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Favorite Web Sites

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Naturist/Nudist SIGs

Naturist/Nudist Slogans & Taglines

Nakedness and Nature

NNN: The Nakedness, Nudity, and Naturism List

Books on Nudity and Nakedness

Body Painting

The Weekly Nudesletter

Quotations on Nakedness and Nudity

How to Get Started Being Naked

Young Adults and Naturism

Women's Issues with Nudity

A Letter to Wives From a Nudist Spouse

15 Top Reasons to be Naked

Naturism and Hot Springs

Clothes-Freedom at the Burning Man Festival

First Time Experiences with Nakedness

Learning to be Naked

Humanistic Naturism

Nudity in Science Fiction

Clothing Optional Reading

Organized Nudity

Disorganized Nudity

Naturist Guestbook Directory

Nakedness and the Finnish Sauna

Nudity in Ancient Greece

403: Forbidden - Naturism

Naturist/Nudist Events Calendar - 1999


Comprehensive Naturist/nudist Site List

Where to be Naked in the U. S.

Where to be Naked in Canada

Where to be Naked in the World

Other Sites that Link Here

What the heck is this? A whole bunch of pages about people who actually go around with no clothes on, just totally naked?

Yes.

Why?

Because. Well, you'd really have to try it to understand. Something you might be reluctant to do. So, maybe there's something here that will provide some hints. Some things to think about, anyhow.

Featured pages

Favorite Naturist, Nudist, and Clothing-optional Web Sites

At one time the objective was to provide a list of every worthwhile site or page on the Web that dealt with general, nonsexual nudity. Now there are far too many sites to make that goal practical. Besides, with so many sites, it becomes impossible without assistance to find the best ones. This page aims to provide that assistance.

Naturist Media Reviews

Looking for the best quality books, videos, DVDs or other types of media related to nudity and naturism? This guide will try to help.

Naturist/Nudist Special Interest Groups

Nudity is wonderful and all that, but it isn't everything in life! Just like anyone else, people who enjoy nudity have many diverse interests. It might be fun to participate in one's other hobbies and recreational interests without having to wear clothes, and in a group where everyone else also enjoys nudity.

Naturist/Nudist Slogans & Taglines

Make a public statement about your approval and support of nudity! Want to let everyone know in a (not so) subtle way you like nudity? Want to advertise your nudity-positive lifestyle? Want to start a conversation or find others of a similar inclination? Here are some slogans you can use on email, buttons, T-shirts, signs, and bumper stickers.

Nakedness and Nature

We say "nakedness is natural", but have we begun to think through all that means? In addition to a short essay, some illuminating quotes and a little poetry, this page now has links to a number of talented photographers who have sensitively interpreted ideas about nudity in nature.

NNN: The Nakedness, Nudity, and Naturism List

Want to talk about the subject with others like yourself who range from the interested but inexperienced to those who've been going naked all their lives? This email discussion list is the place. Proper naturist etiquette is observed (except you don't need to have a towel), and there's no picture trading, but other than that, common sense rules.

Books on Nakedness and Nudity

Are you ready for a lot more information on clothes freedom? Would you be interested in guide books to places you can be naked, studies of the history and beliefs of naturism and nudism, or books dealing with the psychology, sociology, and anthropology of nudity? How about books that analyze and exhibit the treatment of nudity in photography and art? If so, then here's where you can learn all about what's available - and purchase them if you wish.

Body Painting

Body painting is the art form most appropriate for naturists. It's a form of expression used by people who like to be naked to communicate feelings and ideas about the human body by using the body itself as the canvas.

The Weekly Nudesletter

Here's an edited, weekly (sometimes) newsletter all about non-sexual nudity. This subject is now moving so rapidly, and receives so little coverage from the usual "mainstream" news sources, that a newsletter like this is the only way to keep up.

Yes, new editions are not currently being published. But keep checking. We haven't given up.

Quotations on nakedness and nudity

Do you think that it's a weird aberration to question the unqualified need for wearing clothes? Then have a look at some quotations from respected voices from the past: people like Montaigne, John Donne, Michaelangelo, Khalil Gibran, Martha Graham, Katherine Mansfield, and others. (You'll find a lot of other food for thought as well on this page of quotations.)

More about nudity...

It's customary, in our (North American) culture at the present time, to give little thought to nudity as a subject for serious discussion. If it's thought of at all, it is considered only with embarrassment and the predisposition to suppose anyone who does take it seriously is a bit eccentric, weird, or worse. But what if, just out of curiosity, we do suspend these attitudes temporarily. We might learn something.

For those with a sense of possible growth, exploration, or adventure, then, here are a few more things to think about.

How to Get Started Being Naked

Is this just a case of trying to explain the obvious?

Young Adults and Naturism

Why young people should become more involved with clothes-freedom and social nudity. How they can learn more to become involved.

Women's Issues with Nudity

This page discusses a few issues that arise for women in regard to nakedness, both organized and disorganized. The discussion is intended to be of equal interest to men and women.

A Letter to Wives From a Nudist Spouse

This is a classic -- a nudist wife writes to reassure any concerned woman who's husband has become interested in nudism.

15 Top Reasons to be Naked

A list created by a young member of the Federation of Canadian Naturists, especially from a young person's point of view.

Naturism and Hot Springs

Natural geothermal hot springs are an excellent alternative to beaches if you want to enjoy nudity in the outdoors, especially if you live in the western U. S.

Clothes-Freedom at the Burning Man Festival

The Burning Man Festival is a celebration of art and imagination in which everyone who attends is part of the entertainment. It's a unique experiment with a society in which clothing really is optional.

First Time Experiences with Nakedness

Links to external pages that provide "first time" stories about discovering the pleasures of nudity.

Learning to be Naked

Readers write to tell their own stories of how they learned to enjoy nudity.

Humanistic Naturism

About the synergy between clothes-freedom and a humanistic view of the world.

Nudity in Science Fiction

A society where people can be naked in many common situations seems like it would be so different from what we know that it's almost like science fiction. In fact, the job of science fiction and fantasy writers is to envision alternative realities that are still plausible. And so much the better if thinking about them helps us understand everyday experience as it "really" is - or could be. Is it surprising then that science fiction has often dealt with people, and even societies, that have learned to dispense with clothes, at least on occasion?

Clothing Optional Readings

In most contemporary societies, nakedness is a topic that is even more taboo than sex. Thousands of books every year portray sex or examine it in excruciating detail. Only a handful deal with nakedness for its own sake in an approving way, or even mention it except in connection with sex. Here are a few of them.

Organized nudity

There are organizations for people who like to be naked. With offices and mailing lists and lobbyists. They take nudity seriously. Read about them here.

Disorganized nudity

You don't need to join an organization, of course. It's quite possible to be naked at home, without any lessons or practice at all. Just take your clothes off. Many people do. And then they put up Web pages to tell about it. Perhaps one of those pages is how you happened to get here in the first place.

Read here about nudity as a normal part of life for some people. You might be rather surprised at how easily nakedness is compatible with everyday life.

Naturist Guestbook Directory

Reading naturist/nudist Web site guest books is an interesting way to learn about other clothes-free Web surfers. Signing the guest books is an easy way to let others find out about you.

Nakedness and the Finnish Sauna

Visit Finland and (or) try a sauna - naked of course. Learn something about another culture where social nudity, in one particular context, is not merely accepted, but usually expected.

Nudity in Ancient Greece

The recent Olympics have reminded many that nudity was common and accepted in certain contexts in advanced societies other than our own. This page discusses nudity in ancient Greek society.

403: Forbidden - Naturism

This is an article I wrote for (the now defunct) Internet Underground magazine for June 1997. If you know little or nothing about naturism, it gives an overview that isn't too bad.

Nakedness elsewhere...

Are you ready to find out more about being naked, not just seeing others naked? Why should someone else have all the fun? Here are places to start.

World-Wide Naturism - Comprehensive Directory of Naturist Links

As far as I can tell, this is the largest list around - more than 1200 links. Tell me if you know any quality pages or sites that I've missed. Ths lists is organized into many categories, so it isn't too hard to find things.

If you just want to find a place to be naked, the lists of links to naturist organizations and places are now organized geographically.

Reciprocal Links Page

These are the nudist/naturist pages that link here. If you want to meet a diversity of other people who like to be naked, this is a good place to start. If have your own n/n page and want to trade links, just let me know.

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