Getting naked in Germany

Public nudity is pretty normal in Germany. In fact, Germany is considered as one of the first nations where nudism originated. People in this country are absolutely fine being naked as they are with clothes. There is a nudist organization in the nation known as the FKK that is responsible for maintaining nudist beaches and other recreational activities pertaining to German nudists.

In Germany, nudism is referred to as free body culture, which has nothing negative to be associated with.
How did it start?

Germany's passion for nudity actually started in the late 19th century where stripping off and taking a sunbathing was considered as a potential solution that was touted to be a cure for tuberculosis and rheumatism. In 1920, when the rest of Europe was still conservative and felt feverish even on the thought of nudity, Germany came up with a beach exclusively for nudists.

Less than 10 years down the line, the Berlin school of nudism was founded to promote mixed sex open air exercises. The country also became the first to host the first international nudist congress. This was heavily criticized and rules were made to curtail nudity in public areas. However, these rules were relaxed in 1942.

Naked Proletariat

Nudism has been extremely popular in East Germany and was considered as an escape from uniform and conformity of the communist state. As a result, people belonging to East Germany chose to spend time naked at lakes, beaches and at places that were maintained by the FKK. When the residents of West Germany started holidaying across the European continent, they took their liking for nudism to various nations, where it received mixed opinions.
Where can you bare it all?

According to official figures, there are over 600,000 nudist members that are registered with over 300 private nudist clubs and nudist institutions managed by the FKK. In case you're keen on baring it all, it would be a great idea if you find out places that are managed by any nudist organization operating in the area. There are various nudist clubs and nude beaches in the country where you can connect with fellow nudists and if you're a single nudist, you might also find an ideal nudist match.

For instance, Sylt's Kampen beach is a popular nudist destination for the wealthy and affluent people in Germany. In addition, the beach also attracts visitors from across the globe.


Hundreds of people flock to South Africa's first official nudist beach

South Africa's first official nude beach has finally opened up to the general public. After being surrounded by controversies for over 2 years, the local councilors took the decision of converting this place to a nudist beach. In November last year, KwaZulu-Natal's secluded Mpenjati beach was officially given the green light as the country's first beach exclusive to nudists.
However, the opening of this beach got postponed on several occasions due to objection from other local associations. Earlier, on April 5 this year the beach was opened for a trial run. Things did not go as planned and police had to be called to ward off miscreants and law-breakers. Now that things are in place and the beach is attracting quite a lot of people, the organizers hope that it becomes a connecting ground for nudists from across the globe.

Interacting with the Press, Chairman of the South African Naturist Association Serge Pavlovic couldn't hide his excitement and said, “We are here legally; there is a lot of emotion about this – people don't understand that nudists want to be the one with nature, there is nothing sexual about this.”

He also expressed his disappointment at the dismal run during the Easter weekend, when concerned citizens group, worried about the impact of this on the local culture, decided to contact the cops and called for the arrest of nudists. Despite the fact that this beach has been officially declared as an official beach, a lot of locals continue to be against the idea.

However, the Hibiscus Coast Municipality came to the rescue of nudists and ensured they had a good time there, without any further interference of the locals. In order to ensure naturists have a good time and don't face any other issues in the future, the by-laws for the recognition of the same have been passed.

Another thing that's worth noting is that this is the only clothing-optional beach in the world that has a code of conduct, which is another reason why the South African Nudist Association is very proud of the achievement. Chairman Pavlovic is all set to start an extensive promotional campaign for the website which would ensure more and more people visit this place from all corners of the world.
While there are several nudist beached in the United States of America, Australia and Canada, none of them have a specific code of conduct that prohibits anti-social element to crop into the space. The officials that worked hard to give Mpenjati beach the status of nudist beach have ensured people don't have to face any awkward situation that could compromise their privacy.


No regrets over baring it all, says Nudist

The nudist behind last year's controversy at Penang Mr. Albert Yam Kam Hoong says he has nothing to regret about the incident that happened last year. However, he does regret uploading videos on a popular video sharing website that drew vast criticism from Malaysian politicians and Internet users from across the globe.

He regrets surrendering to the Malaysian police and says all the facts were not made clear to him prior to surrendering. Nonetheless, there is one thing that he isn't apologetic about – being a nudist. According to Albert, he did not offence by baring it all. Nudism is just a form of living and a lifestyle that he prefers to follow. And, every individual on the planet should be given the freedom of following his beliefs.

The 47 year old Albert confesses he shouldn't have practiced this form of lifestyle in Malaysia. “In Thailand of Indonesia, we would have no problems at all”, he said. Albert Yam Kam Hoong along with seven others was jailed over the participation in the “Nude Sports Games 2014” that were conducted in May last year. Every person that was arrested received month-long sentences for public nudity, while Albert was made to serve 6 more months for possession and distribution of pornographic material.

The video that Mr. Yam posted on a popular video sharing platform shows other nudists painting each others‘bodies, dancing and rolling over each other. According to insiders, since his return to Singapore from the prison on January 2, 2015 he has not only been depressed but has also lost a considerable amount of weight in the previous months. Albert said the condition that he had to face in the prison were too harsh and made his life a living hell.

He also said that people misguided him and made him surrender to the Malaysian police. He was told that the nature of the crime wasn't serious and he would get an advantage provided he surrendered. “I didn't expect so much jail time. I suffered a lot in there”, he said. Albert is said to have uploaded a lot of other videos earlier but this is the first time that he got into trouble because of it.

Albert said his intention behind posting of such images wasn't wrong. All he wanted to do was to promote such nudist events and that the videos were for the members'private viewing. The event was eventually cancelled because of this issue and he did not expect the images to be shared by a global audience and become viral. He also agreed on the fact that Malaysians and Singaporeans have conservative views on nudism and cannot accept it. For now, he has started to avoid participating in nudist events so that his family members don’t have to face the wrath.

For nudists in the country which has conservative views on nudity, my advice is try interact with other nudists online, there are many nudist forum, nudist dating site or nudist social sites for nudist like you and  me.

Anyway, they just did the right thing at a wrong place, nothing wrong with nudism and being a nudist!