going to do that, because we also have to let each other know that we are here and that we are available as a resource.

    I also think that we women can help with this notion of nonsexual “just for you” clothes freedom. In the online space, I see some women who continue to mix it all together. And I’m not saying it’s wrong, but I personally don’t think that it’s helping to create the notion that other women don’t have to do that, that it’s possible for women to be nonsexual and completely enjoy their nakedness in every other way. I’m speaking from personal experience here. The women who kept looping sexiness back into the conversation did not help me see that my nudity could just be for me. It only made me think that my nudity was for an audience. If they’re not identifying with naturism, I get it. They’re just off doing their thing. But, if they are actually identifying with naturism, then helping to keep the conversation about other things is really important, rather than straying back into that sex realm. Honestly, I’ve read some shares from women who self identify as “sex positive” saying that for them it was really important to experience a non sexual expression of nakedness, that when they had that opportunity in a social setting, they were so excited, empowered and grateful.

    In the greater conversation, we have to be part of the change from shaming each other. A lot of us do that to each other or find something to nitpick about (me, guilty as charged). At a training last week I shared with a group of women about my clothes free life and clothes free yoga, and from my share sprouted this amazing discussion about women empowering each other, and then one woman talked with me one-on-one and said “Can you imagine if we were like this with each other all of the time? Why do we fight so much?” I think this ends up getting related to a lot of the things you mentioned in terms of basically being a sexualized objectified commodity, and from there competition to be the highest commodity…. perhaps for social survival that really connects to economic survival and so forth as well. Perhaps. And/or many other things.

    Men

    1 – Stay away from commenting on women’s bodies in terms of “I love your curves, your body is amazing, your breasts are gorgeous, etc,” because that just draws attention back to the body, and it makes the conversation about how / whether that body is pleasing to you. From there, it becomes everything Felicity is talking about here. Stay on who people are being, what they are doing, and what they are about.

    2 – Keep promoting nonsexual social nudity and addressing the men who try to take it back to sex. You have no idea how much of a support that is to women, just to see, for instance, in a Twitter feed exchange or on WordPress or other platforms, men talking to other men and setting the record.

    I and others have been through sexual abuse, so it’s certainly nothing to take lightly, and I don’t think enough men get that. There are some men in the community who truly take a stand for the non sexual approach, and they really do step up to those men who insist on sexual content and say, “Dudes, what you’re promoting is not helping anything, so stop clouding “naturism’ with that and go on your merry way.” I’ve seen some men backfire and get all defensive with these guys mention rape and what women go through. But a lot of men don’t get the prevalence of the issue. Rape is actually not rare. It’s really not. Within the last 1.5 weeks, I’ve had one on one conversations with women in my world where each of us has been through that. So, I get that people want to sexually express themselves (and I like sex, too), but if the goal is to create a safe space where women can actually feel like their nudity can just be for them, then we really do need people to GET that. Having men stand up to other men is really helpful.

    That’s all I have for now.

    Thanks again for this.

  2. naturistsholiday 3 years ago

    Reblogged this on Naturist Holidays in Europe.

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    Moniqua 3 years ago

    Reasons as to why I’m apprehensive about going to these naturist places and joining groups. Most of the pictures I see online are mostly of older white men and women. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, it’s just that that won’t make me feel comfortable.

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