205 Arguments and Observations In Support of Naturism

Nudity is often more comfortable and practical than clothing.

1. There are times when clothing is physically uncomfortable. Nudity, on the other hand, is often much more comfortable.

2. For many activities, nudity is often far more practical than clothing.

3. Clothing Also restricts movement, and encumbers the athlete. Studies done by the West German Olympic swim team showed that even swimsuits slow down a swimmer.

4. A nudist is not a body lacking something (that is, clothing). Rather, a clothed person is a whole and complete naked body, plus clothes.

5. Many Psychologists say that clothing is an extension of ourselves. The clothes we wear are an expression of who we are. The Naturist's comfort with casual nudity, therefore, represents an attitude which is comfortable with the self as it is in its most basic state, without modification or deceit.

6. Clothes-compulsiveness creates insecurity about one's body. Studies show that nudism, on the other hand, promotes a positive body self-concept.

7. Nudism promotes wholeness of body, rather than setting aside parts of the body as unwholesome and shameful.

8. Clothes-compulsiveness locks us into a constant battle between individuality and conformity of dress. Nudity frees us from this anxiety, by fostering a climate of comfortable individuality without pretense.

9. The practice of nudism is, for nudists, an immensely freeing experience. In freeing oneself to be nude in the presence of others, including members of the other sex, the nudist also gives up all the social baggage that goes along with the nudity taboo.

10. The sense of "freedom" that comes from the nudist experience is consistently rated by nudists as one of the main reasons they stay in it.

11. Nudism, by freeing the body, helps free the mind and spirit. An irrational clothes-compulsiveness may inhibit psychological growth and health.

12. The nudist,literally, has nothing to hide. He or she therefore has less stress, a fact supported by research.

13. Clothing Hides the natural diversity of human body shapes and sizes. When people are never exposed to nudity, they grow up with misunderstandings and unrealistic expectations about the body based on biased or misinformed sources--for instance, from advertising or mass media.

14. Clothing Hides and therefore creates mystery and ignorance about natural body processes,such as pregnancy, adolescence, and aging. Children (and even adults) who grow up in a nudist environment have far less anxiety about these natural processes than those who are never exposed to them.

15. Children are not born with any shame about nudity. They learn to be ashamed of their own nudity.

16. Shame, with respect to nudity, is relative to individual situations and customs, not absolute.

17. The dominant idea that clothing is necessary for reasons of modesty is a cultural assumption. It is an assumption that is not shared by all cultures, nor by all members of our own culture.

18. There is evidence that modesty is not related to nakedness at all, but is rather a response to appearing different from the rest of the social group for instance, outside the accepted habits of clothing or adornment.

19. Shame comes from being outside mores, not from specific actions or conditions. Because nudity is unremarkable in a nudist setting, nudists may even forget that they are nude and often do.

20. Psychological studies have shown that modesty need not be related to one's state of dress at all. For the nudist, modesty is not shed with one's clothes;it merely takes a different form.

21. Many indigenous tribes go completely naked without shame, even today. It is only through extended contact with the "modern" world that they learn to be "modest."

22. Even in North America, nudity was commonplace among many indigenous tribes prior to the arrival of Europeans.

23. For someindigenous tribes, nudity or near-nudity is an essential part of their culture.

24. Yet missionaries have consistently sought to impose their own concepts of"decency" on other cultures, ignoring the elaborate cultural traditions regarding dress already in place.

25. Most anthropologists consider modesty an unlikely reason for the development of clothes.

26. Many psychologists and anthropologists believe that modesty about exposure of the body may well be a result of wearing clothes, rather than its cause.

27. It is interesting to note that it is only possible to be immodest once an accepted form of modesty has been established.

28. Mode sty with respect to nudity is a social phenomenon, not biologically instinctive.This is evidenced by the fact that nudity is venerated in art.

29. Nudity is not, by itself, erotic, and nudity in mixed groups is not inherently sexual.These are myths propagated by a clothes-obsessed society. Sexuality is a matter of intent rather than state of dress.

30. Nudists, asa group, are healthier sexually than the general population.

31. Sexualsatisfaction in married couples shows a correlation to their degree of comfort with nudity.

32. Studies show significantly less incidence of casual premarital and extramarital sex,group sex, incest, and rape among nudists than among non-nudists.

33. Studies have demonstrated that countries with fewer hangups about nudity have lower teen pregnancy and abortion rates.

34. Clothes enhance sexual mystery and the potential for unhealthy sexual fantasies.

35. Clothing focuses attention on sexuality, not away from it; and in fact often enhances immature forms of sexuality, rather than promoting healthy body acceptance.

36. Complete nudity is antithetic to the elaborate semi-pornography of the fashion industry.

37. Clothing often focuses attention on the genitals and sexual arousal, rather than away from them.

38. The fashion industry depends on the sex appeal of clothing.

39. Differences of clothing between the sexes focus attention on sex differences.

40. Many psychologists believe that clothing may originally have developed, in part, as a means of focusing sexual attention.

41. Partial clothing is more sexually stimulating (in often unhealthy ways) than full nudity.

42. Modesty especially enforced modesty only adds to sexual interest and desire.
female exposure allegedly inspires.

43. Topfree inequality (requiring women, but not men,to wear tops) produces an unhealthy obsession with breasts as sexual objects.

44. The identification of breasts as sexual objects in our culture has led to the discouragement of breast-feeding, the encouragement of unnecessary cosmetic surgery for breast augmentation, and avoidance of necessary breast examinations by women.

45. Naturism is the antithesis of pornography.

46. Pornographyhas been defined as an attempt to exert power over nature. In most cases in our culture, it manifests itself as an expression of sexual power by men over women. Naturism, by contrast, seeks to coexist with nature and with each other,and to accept each other and the natural world in our most natural states.

47. Non-acceptance and repression of nudity fuels pornography by teaching that any form and degree of nudity is inherently sexual and pornographic.

48. Naturism is innocent, casual, non-exploitative, and non-commercial (and yet is often suppressed); as opposed to pornography, which is commercialized and sensationalized (and generally tolerated).

49. Many psychologists believe that repression of a healthy sexuality leads to a greater capacity for, and tendency toward, violence.

50. Clothing limits or defeats many of the natural purposes of skin: for example, repelling moisture, drying quickly, breathing, protecting without impeding performance,and especially sensing one's environment.

51. Exposure tot he sun, without going overboard, promotes general health.

52. Recent research has suggested an inverse relationship between solar exposure and osteoporosis, colon cancer, breast cancer, and even the most deadly form of skin cancer, malignant melanoma.

53. An obsessive sense of modesty about the body often correlates with a reluctance to share healthy forms of touch with others.

54. Tight clothing may cause health problems by restricting the natural flow of blood and lymphatic fluid.

55. Clothing can harbor disease-causing bacteria and yeast (especially underclothing and athletic clothing).

56. Medical research has linked clothing to an increased susceptibility to bites and stings by animals such as ticks and sea lice, which hide in or get trapped in clothing.

57. Clothing fashions throughout history, especially for women, have often been damaging to physical and psychological health.

58. The idea that clothing is necessary for support of the genitals or breasts is often unwarranted.

59. Clothing Hides the natural beauty of the human body, as created by God.

60. Clothing makes people look older, and emphasizes rather than hides unflattering body characteristics.

61. Clothing harbors and encourages the growth of odor-causing bacteria.

62. Naturism is a socially constructive philosophy.

63. Naturism,by philosophy, is tolerant of others and their differences. It expects only the same in return.

64. Nudity promotes social equality, feelings of unity with others, and more relaxed social interaction in general. As mentioned earlier, clothing locks us into a collective unreality that prescribes complex responses to social status, role sand expected behaviors. As the artificial barrier of clothing is done away with, social class and status disappear. People begin to relate to each other as they are, and not as they seem to be.

65. Naturists tend to be especially accepting of other people, just as they are. This is an attitude that is undoubtedly related to the fact that Naturists are generally more accepting of their own bodies, just as they are, than the general public.

66. Socially and demographically, nudists are almost exactly like the rest of the population, except that they are tolerant of nudity. There are few other trends, social or psychological, positive or negative, that correlate to a statistically significant degree with nudists as a demographic group.

67. Naturism Rejects blind conformity to cultural mores and assumptions about the body,which see clothing as a constant necessity, in favor of a more reasoned,rational approach which recognizes the need for clothing to be dependent on context.

68. For Americans, non-acceptance and sexualization of their own nudity encourages a biased or racist attitude contrasting "clothed civilization" against the "naked savage."

69. True nudists emphasize a decent, family atmosphere and morality.

70. Research hows that children who grow up in a nudist setting tend to be more self-confident, more self-accepting, and more sexually well-adjusted. They feel better about their bodies, and more comfortable with their sexuality.

71. In general,"experts" such as Joyce Brothers and Dr. Spock speak out against family nudity without empirical evidence to back them up. When research is actually done, it contradicts their dire warnings.

72. Most Commentators say that it's the context in which family nudity takes place, not the nudity itself, that determines whether it's problematic. Children respond far more to parents' attitudes toward nudity than to the nudity itself, and nudity is only a problem when it is treated as one.

73. Many psychologists argue that the implicit message conveyed by a lack of nudity in the home is that the body is basically unacceptable or shameful an attitude which may carry over into discomfort about nudity in the context of adultsexual relationships.

74. Children of"primitive" tribes, surrounded by nudity of all forms, suffer no ill effects. Neither do children who grow up in other societies which are more open about nudity than our own. Presumptions that exposure to nudity will lead to problems for children grow out of the preconceptions of our culture.

75. Children who grow up in a nudist environment witness the natural body changes brought on by adolescence, pregnancy, and aging. They have far less anxiety about these natural processes than children who are never exposed to them except through layers of clothing.

76. Research has demonstrated that countries with fewer reservations about nudity (and sexuality in general) also have lower teen pregnancy and abortion rates.

77. Clothes-compulsion intimidates millions of mothers from breast-feeding their children, even though breast-feeding is healthier and often more convenient for both the child and the mother.

78. There pression of healthy nudity, especially for females, has been one of the chief means of mind and destiny control by the patriarchy. Breaking this pattern shatters the invisible bonds of an inherited sex role.

79. Limitations on women's nudity, an acceptance of pornography, and demanding fashion requirements may, individually, seem like minor issues. Taken as a whole,however, they form a pattern of repressive male-oriented expectations.

80. Top free Equality (requiring women, but not men, to wear tops) is demeaning and discriminatory toward women, and reinforces patterns of male domination over women.

81. Laws Banning exposure of female breasts do so in part because of the reaction such exposure would supposedly cause in men. Such laws are written entirely from shemale point of view, and ignore the point of view of women, who may want to go top free for their own comfort.

82. By refusing to accept the need to "protect" themselves from men by covering their bodies, women gain power, and shift the burden of responsible behavior to men,where it rightfully belongs.

83. Patriarchal laws strip women of the right to control their own bodies, but there have always been "exceptions" to obscenity laws which permit the use of women's bodies in consumer seduction. Thus female nudity is considered inappropriate on the beach, but is ubiquitous in advertising and pornography.

84. By Enforcing arbitrary clothing requirements for women (requiring them to cover their tops), the government acts in loco parentis, in the role of a parent.This is demeaning to women. Like children, they aren't conceded the ability or right to decide how to dress, much as they formerly weren't allowed to vote,own property, or exercise other rights.

85. There pression of healthy female nudity fuels pornography.

86. Pornography, in turn, limits women's ability to participate in healthy nude recreation, and to be casually nude in other ways. Naturism breaks the power of pornography over women.

87. The fight for freedom should mean civil rights for women--not license for pornographers.

88. Clothing fashions and legal requirements have historically contributed to the repression of women.

89. Naturism defies relationships based on a balance of power, and is thus consistent with contemporary feminism, which seeks to break down power hierarchies.

90. Naturism,as a celebration of the natural human body free of the artificiality of fashion, is highly compatible with the ideals of a natural, simple, and environmentally friendly lifestyle.

91. As we work for the good of nature, we must also work for the good and the freedom of our bodies, especially as they may be integrated with the rest of nature.

92. The goals of Naturism and environmentalism are often parallel. Like environmentalism,Naturism usually seeks to preserve the natural character of landscapes, and opposes development and commercial exploitation. The greatest risk to most beaches is not nudity, but development--the takeover of pristine public are as by private resorts or hotels.

93. One feels much more a part of a natural setting in the nude than clothed.

94. The nudist is far more sensually aware, because nudity enhances responsiveness and sensory experience.

95. Clothing cuts us off from the natural world, by inhibiting the skin's ability to sense the environment. It in fact distracts from our ability to sense the natural environment, by artificially irritating the skin.

96. Clothes-compulsiveness is incompatible with the natural patterns of nature, as expressed by every other member of the animal kingdom. Humans are the only species to clothe themselves.

97. Some Psychologists theorize that humans developed clothing, in part, to set themselves apart from animals.

98. The Physical barrier of clothing reinforces psychological barriers separating us from the natural world.

99. Lifestyles Which are incompatible with the natural patterns of nature (including clothes-obsessiveness) may be psychological damaging.

100. A Naturist lifestyle is more environmentally responsible. For example, the option of going nude during hot, humid weather greatly reduces the need for air conditioning.Most air conditioners use tremendous amounts of energy, and many use coolants which are damaging to the stratospheric ozone layer.

101. Clothing's produced by environmentally irresponsible processes from environmentally irresponsible sources.

102. Clothing Standards are inconsistent.

103. Clothing requirements are arbitrarily and irrationally based on gender.

104. Today in America, women's breasts are seen as erotic and un exposable, even though they are anatomically identical to those of men except for lactation capacity, and no more or less a sexual organ.

105. The Arbitrary nature of clothing requirements is reflected by different standards in different cultures.

106. The Arbitrary nature of clothing requirements is reflected by history. Even in the same culture, taboos about what parts of the body could or could not be revealed have changed radically over time.

107. Most world societies are much more open about nudity than the United States. For example,many cultures, especially in Europe, are more open to nudity on beaches and in other recreational settings.

108. Participation in nudist organizations is high in other parts of the world.

109. Naturist Vacations are a significant part of the tourist trade in many countries.

110. Nudity is much more common in foreign media.

111. Public nudity, including clothing-optional recreation, enjoys growing acceptance in North America.

112. Membership in nudist organizations is growing rapidly.

113. The tourism industry is discovering that it is in their economic best interests to accept clothing-optional recreation.

114. In a free society such as the United States, one's lifestyle should not be dictated by anyone else (majority or otherwise), especially if that lifestyle does not infringe on anyone else's rights

115. The Constitution was, in fact, written to protect the rights of minority points of view. This principle alone should justify the right to recreate peacefully in the nude without government interference.

116. The Constitution has been interpreted to protect individual freedoms except where they are overridden by a "compelling state interest." It is never responsibility of individuals to justify their freedoms. It is rather the responsibility of government to justify any restriction of freedom.

117. Naturism has always claimed that nudity offers "freedom from bodily restraints." Such freedoms may only be restricted in the case of"compelling state interest;" if none can be shown, the restriction is invalidd.

118. The Constitution has repeatedly been interpreted to protect the right of individuals to associate with others of similar philosophy, and also to raise their children in the context of a particular philosophy. This principle protects the right of nudist families to associate and recreate in the nude.

119. The First Amendment guarantees the right to freedom of expression. This protects every other form of clothing, and should protect the right not to wear clothing as well.

120. Recent court decisions in Florida, New York, and elsewhere have upheld nudity as part of the expression of free speech.

121. The"body language" of the nude human form has extraordinary symbolic and communicative power which should be protected by the First Amendment.

122. The Supreme Court has ruled that people can't be forced to communicate ideas they oppose (for example, saying the Pledge of Allegiance). It has also ruled that clothes can be a protected form of free speech (for instance, students and public employees had the right to wear black armbands to protest the Vietnam War). It is unconstitutional to force Naturists to express conformity to ideas of modesty and body shame that they disagree with, by forcing them to wear swimsuits at the beach.

123. The courts have thus far permitted the publishers of pornography to express attitudes which are exploitative of women, on the grounds that this is protected free speech; but it has been unsuitably reluctant to grant the same protection to the natural expression of body freedom through casual, non-exploitative nudity on the beach.

124. Clothing is both publicly expressive and privately symbolic, connoting identity in a particular cultural group. Restricting the state of dress of nudists is no less restrictive than prohibiting any other cultural group from wearing the clothing particular to their group. Preventing nudists from going nude is equivalent to preventing a person of Scottish descent from wearing the family colors, or preventing a priest from wearing his robes.

125. With the emergence of national organizations promoting nudism as a doctrine, nude recreation may eventually come to be seen as a protected medium of speech expressing that doctrine, and as an example of protected free association.

126. The Ninth Amendment makes it clear that no freedoms shall be denied that are not specifically prohibited. Thus, mere nudity is not illegal except where there are specific laws that prohibit it.

127. Many prohibitions against nudity stem, historically, from the political climate of the early Christian church. Even today, much of the objection to nudism is based on religious principles. The constitutional separation of church and state should make this an invalid argument.

128. Extensive legal precedent suggests that laws requiring women, but not men, to conceal their breasts are sexist, discriminatory, and unconstitutional.

129. Case history demonstrates that laws requiring women to cover their breasts are not justified by cultural prejudices and preconceptions.

130. Laws requiring women, but not men, to cover their breasts are written entirely from a male perspective, assuming that men's bodies are natural and normal, and that women's bodies must be covered because they are different.

131. Laws requiring women to cover their breasts are not justified by claims that women's bodies are significantly different from men's; nor by inaccurate claims that breasts are sex organs; nor by the fact that breasts may play a role in sex or sex play; nor by the fact that breasts are prominent secondary sex characteristics.

132. Mere nudity is not in itself lewd or "indecent exposure," a distinction upheld by extensive legal precedent nationwide.

133. Mere nudity cannot be offensive or immoral "conduct" for it is not conduct at all, but merely the natural state of a human being.

134. Given the challenge of defining modesty standards, which are by nature ambiguous,legislators have often found it to be more complicated to prohibit nudity than to sanction it.

135. A large portion of state and local government anti-nudity regulations have been legislated by individual high officials or small groups, without public review. This is undemocratic and contrary to the principle of due process.

136. By extensive legal precedent, it is unquestionably legal to be nude in private, on private property.

137. Many state or local governments have also explicitly legislated the right to be nude in designated public areas, such as legally-sanctioned nude beaches.

138. There is no universal federal prohibition against nudity on public land. In general,public land agencies view nude recreation conducted with discretion and sensitivity to the varying values of others as "legitimate activity."

139. The nude use of most federal lands is, in fact, constitutional because there is no universal federal law prohibiting it. The Ninth Amendment specifically says that no freedoms shall be denied which are not specifically prohibited.

140. The mandate of public land agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service provide for diversity of recreation. Historically, provisions have been made even for extreme minority forms of recreation. Recreational diversity ought to also include provisions for nude recreation.

141. Clothing-optional recreation is less offensive to most people than many other forms of recreation which are openly tolerated and even promoted on public land.

142. Naturists certainly deserve at least as much consideration by land management agencies as resource-damaging activities such as off-road vehicle use.

143. The Wilderness Act of 1963 defined wilderness areas as "lands designated for preservation and protection in their natural condition." They are to be managed in a manner that maintains them in as natural a state as possible. It follows that human should be able to enjoy wilderness areas in their own most natural state, free from the artificial constraints of clothing.

144. Public wilderness areas ought to be places where human freedoms, including nude recreation, are observed more freely than anywhere else. Wilderness should be our measure of carefully controlled anarchy, our refuge free of any but the most necessary intrusions by government rules and regulations. Do we not go to wilderness for these very reasons, and would it not be compromised by undue outside interference, such as unnecessary clothing regulations?

145. Recreation managers unfortunately often "solve" the issue of nude recreation, not by managing it, but by ignoring it. Thus managers"permit" nudity on remote beaches without facilities or lifeguards, then point to litter, drug use, and other problems as a consequence of the nudity rather than the lack of active management.

146. If public nude recreation can be widely accepted in societies considered repressive by Americans (for example, formerly-socialist Yugoslavia, once-communist East Germany, Orthodox Greece, or Catholic France), it ought to be tolerated in democratic Europe and in America, "the land of the free."

147. Anti-nudity laws are demeaning because they replace individual responsibility with state control.

148. It is inappropriate to use police resources to crack down on peaceful bathers at a beach simply because they are nude, while taking valuable resources away from other more urgent needs.

149. It is a cruel reversal of justice when the law frowns on innocent skinnydippers, while gawkers on the fringe of the nude beach, who pervert and fetishize the body,are accepted as "normal."

150. Social nudity is part of a long historical tradition. Recent Western civilization stands almost alone, in the entire known history of humanity, in its repressive code against nudity.

151. Nudity was common place in the ancient Greek civilization, especially for men.

152. Old Testament ceremonial washings, including baptism, were performed in the nude. Christ, too, was probably baptized naked as depicted in numerous early works of art.

153. Roman citizens, including early Christians, bathed communally in the nude at the public baths throughout most of the second through the fourth centuries. Nudity was also common during this period in other parts of ancient Roman society.

154. The writings of early Christians such as Irenaeus and Tertullian make it clear that they had no ethical reservations about communal nudity.

155. For the first several centuries of Christianity, it was the custom to baptize men,women, and children together nude. This ritual played a very significant role in the early church. The accounts are numerous and detailed.

156. Nudity was common and accepted in pre-medieval (circa 6th century) society, especially in places like Great Britain, which had been "barbarian" lands only a few hundred years before.

157. Nudity was fairly common in medieval and renaissance society, especially in the public baths and within the family setting.

158. Even in the Victorian era, before the invention of bathing suits, swimming nude in the ocean was commonplace; and music halls often featured nude models as living"sculpture."

159. Few people realize that swimsuits, as we know them today, are a relatively recent concept. The idea of wearing special clothing to swim in is barely a century old.

160. Skinnydipping, in the local river or farm pond, is well-documented as an important historical part of our national heritage.

161. Many YMCA,college, and high school male-only pools or swimming classes were historically"swimsuit-optional" or nude-only until federally-mandated "equal access" athletic programs (for the sake of women) were instituted in the mid 1970s.

162. Today, there are still public locations where nudity is, by local tradition or custom, the accepted practice.

163. The few officially sanctioned nude beaches in the U.S. (for example, Rooster Rock State Park, Oregon) and Canada (Wreck Beach, British Columbia) and most of the unofficial beaches as well have existed for decades without significant problems.

164. Many highly respected people, historical and contemporary, have espoused and/or participated in Naturism to some degree.

165. Historically, a great many writers and artists have regarded Naturism, or something close to it, to be part of the utopian ideal.

166. Nudity has often been used, historically, as a symbol of protest or rebellion against oppression.

167. Repressive morality was developed by the state and the Church as a tool to maintain control over otherwise free individuals.

168. Repressive morality has often sought to control not only nudity, but sexuality in general.

169. Repression of nudity is still used today as a means to further a repressive political agenda.

170. Much of the origin of repressive attitudes toward nudity may be traced to the political setting of the early church and church-state, though not the teachings of Christ Himself.

171. The aversion of early Christian church leaders to casual nudity was due in part to an association of nudity with paganism and homosexuality in the surrounding cultures.

172. The Church's aversion to nudity derived, in part, from its roots in the cultures of the ancient Near East, where nakedness had signified poverty, shame, slavery,humiliation, and defeat. Naked, bound prisoners were paraded in the king's victory celebration, and slain enemies were stripped of clothing and armor.

173. Before Western civilization, nakedness was a normal element of life and considered acceptable in many circumstances. However, as Freud describes in Civilization and Its Discontents, psychological repression of the awareness of our natural being was a necessary step in building civilization, by disciplining the masses into taking part in vast and self-abdicating social projects.

174. Nudity has often been censored primarily to avoid the more difficult task of managing it.

175. Recreation managers often "permit" nudity on remote beaches without facilities or lifeguards, then use nudity as a scapegoat for problems including litter and drug use that inevitably appear in high-use recreation areas without active management.

176. One of the greatest challenges faced by clothing-optional beaches is that their popularity, combined with their scarcity, leads to intensive use, which in turn conflicts with environmental and management concerns.

177. The"secondary effects" of an actively managed nude beach have in actual experience proven to be less crime, less inappropriate behavior, no drug dealers, an increase in parking revenues, and an increase in business in the adjoining commercial area.

178. Nudity has often been repressed for economic reasons, not because it was considered immoral.

179. We must never forget that for any freedom that is lost, we bear partial responsibility for letting it be lost.
 
180. Genesis 1:27 The (naked) human body, created by God, in God's own image, is basically decent, not inherently impure or sinful. The human body was created by God, and God can create no evil. It is made in God's image, and the image of God is entirely pure and good.

181. Genesis 1:31 God saw that everything, including naked Adam and Eve, was good.

182. Genesis 3:7 Many scholars interpret the wearing of fig leaves as a continuation and expansion of the original sin, not a positive moral reaction to it.

183. Genesis 3:10 Many scholars believe that Adam and Eve's sense of shame came not from their nakedness, which God had created and called good, but from their knowledge of having disobeyed God.

184. An innate,God-given sense of shame related to nakedness is contradicted by the existence of numerous indigenous societies in which nudity is the rule and a sense of shame is totally absent, and by the lack of shame felt by naked children.

185. Genesis 3:11 It was disobedience that came between Adam and Eve and God, not nakedness. The scriptures themselves treat Adam and Eve's nudity as an incidental issue.

186. Genesis 3:21 God made garments of skins for Adam, but the Bible does not say the state of nakedness is being condemned. Because of the Fall, Adam and Eve were no longer in Eden and were thus subject to the varieties of weather and climate,and God knew they would need clothes. God loved and cared for them even after they had sinned.

187. To assume that because God made garments He was condemning nudity makes as much sense as concluding that because God made clouds which blot out the sun He was condemning sunshine.

188. Genesis 9:22-24 Noah was both drunk and naked, but Ham was the one who was cursed when he dishonored his father, by calling attention to Noah's state,and making light of it.

189. Exodus 20:26 The Priest's nakedness was not to be exposed because it would create dissonance between his social role, in which he was to be seen as sexuallyneutral, and his biological status as a sexual being. The Priest's costume represented his social role; to be exposed in that context would be inappropriate and distracting.

190. Leviticus 18:6-19--Here and throughout the Old Testament and Torah, the expression"uncover the nakedness of" (as it is literally translated in the King James Version) is a euphemism for "have sexual relations with." The prohibitions do not refer to nudity per se.

191. I Samuel 19:23-24 Jewish prophets were commonly naked so commonly that when Saulstripped off his clothes and prophesied, no one considered his nakedness remarkable, but everyone immediately assumed that he must be a prophet also.

192. II Samuel 6:14-23 King David danced nearly naked in the City of David to celebrate the return of the ark, in full view of all the citizens of the city. Michal criticized his public nudity and was rebuffed.

193. Isaiah 20:2-3 God directly commanded Isaiah to loose the sackcloth from his hips, and he went naked and barefoot for three years. The prophet Micah may have done the same thing (see Micah 1:8).

194. Song ofSolomon repeatedly expresses appreciation for the naked body.
195. EveryBiblical association of nakedness with shame is in reference to a sin alreadycommitted. One cannot hide from God behind literal or figurative clothing. Allstand naked before God.
196. Nakednesscannot automatically be equated with sexual sin.
197. Nakednesscannot automatically be associated with lust.
198. Manyhistorical church leaders have disassociated nudity with sexual immodesty. St.Thomas Aquinus, for example, defined an immodest act as one done with a lustfulintention. Therefore, someone who disrobes for the sole purpose of bathing orrecreating cannot be accused of immodesty.
199. ThroughChrist, the Christian is returned spiritually to the same sinless, shamelessstate Adam and Eve enjoyed in Eden (Genesis 2:25). There is no question thattheir nakedness was not sinful. When God creates, nakedness is good. It followsthat when God re-creates, nakedness is also good.
200. The Biblesays plainly that sexual immorality is sin. Healthy Naturism, however, isentirely consistent for the Christian, who has "crucified the sinfulnature with its passions and desires." (Galatians 5:24)
201. The Biblecalls for purity of heart. Anyone who thinks it is impossible to be pure ofheart while nude is ignorant of the realities of nudism, and anyone who believethat it is wrong even for the pure of heart to be nude has fallen intolegalism, a vice which St. Paul repeatedly denounces.
202.Clothes-compulsiveness creates an unwholesome schism between one's spirit andbody. A Christian morality should deal with the person as a whole, healing bothspirit and body.
203. Nudity hasoften been used in the Christian tradition as symbolic of renouncing the worldto follow Christ
204. Many otherfaiths also support nudity, both historically and in current practice.
205. One of the most important arguments insupport of nudism is personal experience. Personal testimonies in favor ofnudism are too numerous to mention. Based on my own experience, I find nudiststo be more friendly, open-minded, considerate, respectful, and sharing thannon-nudists in general. Their children are more active, and healthier, bothphysically and mentally. None of these testimonies, of course, compares topersonal experience. A single visit to a nudist park or a nude beach will notcause permanent harm to anyone. On the other hand, it may change your life.Experience the freedom for yourself!

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