By Vadim Mzhavanadze
In my first article
devoted to nudity and our attitude to it I outlined the circle of
questions which are worthy to be discussed to make position of
naturists clearer and firmer.
I would like to present to
the readers of “H&E” some thoughts that might be interesting to all
naturists and draw their attention to the existing problems.
November 1998 a special event took place on the Ukrainian TV:
Michael Veresen, a talented journalist and presenter of a programmer
“Taboo”, invited the President of the Kiev Community of Naturists (www.naturism.kiev.ua),
Andrew Litovchenko, to take part in the evening devoted to
discussion of the question of social nudity.
Probably for the first time
the Ukrainian TV viewers had an opportunity to be introduced to the
world of naturism about which they definitely knew next to nothing.
At the same time the naturists got an exclusive opportunity to tell
the broad audience about their principles and ideas.
To me it was not just an
ordinary clash between people of different mentality and way of
life. It was not the show for the sake of a show , on the contrary :
the discussion between naturists and non-naturists showed that
“sharp” questions are waiting for their answers and nobody can brush
What are the reasons to
wear clothes when we obviously do not need them ?
Does our naked body
“demand” some protection in the form of swimming suit?
And “why”, if “yes” ?
If you ask people about
this, you will hear the widest spectrum of opinions : “Being nude, I
feel vulnerable”, “Nudity makes me think I am doing something
wrong”, “We used to wear clothes”, “I am embarrassed when I see
somebody in the nude”.
So clothes seem like a
protection, but protection against what or who?
The only answer that comes
to mind : Clothes protect against negative reaction to nudity.
Though there is nudity and nudity: nobody complains if men and women
have only thin strips of clothes on their bodies when they are on
the beach, problems arise when these strips are removed. Thus,
partial nudity is accepted, while total isn’t, as if it is much more
dangerous for an innocent viewer.
And it seems it is, if
this “innocent viewer” is innocent in psychology of men and women
and their respective natural reactions to nudity. These reactions
are quite well known and I am not going to repeat them here. And our
“innocent viewer” is asked to read available materials to reduce the
degree of “danger”, existing in his imagination, to the level as low
as possible. Far more important is how to find and establish a
stable balance and harmony between men’s and women’s attitude to
nudity and is it possible at all.
It is not a secret that
bringing up plays here the most important role. Listening to all
arguments for naturism and against it, I can’t help being surprised
that all of them miss one important thing, namely, we have no
positive sexual education for children. The education that
would help people grow with positive attitude to their nudity
and, therefore, could help them to find harmony in personal
relations. Until children have had appropriate education, people
will not get rid of their negative emotions evoked by nudity.
Bringing up children who
are sure that their nude bodies are not symbols of shame but symbols
of pride and self-respect is ever-present task for naturists.
On the other hand, bringing
up is a bilateral process and not seldom I saw on a naturist beach
as naked children gave good lessons of pure naturist behavior to
Feeling that you do
something positive is the best weapon for naturists against all
attacks of those who can not and does not wish to respect another
way of thinking and living. Naturism should be presented
everywhere as a healthy way of life that forms quite new relations
between the sexes, where there is no place for feelings of shame
that you are as nature created you, and no place for sexual abuse.
This is the greatest challenge to all the naturists who are proud of
their way of life and are ready to show the best examples of human
It was time here when
taking photos at a naturist beach was out of the question: people
were ashamed of their nudity, though they called themselves
“naturists”. The situation has changed since then. New
generation of naturists have fewer complexes in comparison with
their parents. They are not ashamed to stand in front of a camera
because their present-day views on the nudity and understanding of
the positive influence of these views on their whole inner
development as personalities give them self-respect.
Existing conflict between
naturists and those who condemn social nudity has its deep roots in
the ideologies of the past. We, naturists, should have our own
system of views that would help us to find all answers to all direct
and indirect questions of non-naturists. If they see we have what to
say, we know how to act, we are not mere “spoilt children”, but
adults who know how to defend themselves and their ideas, the whole
situation will change.
Naturism as the movement
which brings positive ideals and noble aspirations, which stimulates
people to develop all their physical and mental abilities, which
awakens feelings of belonging to Mother-nature and understanding it
must be protected, should present its ideas to as many people as
The world is predominantly
non-naturist and we, naturists, should remember the big
challenge that we still have.
After reading this article,
please, think what you can do to win.