Sunday Reads: Nudists seen as carefree, and quarrelsome

It’s confirmed now: nudism/naturism is one of the keys to happiness and well-being.

That’s the conclusion of a study by scientists on the psychological effects of nudism, according to an article on the Irish Independent site and others.

They confirmed what every naturist knows: People in public nudism settings experience “immediate and significant improvements in body-image, self-esteem and life satisfaction.”

Says the report: “Analysis of the data suggested that seeing other people naked was more important than being naked yourself. . . . Naturism may offer a low-cost and simple solution to body dissatisfaction.”

BBC news reader Victoria Graham picked up on the theme and, apparently, caused quite a stir when she posted on Twitter a “naked” head and shoulders shot of herself behind the mike in the studio, along with this:

Reports the Daily Mail: “(It) was enough to titillate the internet, prompting a raft of suggestive comments to the TV anchor, who returned to BBC Spotlight in 2015 after a two-year break.”

From what I can see, they are still going on about it on Twitter.

But all is not happiness and well-being in the world of naturism, apparently.

Amid accusations of “wasteful spending and nepotism,” Britain’s official naturism body is threatening to pull out of the International Naturism Federation (INF), the Telegraph is reporting.

Britain is demanding that Sieglinde Ivo step down from her post as president of the INF. Ivo is accused of not doing enough to promote the benefits of naturism, spending too much to move the INF’s offices closer to her hometown, and staffing the office with members of her family.

Of course, regular readers here know that nudists are hardly a united bunch. See two recent posts here: Double standards within the social nudism community; and Full-frontal nudity in pictures.

All in all, plenty of interesting reading about social nudism/naturism on such a winter’s day . . .

Happy Sunday, everyone!

About Sunday Reads posts: This is a weekly feature giving us all a chance to point to an article or two or three that we found interesting in the preceding week, or the morning of. They can be offbeat, humorous, weighty commentary, whatever. So, if you have any recommendations, please point to them in the readers’ comments section below.

— Jillian

Photo: Families swim at naturist camping spot Monts de Bussy, Haute-Vienne, France. (Photo: Alain Tanguay/Wikipedia)

6 thoughts on “Sunday Reads: Nudists seen as carefree, and quarrelsome

  1. There certainly is discord in the nudist/naturist community. I see it at various resorts and clubs I visit. Sometimes it’s evident in the running of these places, the members disagree with how things should be done, how much fees should be and other finances, what the rules should be, general bickering amongst different personalities, etc. Some disagreements are strong enough that people leave and search for another place to become members. Not really unlike lots of other organizations in the non-nudist world.

    Honestly, I don’t always find nudists to be the most open-minded people, these days. It may be that the vast majority of nudists today are not all that young, and sometimes with age comes less flexibility of mind. I’m probably moving that way more and more myself. Libertarianism has seemed a way of thinking which went along with nudism in the past, as a, “live and let live,” attitude. But today I find quite a few who’s brand of libertarianism is more of the, “I’ll do as I please, and everyone else just has to live with that,” sort, not just in nudism, but in most of their lifestyle. So, this naturally doesn’t lead to the most harmonious relations with others.

    And, there is the larger discussion about the future of nudism. AANR in the States has had disagreements with some of the largest resorts who, in an attempt to attract a younger crowd (and maybe swingers,) have hosted more risque activities like lingerie shows and wet t-shirt contests, which are not in keeping with AANR guidelines. Some resorts have decided to give up their AANR membership rather than cease these activities, which have been financially beneficial, at least in the short-term.


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