Middle Tennesee State University on Youth Naturism

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Middle Tennesee State University on Youth Naturism

Postby natman » Thu Oct 13, 2011 10:35 am

Because these things have a habit of disappearing from the internet and because I think this is a GREAT article, I have placed a copy of it here.

Middle State Tennesee University
Nudism embraced by younger generation

By Courtney Polivka
Design Manager
Published: Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Updated: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 20:10
[LINK TO ARTICLE]


Photo and design by Courtney Polivka, design manager

Knock, knock.

Chris, 26, peeks only his curly blond head around the door. He is naked except for his glasses and wedding ring.

"C'mon in, you guys," he beckons to the couple, Phillip, 26, and Cora, 22, standing on the doorstep. A sweet and tangy aroma meets their nostrils as they step into the foyer and quickly undress by the door. Foster the People plays through the living room speakers, while two cats lounge on the couch.

There are laughter and hugs as the couple steps into the tiny, crowded kitchen at the back of the house. Other friends have already made themselves at home.

Caz, 20, stands off to the side, as Chris moves to the sink to cut tomatoes. She wears only jewelry—a jade stone hung from a string about her neck, two snakebite lip rings and a bracelet made from small wooden beads. Her long, honey-brown hair falls gently on her shoulders.

Maddie, 19, and Felicia, 19, sit at the small kitchen table, looking, for all the world, like they were at a normal dinner party.

Carol, 30, Chris's wife, laughs as she stirs a brimming pot of apple chicken chili, wearing nothing but an apron and her wedding ring. Her dark brown hair frames her face. Cora sits down at the table, with Phillip behind her.

The kitchen is warm, almost too warm, but a delicious breeze sneaks in from a cracked window, bringing with it the crisp, evening air, cooled by the onset of autumn.

This is naked dinner.

First times

The abrupt turn to cooler weather means that summer nudist activities like skinny-dipping and naked volleyball are drawing to a close. But naked dinners, naked movie night and hot tubbing are all on the agenda for the coming winter months.

After a hearty dinner of chili and cornbread, everyone settles into the soft, oversized living room furniture. Their laughter is loud enough to be heard outside, as they watch YouTube video after YouTube video from a laptop hooked up to a TV. Analise, 22, arrives late to join the party, wearing only a sarong around her hips and a zip-off jacket, which are quickly shed. Everyone is comfortable and relaxed. But it wasn't always that way, at least for Carol.

"Both Chris and I had grown up very body-conscious and very religious," she says. "But when Chris went out to school in California, he was around a lot more body-free people, and that intrigued him."

As a young married couple, Chris and Carol explored the idea of social nudism together, but it took them two years to get up the courage to try it.

"We had been naked at home and outside," says Chris. "But taking that extra step to actually going someplace where being naked is the thing that you do—with other people—is always slightly mind-boggling."

"The first time was fun," Carol continues, "But the second time we visited a resort out in California for our third anniversary, and we got to be naked for five days straight, and that was it. We were in. Now, we've been doing it ever since and getting everyone we know to try it."

It's been three years since that first time.

Caz's first brush with nudity came right after high school.

"Two years ago," says Caz, "[Name omitted] would leave for weekends, and he would always say that he was playing volleyball by a lake."

But Caz says she knew he was lying because there are no volleyball courts by any of the nearby lakes. Eventually, he told her that he was going to Rock Haven Lodge Family Nudist Park in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Caz, who played volleyball in high school, says that, "As soon as he told me that he had been playing naked volleyball, I was like ‘Let's go!'"

It was there that Caz met Chris and Carol for the first time in 2009. Rock Haven is also where Phillip and Cora met the three of them this past summer.

Phillip and Cora have been participating in social nudism for only a few months, although Cora says she started exploring nudism as a teenager at home and she and Phillip have been "closet nudists" together since they got married over a year ago.

"I still feel rather limited in my nudism experience," says Phillip. "Cora has done this much more than me."

However, making the jump from the "textile world" to the world of nudism wasn't that hard of a leap for Phillip.

"He's very accepting of everyone. Period," says Cora. "He's never been one to judge based on appearance or beliefs."

"Cora, on the other hand," says Phillip, "has always enjoyed being naked, and social nudism has given her a way to meet like-minded people."

Cora says that for her, nudism is an escape from the stress of day-to-day life.

"There is nothing more freeing, more relaxing, than being naked, especially being naked outside. When I take those clothes off, my stress goes with them and I feel like I can breathe again, even if only for an afternoon. It's therapeutic."

Life lessons

In addition to being therapeutic, everyone in the group agrees that nudism has given them a healthier perception of the human body and human sexuality, as well as confidence and a great way to relax and meet new people.

"Whenever you meet people naked, it's so straightforward," says Caz. "There's no odd dance, trying to figure each other out. You start from zero."

Chris agrees.

"It's an automatic common factor. When you meet someone naked, you automatically have a kinship with them because, well, you're both kind of crazy, walking around naked," he laughs.

For Carol, nudism has played a large role in her personal body-acceptance.

"Advertisements tell us that you are only beautiful if you fit very specific criteria," says Carol. "When you go to a nudist place, you see literally every shape and size."

Growing up in a very religious household, Carol says that nudism has helped her realize that her body isn't inherently dangerous.

"I was told growing up that your body is sexual, which led me to a lot of shame," she says. "But what I've learned just being naked is not provocative."

"Nudism has changed my perspective to see people as beautiful, no matter what. Being able to see that for other people has allowed me to see that in myself. I am beautiful just the way I am," she says confidently.

Carol knows that many people, especially women, may be worried about receiving unwelcome attention.

But she argues that a bikini draws a different kind of attention than that of simply being naked.

"If you're specifically putting a triangle of fabric on each place that you don't want someone to look, it's saying ‘Look here.' But if you just leave it all out in the open, then people see what it is, and move on."

She continues.

"Growing up really religious, so much of the body-shame is that if you have female curves, then you're going to make men do X, Y and Z. Like, they can't control themselves, so you need to not have curves. What I've realized is that what I was told growing up—and advertising does this day-in and day-out—is that your body is sexual, which led me to a lot of shame. And I covered up completely."

Chris interjects, "—And when she says completely, she means cover up in a way that makes her look the least feminine and least attractive possible."

"But what I've learned," says Carol, "is that the human body is not only sexual. But we hear this message that the human body is so dangerous that if anybody sees it, all these bad things are going to happen. And that's just not true.

"When you find out that you can be naked and nobody's going to lust after you, freak out or attack you—they're just going to talk to you like a human being, look you in the eye and have a heart-to-heart conversation with you—that's really freeing."

"It's not that nobody looks or nobody notices," says Chris. "When you meet somebody new, you have that moment, and then it's like, ‘Okay, done.' Conversation anyone?"

Chris firmly believes that the life-long benefits of nudism greatly outweigh the momentary uncomfortableness of being naked socially for the first time.

"It really comes down to are you willing to trade 30 seconds of ‘I can't believe I'm doings this,' for the rest of the time being like, ‘This is awesome,'" he says with a smile.

"I think if you're curious, it's just a matter of getting over the nervousness. Because you can't say that you're not going to be nervous. You are. But it goes away quickly."

Young nudism

Naked dinners are just one of the many activities young nudists do to socialize, but there are much larger events, specifically for young people, that take place during the year.

"The resorts are great to go to in the summer," says Cora, "But the age group is definitely older, so it's nice to go with friends your age."

Chris agrees.

"If you want something that's easy to access, then try the AANR clubs (American Association for Nude Recreation) like Rock Haven or TNS (The Naturist Society). But in my opinion, for young people it's not really the best option."

Chris believes that young people interested in nudism should find an event that lasts an entire weekend, such as the events hosted by Florida Young Naturists, based out of West Palm Beach, Fla., which hosts three naked bashes a year for people between the ages of 18 and 30.

"There are usually about 150-200 young people who come on those weekends," says Chris.

"Plus," he continues, "because Rock Haven is only a 10 minute drive from your dorm, you can always chicken out halfway there and just go home. With an event, you've invested the time to drive there, which I think helps with the nervousness."

Such events feature bands, volleyball tournaments, a pool, sauna and hot tub, yoga classes, hikes, hula hooping, a drum circle, bonfires, body painting and more.

"We've had a giant blow-up water slide at the last two events," says Caz.

An obstacle with these events is that they're not here in Tennessee. You have to go out of state and somewhat plan ahead.

"But camping is free," says Cora. "All you have to pay for is gas and food."

"And we have best friends across the country now, since we spent three days with them naked at bonfires," says Chris.

A modern face

Many people from the "textile world" think that nudism is just an old hippie thing.

"And it is," says Carol, "but it's coming up. A younger generation is embracing it now."

And with the embrace of a younger generation, nudism is taking on a more modern face. It's about equality and acceptance and unplugging from technology and getting back with people. Nudism provides a way to socialize outside of the Internet, and it's about finding common ground with people from all over the world.
SON-cerely,
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Re: Middle Tennesee State University on Youth Naturism

Postby Larryk1052 » Thu Oct 13, 2011 8:50 pm

I hope this leads to a positive growth in nudism among young people and its general cultural acceptance.
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Re: Middle Tennesee State University on Youth Naturism

Postby KalosSoma » Fri Oct 14, 2011 10:40 am

How perfect could this be? Wonderful! The article deserves wide distribution, to say the least. You never know, but it certainly sounds like the writer became sold on naturism as well.
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Re: Middle Tennesee State University on Youth Naturism

Postby trumpetbuff » Fri Oct 14, 2011 11:24 am

Wow! It's great to see that naturism is continuing on with the next generation.

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Re: Middle Tennesee State University on Youth Naturism

Postby Ramblinman » Fri Oct 14, 2011 11:58 am

It only takes a spark to get a fire going, but soon all those around can warm up to its glowing...

Let's take a look at how these people got started...
We hear a lot of disparaging remarks about old-style nudist resorts, but something led these young adults to visit a place where most of the guests are probably middle-aged or older. This happened more than once because they met another couple their age at this place and chose to socialize with them back at home.

As delightful as it can be to visit nudist resorts and campgrounds, it is even better when it is no longer "that place we visit once or twice in summer", but becomes a social network in your own neighborhood, a part of everyday living when you come home from work.
Ever wonder why so many kids are so shell-shocked when their parents drag them to nudist resort one week in the summer?
Reason: it is not happening at home! To be fair, some parents are late getting started with this and some kids are overwhelmed by the contrary values of textile peers, but too many families are not doing what these couples are: living it at home!

Just a footnote: Thank God for Florida Young Naturists! Their influence extends far beyond their south Florida home turf. They have found a way to connect with young adults in a way we haven't seen in nearly a generation. For what it is worth, the founder is a Christian.

I just hope that Carol will discover (if she has not already) that there is a vast difference between the harsh legalism and negativity that characterizes some churches and a joyous living faith that is biblical AND grace-centered and of course, accepting of the goodness of human nudity as God's intention for us.
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Re: Middle Tennesee State University on Youth Naturism

Postby nuudman » Sat Oct 15, 2011 3:01 am

Any coincidence they are 5 minutes from Rock Haven?

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Re: Middle Tennesee State University on Youth Naturism

Postby Ramblinman » Sat Oct 15, 2011 11:09 am

nuudman wrote:Any coincidence they are 5 minutes from Rock Haven?


Proximity helps, but I can point to other resorts that are not far from colleges.

I think there's more to it than merely being nearby.

Is there something that made them feel welcome?

I hear complaints about the lack of children, but I have been to a relatively small place that had 50 children on a summer weekend.
In their case, it was an activities director who kept the calendar full of fun stuff for kids and parents.
It worked; they came!
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Re: Middle Tennesee State University on Youth Naturism

Postby jochanaan » Sat Oct 15, 2011 4:59 pm

Ramblinman wrote:It only takes a spark to get a fire going, but soon all those around can warm up to its glowing...

Ah, that good old Kurt Kaiser tune hasn't lost any relevance! :D
Ramblinman wrote:Let's take a look at how these people got started...
We hear a lot of disparaging remarks about old-style nudist resorts, but something led these young adults to visit a place where most of the guests are probably middle-aged or older. This happened more than once because they met another couple their age at this place and chose to socialize with them back at home...
Hey, we may be middle-aged, but we aren't dead nor stick-in-the-muds! :mrgreen:
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Re: Middle Tennesee State University on Youth Naturism

Postby Ramblinman » Mon Oct 17, 2011 9:56 am

jochanaan wrote:Hey, we may be middle-aged, but we aren't dead nor stick-in-the-muds! :mrgreen:


Young at heart! Maybe that's what can create bonds of friendship between those who are not the same age.
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Re: Middle Tennesee State University on Youth Naturism

Postby DaveT » Mon May 28, 2012 2:13 am

Interesting article. Rock haven is only about 40 miles west of my location.

I guess I'm a bit different than most. I didn't have any real friends my own age when young. I did have a few friends that were much older, frequently retired folks. I think it was because; I only went to a small christian school 1 year, and that year I found no one who was interested in the same things I was. It seemed to me all they were interested in was ball games and the opposite sex. I was into technology, steam power, electronics, etc. About then I was becoming a ham radio operator and collecting electronic junk to pull parts from and make things. The rest of my school time was at home. My mother was a first and second grade teacher before I came along, so it was easy for her to just keep us home. I kind of finished 9th grade, but then took the GED at 18 and passed with highest grade of the class, testimony to the kind of education I had obtained by visiting a large public library frequently. For me, education is an ongoing project and will never be complete. We have dug into a great variety of subjects, some extensively. Natural healing is one we've worked on for a long time.
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Re: Middle Tennesee State University on Youth Naturism

Postby JimShedd112 » Mon May 28, 2012 8:33 am

First, I don't know how I missed this article until now but am glad Ihave now found it, thanks to DaveT's post. Thank you, natman, for posting the entire article so it was not lost. I'm certainly glad to see young people embracing nudity as normal and very positive.

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Re: Middle Tennesee State University on Youth Naturism

Postby Ramblinman » Mon May 28, 2012 6:48 pm

Jim, I too am very encouraged by this story. If it can happen to two kids from very strict backgrounds (negative teachings about the body in particular), it stands to reason that this transformation can take place thousands of times over throughout the nation.

And this is not a story from 1982 or 1962. It is current news!

You and several others here are familiar with my story. I went through a very prudish phase.

I can honestly say that I love the Lord more now than ever, but am so grateful to have a more healthy understanding: nudity is still what's good for us in our day to day lives. Many of us were raised to feel bad about our bodies, to be bashful, embarrassed, and struggling with endless fascination with hidden parts.
Thank God those days are behind us now! I only wish that more could find their way out of the woods.
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