Home Alone Naturism / Nudism

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Painting by Mary Bassett @MaryBassettArt

Some people choose to be home alone naturists / nudists whilst others are forced to be out of necessity where public nudity is taboo or frowned upon. On occasions people lack confidence and try nudity in a safe space which allows those first tentative steps.  However even in cultures where public nudity is permitted in principle, England for example, the vagaries of English law mean that cases have been brought against naturists who are nude on their own property or in some instances, in their own houses behind closed doors!

Malcolm Boura spent over a decade working and advising British Naturism as their Campaigns Manager and has extensive knowledge of the law and it’s application to public nudity and through association, naturists.  This page has more information about the organisation’s role in campaigning to preserve the rights of naturists in the UK, including handy downloads with legal guidance for naturists in England and Wales and Scotland.

On a personal level, many naturists/nudists find it hard to enjoy a clothes-free lifestyle in their own homes, whether due to opposition from friends or family or their living circumstances.  I have tenants for example who I get on very well with and whilst it’s no secret I’m a naturist, out of respect to them I choose not to be naturist in my own home. That said, when the weather (rarely) is scorching, I’ve been known to venture outside and sunbathe despite the fact my garden is very overlooked.  It’s a sad admission but were I male I doubt I would since the male nude is somehow considered threatening by many in our culture in art, photography and society in general.

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I received a message recently asking about naturist friendly accommodation in London via Naturist London which made me dwell on my own situation.  At the moment I’m perfectly comfortable not being nude, it’s too damn cold but in the summer when it’s particularly hot, there are times when it can feel a bit restricting having to remain clothed.

One very useful site Naturist Accommodation UK  “is for people who are offering or looking for bed and breakfast, self-catering, lettings, flat or house shares or other accommodation in an environment that enables social nudity or is clothing-optional.”  If you’re on twitter, you can Follow Naturist Accommodation UK  for updates @nacouk.

When I finally retire I’m likely to move and one of my main considerations will be the privacy a garden affords.  Many naturists choose to practice their naturism where they feel comfortable.  The same applies when I’m hiking naked with friends.  It doesn’t take long to get into the wilds and it doesn’t take long to fling some clothes on to save confrontation or test the definitions of alarm or distress.   Here’s the CPS page on nudity in public20150925_1401131

I’ve got five years before my exit strategy kicks in and after that I’m still not sure where life will take me but the requirements might include sunshine as well as the ability to skip around my garden naked.

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8 thoughts on “Home Alone Naturism / Nudism

  1. Dear Emma Thank you for your post being a single man I have to be careful in naturism however I try to love care respect all so i go on last year I went to a lovely spa in Birmingham what a treat..Clover Spa.Lovely staff and people..Wonderful.Regards Frederick

  2. Nice post, Emma – and a classic example of the Gordian knot! There you are continuously – not to say heroically – furthering the naturist cause and constantly pushing against the boundaries and yet, in your own home, you choose to stay dressed out of respect for your tenants.

    Winter temperatures aside, I admire your forbearance.

    It’s interesting that it tends to be us naturists who are expected to show respect to visitors, tenants, family etc. but what, one asks, about us naturists being shown a little bit of respect for our chosen lifestyle in return?

    I know, I know, there’s the ideal world and then there’s the real world. While I have become increasingly assertive over the years about being naked in my own home, there are nonetheless a couple of regular visitors who have such deep-rooted issues with nudity – in general, not just mine – that I relent and get dressed. (Perhaps I should wear just a mankini in those situations – nudity would swiftly become much the more attractive option…)

    So I understand full well how we are frequently made to feel that we should be the ones to compromise. But wouldn’t it be just wonderful if naturists, like all other minorities, could come to expect a fundamental level of respect as a given. As opposed to the default position of ridicule that we have to endure.

    Thank goodness we have flag bearers like you, Emma, prepared to shout the message from the rooftops. Your continued enthusiasm, commitment and energy are remarkable – long may you continue – even if you do eventually manage to find your own personal Eden in warmer climes!

    • What a lovely post thank you. It did make me smile, especially the mankini comment but yes fundamentally it all boils down to respect, one which we invariably afford but are not always met with in return. I sense a shift in attitude, here’s hoping it’s positively pervasive

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