I have been a Naturist for more than forty years. Like many of us, I started being a Nudist, going to beaches where people felt free and shared nakedness while swimming and sunbathing. For me it was a big step because of the sequelae of Polio, my body is kind of irregular and I am wearing several scares, which I call my war medals.
Soon I started to understand the benefits of nudism, not only for the freedom but also for the egalitarian feeling one gets when surrounded by different naked bodies, with different shapes, sizes and colours. Naked, we are all the same and only our natural individualities difference us.
Soon I started to study about the Philosophy accompanying Naturism, starting in India in 1891 and then developing in the United Kingdom amongst other places around the world. The more I learnt about it, the more I liked it and the more I got involved. I started to practice the whole ethos of the philosophy, living naked all the time at home, Summer or Winter,
Spring or Fall.
I started to understand the importance and relevance of following the Natural Laws of our Mother Earth. To live under the premises of caring about the environment and all beings on the planet from an equal perspective. We are all here for a purpose and we are all equally entitled to our rights to be kept and defended.
It took several years to reach the point where I am now: A Naturist, Vegetarian, Environmentalist, Animalist and Plasticist who will fight to defend Human, Animal and Planet rights till the end of his life, as well as to defend the most sustainable and egalitarian philosophy there is and specially spreading its benefits amongst the disabled community (INF-FNI Focus December 13/62/2021)
Unfortunately, every day more and more, the ethos of this balanced and liberating philosophy is broken with the introduction of confusing concepts and allowing the textile norm to invade our spaces.
Naturism and Nudism are not the same. The first is a philosophy of life, the latter, a shared activity with no clothes. All Naturist are nudist by default because they live and manage their activities naked but, a nudist is not always a naturist and there, the problem starts when mixing concepts attending Naturist places.
Last May I attended a meeting of a Naturist Federation at a famous and fabulous Naturist camp. I was sincerely horrified when, on the first activity offered by the resort, only I and other 4 or 5 people of almost 100 (figurative but close number) were naked, the rest were dressed, some even with coats. It was May and the cold was not that at all, a bit fresh yes but not cold.
I enquired and complained because I felt the whole ethos of the Naturist ideology had been corrupted and, the worst part was that when I complaint, everybody seemed to be OK with the idea of being dressed, or with he rule to have to wear some clothes at the indoor restaurant…
I really think things are getting out of hand in this matter. If you are a Naturist and go to a Naturist resort (at least on its denomination) one expects to mingle with people alike, who share the same principles of life. To be a Naturist it is not compulsory to be a Vegan but it is to live according to and respecting nature, maintaining a sustainable life in harmony with the planet and res pecting the essential rules of Naturism, one and most important, to live naked, specially in places reserved for that purpose.
Textilizing Naturism breaks the concept of equality completely. That freedom of being amongst people without knowing their wealth or social status that textile items show. I have had several conversations with many Nudists (have not found many pure Naturists in Spain yet and not even within the different Federations) and I can understand but not share their point of view.
I agree that each one has to be as they are, but I would like it to be understood that the textile norm breaks
the equality of the naturist philosophy because differentiation of social stratum and life is made with the different brand of clothes which begins to mark the difference of society status, of purchasing power and even of origin and type of life while, the naked body is what it is with its specific differences of each individual person but without differentiation of anything social, material or external I have participated in the naturist philosophy for forty years and I have seen the deterioration of it that is being done with the permissiveness of textiles and closet naturism that wants to show the face but not at the same time as the genitals. The same excuses that are used to hide homosexuality or any other minority diversities in our society.
I was told that the suffix -ist is exclusive but I always reply that if you belong to an -ist group it is for a specific reason, and that is to maintain the rules and ethos of the group.
So, I am begging all federations, resorts and groups to consider what they really are and take measures no to allow the textile world to take over and ruin the most sustainable and egalitarian philosophy there is.
There are real Naturist places where textiles are not allowed but on some exceptional circumstances.
If you attend a Naturist place you should live naked all time and lead a normal life without clothes all the time. If you are cold, choose another season to go or join indoor naturist groups somewhere else. There are plenty of groups that do them all over the world.
No more textile allowed on Naturist locations, please. Let´s safe our philosophy of life from the hypocrite social morals.
Nacho Torre Marín Comas
Member of ADN und ANVA Spain