Naturism is a lifestyle of non-sexual nudity , and the cultural movement which advocates for and defends that lifestyle. Both may also be referred to as nudism. Though the two terms are largely interchangeable, nudism emphasizes the practice of nudity, whereas naturism highlights an attitude favoring harmony with nature and respect for the environment, into which that practice is integrated. Naturism may be practiced individually, within a familial or social context, or in public. Ethical or philosophical nudism has a long history, with many advocates of the benefits of enjoying nature without clothing. At the turn of the 20th century, organizations emerged to promote social nudity and to establish private campgrounds and resorts for that purpose.
Nudism and Nudity
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Adamski, a police officer in Berlin who investigates organized crime, first started going to a nudist camp at a lake outside Berlin after he met his wife, whose family owned a cabin there. One weekend, when he had just about gotten used to stripping in front of his in-laws, he bumped into the highest-ranking colonel in his precinct — who promptly challenged him to a game of table tennis. Adamski said as he prepared to join a triathlon where the swimming and running portions of the race were naked. Germans love to get naked. They have been getting naked in public for over a hundred years, when early naturists rebelled against the grime of industrialization and then the mass slaughter of World War I. Nearly years later, entire stretches of German waterfronts are designated as nudist beaches. There is a nudist hiking trail.
A Very German Idea of Freedom: Nude Ping-Pong, Nude Sledding, Nude Just About Anything
Skip navigation! Story from Body. Popular representations of nudism reduce it to a hippie-dippy lifestyle or something purely sexual. But, as many nudists can attest, these depictions aren't always right.
Nudity is a state of being in which a human is not wearing clothing or specifically is not covering the genitals. Worldwide, current social norms vary from banning nudity except in complete privacy to the acceptance of public nudity as a natural human state. Nakedness , or the loss of body fur, was one of the physical characteristics that marked the biological evolution of modern humans from their hominini ancestors. Adaptations related to hairlessness contributed to the increase in brain size, bipedalism , and the variation in human skin color. Although often used interchangeably, "naked" and "nude" are also used to distinguish between the various meanings of being unclothed.