Difference Between Nudism and Naturism

Difference between nudism and naturismThis is one of the most widely asked questions (next to “is nudity illegal”) and so, in this post, we discuss whether there is a difference between nudism and naturism. As it is a post, please feel free to add your own comments and thoughts below but please keep it civil 🙂

I think the concensus of most people is no, there is no difference between nudism and naturism but in some scenarios, that may not be the case. I believe it is cultural and I will explain my reasoning in this post. Firstly, though, some definitions. The Oxford dictionery defines a nudist as “a person who engages in the  practice of going naked wherever possible” whereas a naturist is “a person who goes naked in designated areas”. The dictionery does continue by saying a naturist is also a person who worships nature however my definition of a naturist is the same as the definition for a nudist – they are, for all intents and purposes, one and the same.

But the term “naturism” is an derivative of the word “nature” so is the naturist someone who prefers to be at one WITH nature or AS nature intended? In essence, I believe it is the latter but certainly being as nature intended in nature is a fantastic feeling – and having had that experience on a number of occassions, I can wholeheartedly recommend it.

As I said above, I believe that some people believe that there is a difference between nudism and naturism and I alluded to it being a due to culture. What I mean by this is that, in my experience of naturism, there are a number of people from different parts of the world (mostly America and the Indian sub-continent but not neccessarily restricted to those areas) that actually believe nudism is a prelude to some form of sexual gratification and that by announcing you are a nudist or naturist, you are saying that you are open for pornography, “playing” on web cam or the swapping of intimate photos.

If we go back to the dictionery definition of a naturist/nudist, it is simply a person who likes to go naked wherever possible – it doesn’t say “a person who likes to go naked wherever possible and engage in all manner of sexual activities”. In fact, the concept of naturism is not about sex at all (see post on sex and naturism here), it is merely about being able to enjoy the benefits of nudity in a non-sexual environment where everyone can feel safe and be at one with nature. It is where you are free to simply sunbathe, swim, play games or just socialise with other naturists.

To give an example of the misconception some people have, this is the exact profile from someone’s Twitter account:-

“nudist couple #Live #SEX #CamGirls #NSFW | #PicATweet #VIP #LiveCam #HOT #Nude #Boudoir #Photography #Nudist #Swingers”

a perfect example of what a nudist is NOT and this is not just restricted to Twitter, a popular web site has hundreds of users all purporting to be nudists however the vast majority are just interested in the sexual side to human nature. As an experiment, I joined recently, entered the chat room and launched the web cam. Within seconds, there were 13 men watching my cam and within a minute I had 4 private chat windows open and it wasn’t long before they were asking for private cam sessions – no need to guess too hard what was on their mind! Another recent example from Twitter was an image of a woman, posed in a provocative way with the caption “Can I tease you a little bit? #naked #nude #nudity #nudism #nudist #naturist #naturism please RT”.

It is clear that there are either two things going on here; 1) either people are unaware of what nudism and naturism are really about and think it is all to do with sex or 2) they are aware that it is non-sexual but are using it as a method to market their own images or ideas. If the latter, it is a wasted effort as real naturists will simply block the accounts.

Therefore, although there does not seem to be a difference between nudism and naturism in terms of the actual lifestyle, there is a distinction in what some people believe it means. I think it is therefore really important for real naturists to actively promote the lifestyle and get the message out that it is a lifestyle choice for some, it is about simply enjoying nudity either solo or socially and that there is nothing sexual about it.


Sex and Naturism

In this post, I discuss the issues surrounding sex and naturism. Many people believe that because naturists are nude, then it must be about sex and while sex and naturism do belong together in the right context, it is this that people get wrong.

sex and naturism

We have discussed in another post the difference between nudism and naturism so do not need to go into it here, so let’s jump straight to the sex! There have been comments made in various social media platforms regarding sex and naturism and specifically that the two do not meet – this is actually a false statement.

In the first instance, a naturist is simply a person who prefers to spend as much time as possible naked and quite often in a natural setting but not exclusively. Much of this time is spent either on their own, with a partner or as part of a wider social group either at a beach, club, event etc. and that is the point of naturism, it is the freedom to be naked in a non-sexual environment.

Now, naturists are also human beings and the human being has this strong desire to have sex, and lots of it! Male or female, everyone enjoys sex and we are the only animals on this planet that have sex for pleasure. This means that, like everyone else on this planet, naturists also like to have sex but the difference is the context. Let me explain.

The concept of the lifestyle is enjoy nature as nature intended either socially or as individuals in a non-sexual environment. This environment (which can be anything from a beach to a club) provides a setting where people can be free without the social constraints of life and that includes sex. Therefore, sex in a naturist scenario is frowned upon as is evidence of sexual arousal – this is usually very evident in a man but not so in a woman. Acting on this arousal is also frowned upon because the idea is we’re enjoying nakedness in a non-sexual environment and also, there may be people (and children) who would not particularly want to see other people having sex.

Now, as I said, naturists like to have sex as well and they do this by taking the sexual act outside of the naturist environment. On a beach, for example, they may retire to a secluded area, bonk away and then return once satisfied. If a man gains an erection, he will simply lay on his stomach or cover with a towel until the swelling dissipates but if he decides to play with this erection to climax, he will also be frowned upon as would a woman who openly plays with herself. Having sex or engaging in a sexual act in public in the sight of other people is not only illegal, but is exhibitionism which is not what naturism is about.

So while the naturist does have sex and enjoys it as much as anyone else, it is not something that is done in the open for all to see. The perception that the general public has that naturists are swingers or exhibitionists has been created by a minority of people who call themselves naturists but exhibit their sexual acts for all to see. There is nothing wrong with engaging in sexual acts between consenting adults when on web cam, at the beach or out in the countryside but to do it under the name of naturism is not conducive to the lifestyle – we do not have sex because we are naturists, we have sex because we are human beings.