205 Arguments and Observations
In Support of Chaste Social Nudity
Extensively documented with quotes, references,
supporting research, and resources for further study
Compiled by K. Bacher
THE UNITED STATES LAGS FAR BEHIND most of the rest of Western Civilization in its negative attitude
toward the human body. While most of Europe is comfortable with the concept of nude recreation on beaches and in
vacation resorts, here in the U.S., conservative political action groups seek to criminalize even the most innocent
exposure of the human body. Often these groups gain support by purporting to defend "family values" or "Christian
Although these groups are growing in political power, they represent only a small portion of the American
population. And participation in nude recreation is also growing. More and more Americans are discovering the
pleasures of skinny-dipping with their families in the local reservoir, or sunbathing in the buff at the local beach.
Membership in nudist organizations is growing by leaps and bounds.
More than ever, Naturists need powerful arguments to defend their chosen lifestyle against those who
cannot see beyond their own misconceptions and preconceived notions. We need evidence and testimony to
encourage others to give Naturism a try. For several years, I found myself making claims like these:
- "Actually, Mom, taking the kids to a nudist park is good for them."
- "The ideals of Naturism are consistent with the goals of women's rights."
- "A lot of famous people don't think skinnydipping's such a bad thing."
- "There's nothing in the Bible that says it's wrong to go nude."
- "Naturism has some real psychological benefits."
- "Not everyone in the world thinks nudity is so bad, you know."
I knew that these statements were true, but when pressed, I could not back them up with concrete
references. And so, this project was born. Here are all the arguments in support of Naturism, backed up by up-to-date
scientific research and supported by the writings of leading thinkers in psychology, sociology, history, law, and
philosophy. Here also you will find related musings on subjects including modesty, nudity in art, the history of
fashion, women's rights, the benefits of breast-feeding, and the psychology of clothing.
This compilation draws on sources including nudist and mainstream publications, scholarly research, and
my own thought. Some arguments are stronger than others. Taken as a whole, I think they make a compelling case
in favor of Naturism. They support a perspective that sees the human body as complete and good in and of itself,
regardless of how--or whether--it is adorned. They support an honest, open, and accepting attitude toward the human
body, a perspective that is physically, mentally, and spiritually healing, socially constructive, and thoroughly
This compilation is by no means complete or comprehensive. All ideas, suggestions, comments,
corrections, additions, references, and insights are welcome! Many of these quotes and ideas are taken from other
sources or excerpted from larger works. An extensive bibliography and endnotes are included at the end of the
document, and I strongly encourage anyone who is interested to refer to the original sources for more information.
These ideas should be shared freely. Every mother concerned about "family values" should know about the
extensive scientific research demonstrating the positive benefits of nudism for children. Every woman concerned
about pornography should know how strongly the philosophy and practice of Naturism repudiates the objectification
of women's bodies. Every lawmaker concerned about honoring the original intent of our nation's founders should
know that many of them were unabashed skinnydippers. Christians concerned about upholding sexual morality
should know that the earliest Church leaders accepted nudity as a natural part of life, and not in the least inconsistent
with the teachings of Christ. The world-weary businessman in his urban office and three-piece suit should know
how relaxing and therapeutic a weekend at a nudist park can be. The mother on the beach with sand in her
swimming suit should know that there are places in the world where she may enjoy the feeling of sun and water on
her body without attracting unwanted attention.
It is my hope that this document may help you to share this good news, and to speak articulately about the
native goodness of the human body in its natural state.