I think society is so concerned about the nudism lifestyle because it believes that nudists or naturalists love to go nude without concern for other people’s feelings. People might feel that nudist or naturalist will push their beliefs on other people and then the entire society would go nude or natural. Moreover, it is possible that society is against the nudism lifestyle because it equates nudism with sex and sexuality. This connection might harbor the value that people who follow the nudism lifestyle also have a lot of indiscriminate sex which could lead to many sexually diseases such as A.I.D.S. However, believing that nudists or naturalist will promote sex with anyone at anytime is an example of a stereotype.
Stereotypes can and often do lead to prejudice. Moreover, when society views a group of people that doesn’t follow what it feels is the norm in the society than prejudice soon will be attracted to a particular group. Prejudice seems to be attracted to both to homosexuals and nudists or naturalists. However, before making any judgments concerning nudism or naturalist and their lifestyle there are things that people need to understand. There are many people who are nudist or naturalists that we may not be aware of because they do choose to be nude only in the privacy of their own homes or in other places where nudity is allowed such as a variety of clothing optional or nude beaches such as the Red, White, and Blue beach, Black’s beach, and Montalivet beach. The former nude beaches are located in the United States, specifically in California and the latter nude beach is located in France. I think that there are more clothing optional or nude beaches internationally throughout Europe and Australia because Europeans and other people are more comfortable with their sexuality and nudity than most Americans.
In dealing with the nudism lifestyle society must remember that nudism is not a new phenomenon. Being nude is fun and healthy. After all we are all born nudists Nudism promotes body acceptance, self-confidence, and freedom. We must remember that education is a very good tool. Therefore, before society condemns the nudism lifestyle it should encourage people to learn about it if they wish. In fact, there are some very good websites that explain and provide many benefits of the nudism lifestyle. In addition, there is an organization called the Naturalist Society.