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Are You a Nudist or an Exhibitionist? Take the Quiz

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“Isn’t naturism just another name for exhibitionism?”
Of all the question that I get asked about naturism, this is one of the most frequent.
It's a good question. But is it relevant? Does it matter if you’re a naturist or an exhibitionist, or maybe a bit of both? Well, I guess it’s a matter of degree, but let’s not get too heavy and judgmental here—we’ll save that for another post. The point is, it’s a valid question to ask ourselves and although I’m not sure I know the answer, I think I know the difference.
And so I’ve put together this short little quiz. It’s based upon personal observation and experience only and has no scientific or psychological basis whatsoever. It’s just a bit of fun, but maybe it will also help us think about our own reasons for getting naked. Some of the responses are obviously in there just for laughs, however, all of the other responses are actual opinions and actions that I’ve seen and heard over the years.

Please answer all of the questions, even those which are aimed at either males or females. I can't figure out how to do an either / or option and the quiz won't work unless all questions are answered, so you might need to exercise a little transgender imagination here!

Now it’s over to you. Have fun!
Select one answer per question from the choices available.

1. You come out of the shower or bath. There are other people in the house. Do you:
2. Do you think that you have the right to be naked anywhere at anytime, regardless of the circumstances or other people's feelings?
3. You are a male. Your social media profile indicates that you have an interest in naturism. Would your profile photo be:
4. You are a female. Your social media profile indicates that you have an interest in naturism. Would your profile photo be:
5. You've gone to a nudist beach. It's freezing. The only other beach users are fully clothed. Do you:
6. You are not yet a practicing nudist. You've seen a TV programme about nudists. How did it make you feel?
7. You’re relaxing naked on the lawn of your naturist club when a group of textile trespassers wander in. Do you:
8. You’re at your nudist club. The temperature has dropped uncomfortably. Do you:
9. You're clicking through a “nudist” website. It's full of explicit photos of attractive naked people in provocative poses. How does this make you feel?
10. You’re relaxing naked on the lawn of your naturist club when you spot a pair of peeping Toms spying on you. Do you:

Congratulations: you’ve finished! To find out whether you’re a nudist or an exhibitionist or somewhere in between click the submit button below. But don’t take it too seriously; it’s meant to be a bit of fun and the most scientific thing about this little quiz is the computer you’re reading it on.



Where to Go on your first Nudist Day Out

nudism in the wrong placeSo you’ve decided to try nudism for the first time…

Now what do you do? Whatever you decide, it has to be appropriate and legal, which usually rules out just stripping off in the middle of your street!
So here are a couple of suggestions.
If you’re sure that you’ll like the nudist life, and you’re prepared to make the commitment without a second thought, you can join a nudist club  or book your first nudist vacation and jump straight into the nudist lifestyle.
But what if you’re a little more hesitant? After all, who can blame you? Going nudist for the first time is a big step for a lot of people.
Maybe you just want to dip your toe in the water, without making too much of a commitment at first, so that should you decide that you don’t like it you can back out, immediately if you feel like it, without losing anything.
Does that sound like you? In that case you have two options.
1. To try a free open day at a nudist site.
2. To try a free nude beach.
Of the two options, number one is preferable for the following reasons.
Firstly, you will be in a controlled environment, where club rules ensure that standards of hygeine and behaviour are observed. The area will be well-screened for privacy and there will be at least basic amenities. Importantly, you will find that because the members will be keen to attract new members they will be friendly, open and welcoming.
The problem is that nudist club open days are not common, and if one occurs it might be hundreds of miles away. Also, it will be arranged for a particular day and date, which, even if you can make it may be cold and rainy and not really “nudist friendly.”  Nevertheless they do occur from time to time. Try a regular internet sweep for “naturist club open day” or something similar and see what comes up. Don’t hold your breath though!

Try a nudist beach

A more realistic option would be to try a free nudist beach, or lake, or swimming hole.
If you go for a nudist beach, the first and best bit of advice I can offer is to make sure that it’s an “official”, (i.e sanctioned by the authorities) nude beach. Or perhaps just  a  section of the beach, because whilst some beaches are all nude, other, larger beaches may only allow nudity in certain well-marked designated areas. Unless you know what you’re doing, using anything other than an official nude beach can result in some embarrassing attention from the law!
Some of the pro’s of using a free nudist beach are:
·1 There will usually be at least one on the nearest coast to you.
·2 They are free.
·3 You can visit whenever you want for as long as you like, and then leave whenever you wish.

Some of the “cons” are:
·4 They are largely unregulated. You may come across bad, offensive or inappropriate behaviour.
·5 They are rarely screened off and are accessible to the general public. You may suffer from gawkers, voyeurs, outraged non-nudists (even on official beaches) and similar menaces. Also watch out for the hidden camera sneak who films in secret then plasters his seedy little videos all over the internet. (Tip. To frustrate this shabby individual, place a large beach-bag at your feet when lying down. It prevents  him from getting his favourite shot.)
·6 It may be difficult to make friends with other beach users. (Tip: If this is a worry for you and you are looking for nudist friends try RealnudistFriends.com . Even if you don’t want to sign up for free you can leave a message on one of the free forums.)
·7 Many of them are difficult to access and have no amenities whatsoever.
It may seem that the cons outweigh the pros,  and nude beaches are places best avoided, but I’ve pointed out the potential problems for completeness only. You’ll rarely encounter all of the cons on a beach visit, and most often it will be trouble free. Just do your homework at places like www. nudistbeaches.info,  peruse the beach reports and user reviews, then make your choice.
It’s the easiest, trouble-free and cheapest way of taking your first nudist steps.
Enjoy them. I guarantee they won’t be your last!

From a Nude Perspective: Religion and nakedness

 

Have you ever wondered why there is such a wide divergence of attitudes towards nudity in religion? Isn’t it strange how some religions, including the world’s largest, positively loath nudity, yet other, equally ancient and valid religions such as Wicca have no problem with it or indeed actively embrace it? Certainly nothing in the Christian Scriptures specifically condemns the naked body: quite the opposite in fact.
I have a simple theory, and at the risk of outraging scholars and theologians who have far more knowledge than me, I‘m going to share it with you. And it’s all to do with the differences between men and women and the control of the masses. 

Here then is the Gospel according to Liz

 The world’s four main religions evolved from ancient communities which were hierarchical and patriarchal in character, and traditionally deprecated women to some degree. Women were considered to be second class citizens, unfitted to make important decisions and totally subservient to the menfolk.
Being hierarchical meant that the tribe or community was ruled from the top down, with the king or chief at the very top, his family and advisers on the next rung down, the priesthood next, then everyone else. Everyone else, of course, beingthe ones who toiled in the fields and quarried the stone and did all the work that kept the place going—and allowed the upper classesto live in the style to which they had become accustomed.
Of course a hierarchical society only functions if you’ve got some way of keeping the plebs under your control, and it soon became apparent that the easiest way to keep a superstitious and unsophisticated peasantry in orderwas through religion. Promise them exclusion from heaven and eternal damnation if they ignore the preachings of the priesthood and they’ll walk through fire if you tell them that God desires it—and some Gods did.And so in patriarchal, hierarchicalcommunities religion was used to order society according to the will of the ruling classes.
Now, the ruling classes didn’t approve of sex, other than for reproduction. Or, rather, they did approve of sex, and lots of it, for procreation andpleasure, but only for themselves. If the commoners indulged in too much hanky-panky they might be distractedfrom their duties and thenwho would do all the hard work? Certainly not the king and his cronies, and so it was written that sex for breeding was just about OK as long as you didn’t enjoy it, but carnality was a sin for which you would be condemnedto hell-fire and everlasting torment, unless you were one of the nibs in which case you could go at it like rabbits and still go to heaven.
But if sex for pleasure was to be properly discouraged you had to go after its companion—lust. And what was the main cause of lust? The naked body, especially the voluptuous, bewitching, beguiling wicked female body which could ignite uncontrollable passions in the poor simple menfolk and encourage unbridled lust and licentiousness, which would keep them from their work, ruin the economy, depress the stock market and generally bring about the end of the world. And so it came to pass that nudity too became a sin.
These misogynistic, anti-sex and anti-nudity teachings became firmly rooted in all of the male dominated religions, (an acquaintance of mine calls them SkyGod faiths) where they live on as part of the accepted dogma to this day. Nothing to do with divine revelation. Just good old fashioned control of the masses.
The religions which allow or encourage nudity on the other hand have either evolved from the much older, (possibly neolithic)matriarchal beliefs(which my friend calls Earth mother.religions) or are more modern faiths which are less influenced by historical prejudices and ancient attitudes.
Neo Paganism generally emphasizes the sanctity of the Earth and Nature and usually incorporates the concept of both a male and female deity, with the female principle often deemed to be the more important. Fertility therefore is central to the belief system, and sex—including sex for pleasure—is seen as natural and desirable and is revered as part of the life cycle. Similarly nakedness is considered to be wholesome and natural, and often forms part of the sacred ritual as it is considered to bring you closer to the divine—indeed, the Goddess herself is often represented in the nude. The body is sacred and extraordinary and is something to be celebrated and respected, and quite rightly so, in my humble opinion.
So now you know why some religions let you get your kit off, and some don’t.

Here endeth the lesson.