A Nudist's Personal Privacy.

 To put things into a quick perspective: I'm a relative newcomer to social nudism. I've been a closet nudist all my life, and lived in your average New Zealand household/city. I view social nudism as a sub-culture to the prevailing culture of the area/country to which the social nudists belong.

Within this sub-culture community of social nudists I am very interested in observing the concept of personal privacy. We don't have the same concept of personal privacy as the textiles.

For Textiles, the overall concept of personal privacy has a modesty to immodesty ratio that heavily leans toward modesty - from our point of view. Our overall concept of personal privacy heavily leans toward immodesty - from their point of view. Theirs and our limits of personal privacy are in different locations. For us the nude is no longer a private item. It's public – within our community. Our immodesty has limits, however. I'm interested in finding where those limits, both for myself and for the established community.

I remember being on my first visit of the local club, and getting the tour around the grounds. I was surprised at finding that the showers were unisex and open-plan. Thinking back it all makes sense, but back then I was coming from a point of view of a just-coming-out closet nudist (essentially a textile). Textiles see showering as somewhat toilet-orientated. I think most nudist do not. Some of us are just not comfortable about washing all their bits and bums with others. Those areas need a concentrated effort if it's going to be done properly. I'm now comfortable giving the areas a quick once-over. Everyone's got bits and bums after all.

Dressing and undressing is inherently 'Textile'. Us doing it communally makes our undergarments less modesty items than just practical clothing items for warmth.  Most of use will just put on or take off at will, without the need of some privacy to do so. Textile street fashions – particularly womens' fashion – are moving toward being less modest. Over the years pants have been worn lower to show off the underwear underneath. Tops are more transparent, showing bras and camisoles underneath. Skirts are designed in such a way that the they are easily blown up by the wind. There is a slow trend to being less modest and more – in a way - nudist.

I give it 50 years and New Zealand will be a social nudist country. Our personal privacy will extend to having unisex open-plan showers at the local swimming pool. I hope I can see the years out until then.

 Written and Illustrated by Al McAldy.

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  • Steve & Sue G.
    Steve & Sue G. I think we lost something here,, I was actually getting into this, and I his more and there isn't anything more.. Boo,, my type of reading.
    January 26, 2013
  • Terry M
    Terry M Go to the article itself and the whole thing is there!
    January 27, 2013 - 1 likes this
  • Steve & Sue G.
    Steve & Sue G. I like the artical, thanks for the point, very interesting, and very to the point. I find it still interesting especially here in the USA how anti-nude the law is yet as you state the dress is more and more liberal to show. I also am under the confirm bel...  more
    January 27, 2013 - 1 likes this