The PR Problem: Comments from the Peanut Gallery

Comments from The Peanut GalleryThe other week (okay, it’s been nearly two months… I’m sorry!) I was asked why I hadn’t commented on this post: Naturism and Nudism have a PR Problem. Frankly, I really thought I had nothing more to add to the comments. Then I was asked if I would write another piece for CFL (doesn’t anyone else feel like an efficient light bulb when they type that? No? Just me? Okay) and I thought, “How opportunistic!”

Houston...We have aproblem.Right there in the first paragraph is reason numero uno why I refrained from calling myself a nudist: “the term has become associated with sexual nudity”. If I declared myself even a casual nudist, I knew I was going to have all of the “pornmongers, pervs and sex trolls” coming out of the woodwork. Why? Because even with my clothes on I’d had enough issues with people of that ilk. Were I to burn my bra, so to speak, I would be tossing my hat in the internet ring of Open Season on ALL THINGS SEX ALL THE TIME!

So, what did I do? I did what any self-respecting model, who models nude and thinks she’s pretty clever does: I called myself the “Accidental Nudist“. I’m still proud of that; don’t hate me.

But, I can hear you all asking, “What actually happened?”

Where are the boobs-!On Facebook, I received messages from a few moon-eyed admirers. Some turned sour when their advances were spurned.

On my own website? New followers unsubscribed just as quickly as they had signed up because I wasn’t flooding their inboxes or reader pages with my nude images.

My Instagram? Not as much action, but I know they are there… just waiting for a nude to show up. Sorry, you’re more likely to see photos of adult beverages, flowers, honeybees, and Cedric the Roaming Gnome.

On Twitter? Well Lovelies, that is where I got more new followers than I could count who were tweeting and retweeting every photo of tits and ass, cock and balls, or even all four together (literally) with the hashtags “Naturism/#Nudist and every derivative thereof that were blatantly NOT naturist or nudist in nature. It was porn. So I reported… and I blocked.

Also, I’m pretty sure I got at least one stalker out of the deal. Super Fun!! (No, not fun.)

“But Sarah, you’ve been on nude cruises and ‘nakations’! Surely they are events to make Bacchus proud!”

Yes. Yes I have. No, no they aren’t (at least not that I’ve seen). My eyes were opened to the wide world of naturism/nudism, and just like the textile world, while there are some bad apples in the barrels, most of them are good. On nude cruises and nakations there are people from every walk of life. They also come in every size, shape, color (some more than one thanks to tattoos), and often with extra hardware (piercings… I’ve seen a LOT of piercings). While there are people who enjoy swinging or casual sex who are on the look out for other like-minded, consenting adults, the vast majority of folks are people who just want to sun their buns, relax without clothes, meet friends old and new, and not think too much about the rest of the world. Through both venues, Mr. Muse and I, made some great, long-lasting friendships.


It’s not ALL THINGS SEX ALL THE TIME in the textile world so why would it be in the  naturism/nudism world just because there aren’t clothes? That’s just silly to think so.

So, how do you get western culture to see that being sans clothes isn’t just about free love? Well, the original article covers those steps well; if you’ve not read it yet, I encourage you to do so. Does it mean that as a naturist/nudist, even an accidental one, that you absolutely must stop posting nude photos of yourself? No. You should, however, be conscious that posting photos of just your genitals or breasts perpetuates the reduction of the body, your body, to an object. You’ve effectively dehumanized yourself.

The fact that photos of that variety are of anatomy seen in Western culture as sexual does nothing to break down the stereotypes, only to keep them going. (Can’t show your face but want to show you’re proud to be a nudist? Get creative! Take an image from the side or the back where you’re not looking at the camera.)

It means that you need to divest yourself of the naivety that is held so dear about body freedom and invest yourself in creating an environment, a culture, a society, a group, that is beneficial to your beliefs and a reflection of the reality that being without clothes does not equate a lifestyle of overactive hormones and imaginations. It’s great that you believe and know that naturism/nudism isn’t all about sex, but a good portion of society does not. Be the change you wish to see in the world.

Are you against using the terms “nudist” and “naturist” as identifiers for people who are only looking to pop their weasels? Then enforce that belief! Don’t condone by silence. Don’t just “follow back because they followed [you] first”! Report. Block. Publish that they are “porn mongers, pervs and sex trolls”. I do.


The Amusing Muse lives in Southern Wisconsin with her husband, Mr. Muse, along with their menagerie of livestock and pets. She has had images appear in print and online for ISLANDS and N magazines and has written articles for both Clothes Free Life, AANR, and N magazine. She is an online extrovert and an in-person chameleon confusing people and making them wonder if she’s really an introvert or not. 


  1. Eric English 2 years ago

    This is a delightful article. I appreciate your thoughtfulness and wit. It is wonderful to see a kindred spirit just living the life they love. I am glad you are in the world and I love the land and people of Wisconsin, even in the winter! Thank you

  2. Bare Beach Bum 2 years ago

    I’ve always used the term naturist and nudist interchangeably and I don’t see the point in splitting hairs with separate definitions of the two because the general population doesn’t differentiate. I have read a few articles trying to define each separately and I still can’t see the difference. Maybe I’m becoming overly sensitive, but I’m getting tired of having to constantly explain that naturism is not any more sexual than the textile world. I know that even in the art world there are people that don’t get this. Every so often I run across a photographer that thinks a female nude model is open to sexually explicit photos just because she poses nude. I too have nothing wrong with sex but in the proper context. Social nudity is not that context.

    • Earl D avatar
      clothesfreelife 2 years ago

      You can be counted on for cogent responsible reasonable and balanced comments thank you for contributing that. Now get over to and share the love there as well. 🙂

  3. Jim & Becky 2 years ago

    All excellent points. The big saving grace, is if you’ve been around the real nudist/naturist world, the swinger types compose a minority that usually keep their activities under the radar. Usually that is. I’ve had to confront a few bad apples at beaches and resorts in my time.

    The internet however, is a whole different issue. Because of the mistaken belief of anonymity, people do or say things online that would get them punched out in the real world. There are long discussions about this on a nudist website we belong to.

    Lack of clothing does not mean lack of morals.

    • musingsoftheamusingmuse avatar Author
      The Amusing Muse 2 years ago

      I don’t consider swingers “bad apples”, they exist in the nudist/naturist world as well as textile. “Different strokes for different folks” as it were. The “bad apples” are the people who have zero sense of boundaries: because I modeled on the cruises, I often had people ask if they could take photos with me, automatically assuming that I would allow them to put their arms around me. There were also people who clearly had ulterior motives and would say things completely out of line to me – someone they didn’t know in the least. BUT, that happens in the textile world, too. So, people behaving badly is something that is ubiquitous across hemlines.

      I do agree, however, on the perception that what someone says online is completely anonymous. Harassment is still rampant. I’ve experienced it in person and online, thankfully a few cutting remarks usually puts an end to it – at least for me.

  4. sassycoupleok 2 years ago

    Very well stated my friend !! 🙂

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