Is It Time To End The Stigma Around Nudity? How Can You Help Make A Change!

Published On April 7, 2018

We are all born naked and spend large amounts of our time naked. And often, being naked with someone else is a sign of intimacy and personal relaxation. Something to be aspired to, if not enjoyed. Naturism, the lifestyle of being nude, pushes the frontiers of whats socially acceptable. And as much as the world seems to push for acceptance, it still treats Naturism with nervousness, abuse and fear. Perhaps there is a way to move forward and end the stigma.

A Display Of Ignorance; Stigma In Practice

In a popular article in the British Telegraph (a country renowned for its ‘prudishness’,) writer William Langley discusses why people may find Nudism hard to swallow. He refers to naturists being threatened with prosecution and being placed on the sex offenders register, and quotes British Naturism campaigner Malcolm Boura;

It’s not just completely over the top, it’s a display of ignorance. There is no law against being naked in public, but too often the police simply don’t know that.

It seems that people, and the police, are confusing naturism (which is about self expression,) with oppression. And from a legal standpoint, being naked in the UK is not illegal provided you are not doing it to shock or offend. So if someone doesn’t like how you look, or are concerned about your intentions, you can be detained and charged. It seems like a risk, and likely one that many naturists face everyday.

In fact, on a poll on my Twitter, we can see that although people are mainly accepting of nudity, they still perceive it as reserved for only certain times.



But if people are nervous and prone to easy offence, then what can really be done?Should you cover up because someone else doesn’t understand?

Normalise And Remove Stigma

Naturists celebrate self expression and being one with nature, and those offended see it as threatening (criminal, sexual or otherwise.)

The first step in removing stigma is education. By talking to people, conducting interviews (get them yourself,) and blogging/sharing you can help to defuse tensions. People see nudity as odd because of their experience, and a naked man will appear more threatening than a naked woman. But on an individual level, it comes down to a miscommunication. And people won’t change unless they can learn, discuss and question.

The second step is to normalise. Fear can be dealt with in two major ways, flooding (i.e intense exposure to the fear,) or systematic desensitisation (prolonged, incremental exposure.) Both show the feared object is not really a threat. But when it comes to Naturism, where legal aspects may be involved, it may be sensible to favour the latter. Opinions change slowly, so be prepared to be patient.

A Bare Truth About Stigma

Simply put, the public may never embrace nudity fully. But it is embracing it bit by bit. The most you can hope for is progression, but this may never be universal. To be a nudist requires a certain perspective on life, and you cannot expect it of everyone. The same way you wouldn’t be expected to pander to other peoples views. But by talking about it, you can normalise it and make it easier for those who oppose it to come on side.

By slowly desensitising, Naturism may become more acceptable. And with that, put an end to Stigma as best it can.


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12 thoughts on “Is It Time To End The Stigma Around Nudity? How Can You Help Make A Change!”

  1. I’d like to discuss how we might be able to work together. I saw your outreach for bloggers and creative individuals. If interested I can provide my nude resume.

    My blog can be found at

  2. Why is sex and nudity considered “dangerous” by “the establishment”? And why are people offended by nudity, but not by guns and violence…

  3. I think most of the misunderstandings come from the sex industry. An industry which sells nudity and sex every day, its easy to forget that there’s a difference between sex and nudity when you have to be 18+ to be allowed to view the products of that industry (even though alot of the time people discover the sex industry before that age). It only distorts our view of the human form. I completely agree with your views on nudity, it’s only natural to want to remain nude from the day of birth to the day of death. Another thing that I find ridiculous is the attitude towards nipples, men and women both have nipples, yet women aren’t allowed to show them in public because they have been oversexualised when in actual fact they are just tools to feed our young, people go so far as to say “women shouldn’t be allowed to show their nipples in public as imagery of that kind is unsuitable for children”, which is complete bollocks if you ask me. So it’s fine to be breast fed in public (although people are still freaked out by it) but then when you get to the age where you no long need to breastfeed you’re supposed to learn that breasts and female nipples are wrong until the age of 18? It makes me so angry that people are so narrow-minded that they can’t accept the more natural way of life. Another thing that annoys me is that a naked man is perceived to be more threatening than a naked woman, yes a woman is more likely to be sexually assaulted and being so is the worst thing for a woman to endure, don’t get me wrong, the psychological effects alone are a nightmare to recover from, and some people never recover. But a naked man has all his reproductive organs on the outside and some may argue that in terms of risk to future generations the male would be more susceptible to injury or psychological repercussions. But I digress. The main issues that people face are the people who make the laws failing to distinguish between having a healthy attitude towards nudity and sex, (which only used to mean reproduction) sex has become more of a genre for different acts which involve (but not limited to) nudity. I can understand if people have sex in a public place where children might be then that is something that can be dangerous to young minds, but simply walking around in your birthday suit is something that everyone does at least once a day every day. 50% of humans have one set of reproductive organs while the other half have a different set, aside from a few pimples or spots or body shape we are all the same on the outside, surely we can get over this fact and be naked in front of one another without feeling insecure or threatened by something we all share?
    Email me if you think I’m right, or wrong, I love to debate such things. But this topic is where my heart lies.

  4. I just found your site and read an article or two and I love it! You are extremely articulate and full of common sense. As we become more vocal and educate society about social nudism or naturism, we will slowly break down the barriers and misconceptions.

    In society we are being asked to accept many things that were extreme or fringe thoughts, yet naturism/nudism is still banished to the Victorian Ages. Maybe because most of us enjoy this as a form of relaxation so we don’t want to make waves. In any case finding a place to be nude is harder and harder to do in most places. I fully support and will work with anyone who is a champion for the cause.

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  8. There are some very sensible points made in these comments. But, most are made by people who are nudists, or so it seems from the way the points are made. The problems nudists face in getting others to accept our preference for nudity can mostly be addressed through discussion between us all. I’m convinced that more people understand why I am a nudist if I talk to them about my way of life than they did say 20 years ago. It may be easier for me to do this now as I am much more open to all about my nudism. I don’t believe in shouting “I’m a nudist” but when the opportunity to discuss my social life comes up I will usually mention that I went to a certain beach recently or went on holiday somewhere when both places are well-known nudist places. If the person or people I’m talking to realises this and asks if I am a nudist I am happy to tell them that I am. This can lead onto a longer conversation about nudism.

    I’m not saying that all nudists should be open like this, but if more of us are then the more people who realise that they know a nudist then I feel that acceptance of nudism will become more wide spread. I understand that it is not easy for all nudists to be open about their way of life, for example for family or work type reasons. I have had jobs in the past where it was better not to tell anyone that I am a nudist. I am lucky now in that it does not matter who knows that I am a nudist. I love being naked whenever I can be, nudism is a wonderful way of life and I am proud to be a nudist. I have had no problems from telling people that I am a nudist. Nor have I had any problems from being photographed on World Naked Bike Rides, on organised nude hikes, for national naturist magazines and websites, for publicity photo shoots for nudist clubs or from being recognisable and nude on various websites. I have made some wonderful nudist friends through being open like that.

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