I like to think in shades. If my opinion was a colour, it would be a pastel rainbow. There are so many variables to consider in this era of enlightenment, equality and education. Nothing is black and white anymore, literally and metaphorically.
We are being asked to accept gender-neutral policies, with all its restrictions on language, so that we can, as a society, better accept other people’s attitudes and behaviours. Well then- I think it is about time we looked at our attitude to nudity, from both the nudist and the non-nudist perspective. This would mean that nudists could have legitimacy and acceptance, and in turn, accept different shades of nude.
We allow the immersion of violence and sex to our youth, yet we either baulk or giggle at a naked body full frontal. We continually shun the idea of nudity. Must we always be clothed because we can’t trust our banal instincts? Why is it so hard to accept the pleforia of the human shape? Is it body image? Is it conditioning for our so-called best interest?
Why must we be either totally nude or totally clothed? Going to a nudist joint for the first time is crazy hard for many of us. One minute you are dressed, next you are almost bullied into taking your clothes off or you can’t stay.
Imagine if there was more acceptance in the nudist community for people who may wish to stay clothed, or partly clothed. It would be understood that there are reasons for your level of comfort. It may be that some of us have body issues, and quite possibly for good medical reason! Or maybe we had a strict up-bringing and been taught to believe that we are all dirty sinners. Some of us have our own attitude that our private parts are not for general viewing. Often we have a partner who loves nude lifestyle. There are practical reasons too- we may feel comfortable with our boobs supported, or our skin protected from the sun.
And non-nudist, just a heads up. Yes, that’s right – head’s up! Keep eye contact, and you won’t get that ogling behavior that goes with the thought “OMG, where do I look?” Just look at the face of the person you are talking to, simple really..
Your choice. Always your choice…
(Site 1 campsite -named “Tru-Blu” is reserved for you – a large campsite for a 5th wheeler, large caravan or camper-trailer with plenty of sun, and some great river views with breezes. No fixed fireplace because of the breezes.)
The committed nudist could not give a freaking crap who sees them nude. They have no negative body image, no cares about what others think, and tend to be most confident when baring it all. Therefore, you can be sure that a large population of committed nudists will be over 40 years old. Teenagers are way too self-conscious, 20 and 30-year old’s have far too many body issues.
Often the committed nudist will shave their most private part of the body. Age is no barrier to this exercise. Many over-60’s have shaved genitals. However, it is unlikely that very large bodies are included in this group. Mostly, these nudists are quite proud of their body shape. If not, as I said before, it is because they really don’t care what other people think.
This nudist has a beautiful all over tan, taking every opportunity to work on that tan. Even the fair-skinned variety knows that you can get a great tan from staying in the shade. When at home, their adult children will despair about mum & dad going nude, and how embarrassing it is for them. Often a long-term traveler, this nude nomad will have a big rig or a set-up that requires a fair bit of space. They will have everything they need at their fingertips because they have been doing this for years, and have perfected the lifestyle. Their self-sufficiency means that they rely on the sun to power up most of their gadgets. Because of this, they provide their own shade where necessary. They love to socialize, enjoying the 4 o’clock happy hour with other nudists. They love to be part of a nudist club, and will mostly know everyone who travels between nudist resorts and clubs around Australia. This is as important to them as golf, tennis or gym.
Transcending all barriers – by laying it bae.
(Site 2 campsite – named “Fireflies” is reserved for you – a medium -sized campsite for a motorhome or campervan with a secluded all day shady picnic area- table and chairs-tucked in amongst trees. A fire pit and wood is provided. Glimpses of the river. Fireflies are often seen at this campsite)
This nudist has a lot of experience in nudity but is highly respectful of others. They do not wish others to feel uncomfortable in front of them, nor do they wish to feel uncomfortable. It does matter to them what other people think and they will often have disapproving, close family members.
The all-over tan is important to the sensitive nudist, who tends to be pleased by their youthful look and body shape. Here is the hard-working, career-minded, adventurous nature lover, loving the change of habitat and culture. Therefore, this nudist is not a grey nomad, more likely a young to middle-aged blue-collar worker who spends 90% of their time in an office or building.
Feeling free to be naked, taking long bush walks, soaking up the sun even in the shade, bathing in the shallows of the river, delighting at the sight of a lungfish, turtle or platypus, loving the bird life and enjoying a meal cooked over the firepit are some of the activities enjoyed.
Having a social time is also important to this variety of nudist. Meeting people of the same inclinations reassure the sensitive ones and renews their conviction toward nakedness as a way of life. The sensitive nudist, though, will deploy strategies around new people, or people they feel uncomfortable being nude with. For example, they may stand behind a chair, wear a t-shirt, or throw sarong over parts of the body.
The committed nudist is where they are headed, loving the shared stories around happy hour, and want the feeling of ease around others in birthday suits. We call them the new hippy – ‘Gypsy”.
Breaking down barriers - by laying it bare.
(Site 3 campsite – named “Treetops” is reserved for you – a smaller campsite for a car and tent- a separated nudist area with a marquee for added privacy and shade. Sprinkler set up. Gully views. Tucked away in treetops. Not much breeze. Afternoon shade.)
The Shy Nudist will go nude in solitary circumstances, or with a partner when they are feeling safe in their environment. Feeling safe is the key factor in continuing the habit. They would love to go nude more often but don’t often get the chance for whatever reason. So having not much practice at it, and very little opportunity to share nudity among other nudists, they are acutely aware of their own vulnerability at being nude in front of strangers.
A seasoned nudist will forget that are textile free; not so with the shy nudist. It is always forefront in their minds. Practicing nudity is the only way out of this feeling of self-consciousness. The more often it is done, the easier it becomes, especially when surrounded by like-minded people.
This nudist is aware of their footprint on the environment, seeking to neutralize it. They will justify their enjoyment of nakedness by suggesting it is helping the environment – less plastic clothing, less waste, fewer toxins, fewer detergents.
There is no set body shape or age to this type of nudist because what holds them back is often the culture and thinking of how they have been brought up, and their inability to overcome it. Many times, it is the partner who has convinced them to try it out. Not surprisingly, they remain detached from the social group at Happy Hour.
Crossing the lines- by laying it bare.
They even have a name – Nude Nomads! They are a select group of over 55’s who travel in their self-contained campers, caravans, and motorhomes. Some have homes and families to go back to, some have sold up and live the nomadic life continually, and some just want to get away with the van for a weekend or two. But they all have one thing in common – they like to get their rocks off.
In a world where TV, video games, and movies are filled with violence and sex, we still have this taboo relationship with nudity itself. Ironically, we can view the simulation of sex, but a full frontal, particularly of a male? Not often seen (well, maybe in French films). People automatically associate nudist places with perverts and pedophiles. And you will see them at the beach from time to time, having a perve. Very unsettling.
What if you could offer people a safe place to experience nudity in all its glory? A place where everyone keeps their eyes level with the face. A place where you can feel safe and comfortable to be everything that you are.
And so, why is nudity becoming so popular with the older travelers? Here are 6 ideas:
Do yourself a favour before you leave this world – try nudity out during a hot spell. You will be cooler, more comfortable, without a care in the world. Honestly, you will even forget that you are baring all.
My heart was beating fast, my mind was whirling with questions and my emotions were at an all-time high. It was 1996 and I was driving my friend and her sister to Byron Bay. They had chosen the accommodation - a nudist community- and as we approach Byron, they decide to tell me where we will be staying.
I'm not pretty, and I have body issues like everyone else. Aside from that, I don't like being railroaded. So my first experience with nudity was tumultuous. I was angry that I was not given a choice. I didn't like the rule of 'no clothes allowed'. I didn't like that it was sprung on me without my agreement. I point blank refused to take my clothes off (a sarong) and wore it in the sea as well. The first day, I was frowned upon, but when the commune realised that I was no pervert, they accepted me well enough. Besides, how much can you hide of your body in a skimpy sarong, wet and clinging to your every roll!
But I did discover that I didn't care a fig if you wore clothes or not. I still partied with these lovely hippies into the night, and swam at their private nudist beach during the day. I realised that nudity is a great equaliser. Body image, ego, all out the door. Your attention is wholly on the face, the eyes, the words, the personality.
I have forgiven my friend for her cheeky prank. It was that experience that showed me the benefits of being nude. Connotations of sexual activity and perversity exist in the dirty minds of those who propagate them.
As I get older, I feel so much more comfortable in my own skin. I have less washing, I buy fewer clothes, contribute less to the plastic problems in the sea (so much textile is plastic), use less water, and get a great all-over tan. I don't set out to flaunt it around others, but to be honest, sometimes I simply forget that I am not wearing anything.
Moral of this story? If you are coming by for a visit, make sure you call me first or you might just get an eye full!