Being natural and matter-of-fact about nudity prevents your children from developing an attitude of shame or disgust about the human body. If parents are very secretive about their bodies and go to great lengths to prevent their children from ever seeing a buttock or breast, children will wonder what is so unusual, and even alarming, about human nudity.”
Naturists come in all shapes, sizes, colors, nationalities, ethnicities and languages — though for the time being we’ll stick to English here. The Bare Voices series honors this through first person stories of naturists from all over the world sharing their own stories. And we celebrate the unity which will take the cause of naturism to wider acceptance.
In this fourth installment of Nudist Planet’s Bare Voices Fabien from France tells his story.
Bare Voices Fabien
I grew up in the city of Rennes in Britanny, France. Public nudity is seen as something weird, out of the social conventions or even obscene for some people there. (Jewish, Christian society especially). I can understand that some people can be shocked by public nudity and some other aren’t. It’s a matter of social conventions.
The first time I practiced social nudity, I was maybe 8 years old. I don’t really remember, but I was with my parents at a nudist campsite in the south of France. I felt comfortable because the weather was hot, I think. Probably, I was prompted to go nude because of the fact that almost everybody was nude. I remember that my parents were nude on that occasion.
However, my parents were definitely the first people I saw nude. It was at home and I felt normal: I was at home and it was my parents. I never felt ashamed about having nudist parents. But I don’t think my friends knew about my parents naturism since I was so young. Of course, I never asked my parents to cover up. My parents were clothed every time they were not in a nudist environment which means all the time except at home and on holidays.
My parents never talked to me about their lifestyle because, once again, I was young. So, I have no idea if having nudist parents has affected the way I see myself. Maybe the fact I just don’t have any problem about being nude. I just don’t do it outside to avoid shocking other people. The human body is in reality very far away from western beauty standards shown in media and advertisements.
Would I raise my children in a nudist environment? Why not, it will depend on the circumstances but from time to time yes. I think it helps to feel more comfortable with the human body, to tech that we are all the same and that finally what really matters is inside. But also that you have to respect others’ sensitivities. Also, being nude allows for more comfortable movement.
And as far as nudists thinking of having kids, I would advise them to teach their kids that clothes are mainly a social convention and not only for protection against cold and rain as it used to be a VERY long time ago. But we are living in a world full of social conventions. We need to understand them and we also have to respect others’ sensitivities. Having this consciousness and feeling comfortable in being nude will give them more freedom.
I would advise anyone who hasn’t tried social nudist to try it, specifically swimming. It’s easier to start and it’s so comfortable. Or to do so in a very natural place with just a few people.
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Each of us has a story to tell. An outlook on the world and on naturism that can be beneficial to others. Share yours here by contacting Kenn. I’ll send you a list of questions to get you started.