The AANR (American Association for Nude Recreation) has the view that public nudity should be legal as long as the person is not doing anything with the intent of sexually arousing either themselves or anyone else.
The most stated reason by members is to get over "body shame", because doing so helps boost self esteem and confidence. There have been studies showing that children raised in nudist family have higher self esteem and confidence and are just generally more comfortable with who they are as a person.
On the other side there are those persons who seek out nude beaches and nudist events who have seual agendas. AANR nudist clubs don't tolerate such persons, and forcibly remove them shoudl they show up. I refer to such persons as "swingers" because they seem to fit the swinger lifestyle more than they do the nudist lifestyule
However, as a point of freedom. A freedom of expression, which does tno do harm to anyone, shoudl public nudity be legal? As atheists are nto burdened with religious mores , I was just wondering what the people here think?
I am a natuirst (nudist) and I have ridden the Portland (OR) World Naked Bike Ride, which has over 10,000 participants each year, and I have gone on nude hikes, visited clothing optional beaches
So, what are your thoughts?
When it's really warm, I like to shed my clothing, and interestingly have become more comfortable with nudism as I age. So I say go for it, with all the practical suggestions people have made here, e.g. using a towel.
North America was founded (if I have my history correct...) by people fleeing religious persecution, therefore explaining the puritanical mindset that kicked off this continent's culture. We still see its effects to this day. The objectifying of women is IMHO the result of forbidding the exposure of the human body. Make something illegal and forbidden, it makes it all the more naughty.
I don't think it should be penalized but if it was permitted in certain areas, I wouldn't have a problem with that. The element of surprise is what concerns me. For example, I would hate to walk around my neighborhood and see my Uncle Frank watering his lawn in the buff. That would make for an awkward family picnic down the road once Uncle Frank shows up.
My opinion is that public nudity should be legal. I lived in areas where there was a much greater degree of public nudity. I believe genetalia were often covered for protective reasons as these were more sensitive areas (injury wise - men & women) and for sanitary reasons. what was interesting was that nakedness was much more of an issue for those who were clothed than naked.
Whilst in Germany a friend and I realised we were in a naked sports complex when guys were wandering around starkers and we were in swimming trunks. The laughing Germans caused my friend to state that he felt embarrassed to be clothed so we went back to the lockers and got nudie. It was a "unisex" complex and all sexes used the same changing rooms and all facilities. There was no sexual innuendo or lewd behaviour. It was actually a pleasant experience to be there.
In the UK, the laws are not straight forward. I have included a link to a Wikipedia entry about a (in)famous naked rambler https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Gough
For us truly pale people it would require a coat of SPF not invented as yet. I'd rather wear clothing. That being said one of the first Nudist Camps in America was just a few miles from my doorstep growing up. And hey Big Bird is a nudist! So no - no problems with nudism - but I think sticking to clubs/beaches places it's accepted is just fine.
I have sunbathed naked at a beach in Sydney Australia. I find nothing wrong with that at all. A good tan makes one feel very healthy although the would be experts seem to find it may be risky. I live in Australia and have always sunbathed and with olive skin I am able to get a very dark tan.
I think it's pretty obvious that there would need to be exceptions. For example; at nudist clubs you are expected to bring your own towel to sit on. I wouldn't want to share a bus seat with god knows how many other people. And restaurants...I don't care if you had a shower an hour ago. Keep a wrapper on the smelly bits
Absolutely! However, reality sets in and we'll probably never see it in the next 5-10 years or longer. As for many of the comments below concerning the public, if it were to happen, within a year most of the public will not care either way. It is the same for first timers at nudist resorts (I've been to at least 6-8). The first day or two they are nervous and sometimes red-faced but eventually they relax and it means nothing to them. I have hiked the Chugach Mountains in Alaska, above Anchorage, in the summer, nude, and have come across other hikers who either had no reaction, just a simple hello, and others who were surprised to find out it wasn't illegal and stripped down. It's all a state of mind and religion has inculcated the masses with the idea of nudity is a sin. It'll take time but eventually, it will happen but not soon enough for me.
No, it should not be. Just because you want to be naked all the time (which I'm not against), there are many out there who would be uncomfortable about seeing it and others who would be outright hateful and hurtful!
It's for your own safety that so far, full public nudity is still illegal.
There is however, at least one State that I know of, New York, which allows women to appear topless in public.
Legalising public nudity would not necessarily result in there being large numbers of naked people about. Physical comfort, protection (however limited) from pervs and other matters reflected in other posts would result in most people keeping their clothes on, most of the time. Perhaps it matters more that making it legal stops it from being 'illegal', which may sound daft but isn't. The big issue for me is the concept that the body/particular parts of the body 'must be covered' (by law) and that failure to do so results in an offence against 'public decency'. Thus the law enshrines the idea that merely having a part of one's anatomy visible is indecent, and that makes no sense to me, morally, ethically or otherwise.
For public nudity to become significant we would have to tackle the huge issues that exist within the status quo -- the dubious role of the fashion, cosmetic and other industries, the utilisation of the body - particularly the female body - as a tool for selling product, including where the primary action is to seek to make people uncomfortable with their bodies in order that they will buy something they do not need. Recently, a rather lovely model was savaged online because she posed with her arms and legs unshaved, a Middle Eastern woman shamed and threatened because she was photographed in denim shorts, I think it was, and a tee shirt. We have not yet begun to treat the mindset that too easily and often asserts 'she was asking for it', and we need to.
I'm all about freedom but I see people all over the place that I do not want to see naked. But that doesn't mean I'm going to start body shaming anyone, I just don't want to see them naked. If public nudity was legal then that would be forcing people to look at nakedness that they don't want to see. I think that is wrong. Just like we want religious people to keep there religion out of the way and don't force it on people I believe the same goes for nudity. People shouldn't be forced to view nakedness and they shouldn't be forced to hear preaching.
Just at we are all born atheists, so we are all born nudists. Nudity should be legal and without penalty. I agree with the statement above that if a person is using it for sexual arousal it should be completely normalized. I think it would take some time for the general public to accept nudity as acceptable, but once it is accepted things would be fine. We are all naked under our clothes and the sooner we just accept the human body as acceptable, the sooner it would be normalized. I think that clothing creates a certain type of its own eroticism that wouldn't exist if nudism was acceptable. I remember the excitement of first discovering someone's body under her clothes led to the notion that if I was under her clothing that moving into sexual behavior was part of the package. If nudity was accepted then the boundaries about sexuality could be more normalized so that nudity did not mean automatically that sex was automatically Ok. If we were all naked the curiosity factor would be taken away and sexuality would be looked at in a healthier light, too.
Apparently the ancient greeks and other concurrent societies were quite openly naked in public especially during sporting and similar public events, much to the horror of the jewish peoples of the time. And it seems that the Abrahamic religions, Jewish, Moslem, and Christian have put their stamp on public morals ever since. It should be completely legal, and completely up to the individual as to when and where they exercise their right to nudity. There is a huge difference between legal, and compulsory.
It should be illegal, but only in America. It is clear Americans hold such an adolescent mindset and are still too close to their puritanical roots to deal with things like naked people. The top five things that would happen the day after nudity was legalized in the U.S.A.: 1) half the people would file sexual harassment claims and lawyer-up. 2)There would be a sudden resurgence in nineteenth century style "fainting couches". 3) Traumatized Evangelicals would form victim support groups all over the country. 4) Pubic sculpting boutiques on every corner. 5) Those wipe dispensers you find by the carts at the front of the grocery store would be hung at the end of each pew. And a special bonus result: There would be a secret service agent holding the first place in line for his boss at the Genital Enhancement Prosthetic shop.
With perhaps designated 'clothing required' zones, where nudity is not allowed. For those who want to relax in a totally clothed environment.
I doubt it would make much difference, for the most part. Any time you are wearing a jacket, you are clothing for warmth, (or pockets) and you'd still do that.
In a perfect world, or even a more tolerant one. Not merely religious but current social standards come into play (though those are largely affected by religion).
In most American public situations, men would be seen as perverts or predators, women as vain or "asking for it".
I'm a naturist at heart and visited several naturist resorts throughout Florida when I was "snowbirding" there. The sense of freedom and community was wonderful!