Naked and… On TV

TV shows featuring naked contestants seem to be popping up quite a bit lately. And in all honesty that isn't a bad thing. These kind of shows have been on the air for some time now in countries overseas but is becoming some of the fastest and highest rated shows on TV today.

But has anyone ever stopped to think that people have been living their lives as nudists since before television has even been around? Maybe nudists have been right all along? These are people who realize and understand the freedom and social liberties that they are afforded while practicing nudism. The mainstream norm is to cover up our bodies, not just with clothes but with “fashion,” This is for obvious reasons, such as protection against the elements and the spread of potential germs.

But if you were to ask somebody to strip down to their bare skin, it tends to go much deeper than just covering up. Our society has become unappreciative of who we are, and have turned our focus towards what we have. We tend to hide behind clothing and make-up and because we're not comfortable with ourselves. People who live the nudist lifestyle are forced to be content with themselves and isn't that what we all want? We all want to be seen for the individuals that we are and for what's on the inside. We want our significant others to see the same. Couples need to love each other for who they are to make it through life together. So with that being said, in true entertainment form, why not create a TV show that forces people to be comfortable with themselves by making them strip down to their birthday suite and try and find true love?

“Dating Naked” (airing on VH1) is one of these new shows helping people find love. As you can imagine this show features a group of people on a beautiful island, with no clothes, who are hoping to leave with a partner. When they go off the show they go back home to living the normal lives with or without someone from the island. Yes, the show promotes people being more comfortable with their bodies but it does not mean that people who live a nudist lifestyle will join the show to find nudist partner. At the end of the day is just a dating show for non-nudist people who are looking to get a taste of reality TV. In no way, shape, or form does this show help anybody in the nudism community find true love.

Here's where the separation comes in between someone who practices nudism and someone who's just enjoying being on a reality TV show with the word “Naked” in it. To be a nudist is to have a lifestyle and an overall thinking of how we portray each other. It's the freedom of knowing that they are truly comfortable with themselves regardless of what is on their bodies. If you were to ask most people how they felt being naked in front of others, their responses would be drastically different then if the same question was asked of a nudist. Having TV shows like this definitely address the problem society has with body image. It helps focus on the realness of people and how they feel interact and develop over the course of time in relation to one another. But this does not address or promote living a nudist lifestyle. It briefly touches on the concepts, however gives no further insight on truly living as a nudist.

All of these “Naked” shows are great for entertainment purposes and again definitely touch on some key issues that nudist have had right all along, but they are not intended to engage the true nudism community.


Nudists vs Exhibitionists

Sometimes people get a little bit confused about the differences between nudism and exhibitionism. Nudism is not based on sex, and you do not, if you are a naturist, go to a nudist beach to ogle the pretty people. Exhibitionism is a sexual act, whereas nudism is a non-sexual lifestyle choice. So let's unpack that a little bit more. 

Exhibitionism is defined as the act of exposing one's genitals to an unsuspecting stranger for the purposes of sexual gratification. That is, you get off on exposing yourself. There is not necessarily any desire for physical contact, with many exhibitionists just showing themselves off, though some do include masturbation in the deal. Other kinds of exhibitionism less strictly defined include things like going to sex clubs, wearing extremely revealing clothing, or sharing homemade pornography with the internet.
Basically, exhibitionism is driven by an engine of a sexual nature, whereas nudism is just about being, well, nude.

A nudist, in contrast, is simply someone who prefers to not wear clothes. There is no sexual driving factor; for example, if one person in a flat of five prefers to walk around naked while the others do not, that does not make them an exhibitionist. They are displaying naturist tendencies, not being propelled by a need to get off.

This distinction is important, but it seems as though few people actually know enough to make it. Look at nudist dating sites, for instance. As with any online dating service, they are populated with a good number of creeps, but with the added downside of many people confusing nudism and exhibitionism. So if you do intend to use one of these sites, you will need to be prepared to block, block, report, block, and block again as you weed out the creeps and weirdoes.

That is not to day that there are no true naturists on these websites – that is who they were created for, and they are there. They'll probably be significantly less sexual than the exhibitionist creeps just trying to send dick pics to every one they can, which is a fairly simple test. An exhibitionist will send a dick pic; a naturist will just have naked pictures, not focusing on their genitals.

So a nudist is someone who enjoys a lifestyle of being nude, not motivated by sex, and an exhibitionist is someone who gets off on flashing other people, exposing themselves, and making people uncomfortable. And, believe it or not, there are true nudists on nudist dating sites like NudistDatingSites.net; you just have to be willing to put in the work to find them.


8 Tips for going to a nudist beach

Nudist beaches top the list of places that people new to the nudist culture prefer heading to. While this is certainly an amazing way to explore the cloth-optional culture, it is crucial that you understand their lifestyle and the principles they adhere to. The American Association of Nude Recreation (AANR) has marked various beaches in the country as appropriate for nudists. There are similar locations in other countries as well.
Regardless of which nudist beach you visit, there are certain rules you're expected to follow. Some of them are mentioned below:

Before stripping off, make sure the beach you're at is reserved for nudists. You wouldn't want to make things awkward for others at the spot by hanging it all. In places where public nudity is considered a criminal offence, you might also be arrested for this act.

Make sure you apply sunscreen lotion. Remember, some parts of the body are exposed to sunlight on a daily basis while others remain hidden. Sudden exposure of these parts to direct sunlight may lead to sunburn.

Staring at others at a nude beach is considered rude. However, when you're new to the nudist lifestyle, you do tend to glance at others. So, how can you make this less awkward? Using shades will help in this case.

Not many people are aware of this but beaches are infested with a lot of tiny creatures that are waiting to feast on you. Use an insect-repelling spray before you decide to strip off.
Always have something recreational when you head over to a nudist beach. For instance, you can take a book to read or cards to play with. When you're idle, you tend to stare at others, which would never make anyone comfortable.

Never take a camera to the nudist beach. The fact that you've brought a camera along would make people around you uncomfortable. And, why would you want to take pictures of naked people?

Trimming down is recommended. When you're stripping down, you'd want to keep things clean and tidy. You'd want to look good in your birthday suit. However, this depends on the country you're in. In case you're in Australia or New Zealand, we advise you to trim.

A suggestion for girls / guys having a very attractive partner – never go with your partner for obvious reasons. However, if you don't mind others staring at your companion, go ahead!

For single nudists, find a partner first. It can be rather boring if you have to be alone to be nude.

You don't have to be nervous while going to the nude beach. Nudism is all about the feeling of equality and acceptance. Try adapting to the new environment and you'd love the hospitality.