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Children Who Grew Up In Nudist Families Describe What It Was Like

Updated February 13, 2019 64.3k views14 items

Naturism is a movement dedicated to practicing nudity in a variety of social contexts. For some this means feeling comfortable without covering in their own home; for others, it means attending resorts and events in which they can be bare with other people. Many adherents stress that not wearing clothing is a non-sexual state of being, and in naturist communites there is great emphasis placed on making sure everyone is comfortable. There are even codified sets of rules unique to every community to ensure nobody's boundaries are crossed.

They may choose to raise their children with the practice. Often it is a choice for the child, and families may wish to set rules to make sure everyone is comfortable. Former children of these communities have taken to Reddit to share their stories, and we've collected some of the best ones in this list. From embarassing anecdotes to feelings on body image to the mechanics of keeping your neighbors from spying, it's all here.

  • Bodily Functions Can Be Embarrassing

    From a Redditor:

    One that sticks out in my mind was when I was pretty young, like maybe 4th or 5th grade. I was reading some book at home and something in it [visibly aroused me]. It wasn't even anything sexy, just something random, but it did make my parents wonder what the heck I was reading.

  • They Don't Stay Completely Unclothed When It's Cold

    From a Redditor:

    I live in Southern California so it rarely gets too cold. But during the few weeks it does, yeah, we wear more than usual.

  • Dancing Can Get Uncomfortable

    From Redditor /u/mmmelbananas:

    In the last night of our stay they held a dance party - I was wearing a sports bra and spandex shorts and was really feeling some Salt-N-Pepa when a man came over and started to dance in front of me. I was eye-level with his flailing [member]. I didn't quite know what to do. Fortunately, my mother saw this and removed me from the situation.

    It could have been innocent, but I did not feel comfortable with it.

    I would also see illegal photo shoots happening when I would go on nature walks. I knew about Playboy, so I knew what was happening, and that it was against the rules. [Our community] wasn't supposed to be about [being] "sexy" in these places, so these occurrences made me feel unsafe.

  • It Can Be Weird Seeing Crushes

    From Redditor /u/mmmelbananas:

    When I was little I thought [our way of life] was amazing! What's better than being able to run around [without clothes]?

    However, when I was about 11, I was in the swimming pool and I saw a boy I thought was cute over in the hot tub. Now, seeing another kid my age [uncovered] was an infrequent occurrence so it never occurred to me that a boy I thought was cute would be [bare]. Well, he was...