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Old 12-03-2019, 06:22 PM   #1
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Clothing Optional?

This sort of came up on the neighbors thread, but it made me wonder how folks feel about going clothing free? How much exposed skin is too much? Do you let it all hang out, keep it behind closed doors with the lights off, or somewhere in between?

I've always had an open mind about the human body. We're all born naked and come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Each beautiful in our own way with scars, rolls, and sags that tell the story of our lives. Perfect in our imperfections. I have no issues with people running around in a bikini, topless, or even fully nude. As long as you're not performing a sex act in a public space, or pushing yourself onto someone else, I see nothing wrong with going clothing free in designated areas or in your own back yard. If you want to garden in the buff, more power to you.

Years ago we would often hike to natural hot springs in the mountains. Obviously, no one brings a swimsuit with them, so clothing optional was the norm. It was never weird, everyone was always accepting, regardless of what you looked like. Admittedly, undressing in front of strangers for the first time was embarrassing, but that feeling quickly disappears. Being free in nature more than makes up for any momentary social discomfort.

We have even visited a few nude beaches and clothing optional resorts over the years. Once you get over that initial embarrassment, it's really no different than clothed gatherings, except people are more accepting and better behaved. After being free of clothing, having to wear a clingy wet swimsuit is a real downer.

Of course, I know many folks aren't as open as I am, so I would never undress in situations I knew it wasn't accepted. I'll never participate in the world naked bike ride, or walk down main street in my birthday suit. I'll also admit it's a lot easier to go clothing optional with strangers than it would be with friends or coworkers you interact with daily in the textile world.
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Old 12-03-2019, 06:25 PM   #2
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We did St. Martin/ Orient Beach for years (before the island was ravaged by Irma) and loved it. I never considered myself a naturist but that beach was a blast and the people were some of the most wonderful I have ever met. As i got older, i lost the desire to go nekkie in public.
Last time we were there, it was a bunch of overweight elderly people there.
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Interesting. I see a post by erkevin quoted by Bamamam but that post by erkevin is no longer visible in this thread. Some interesting electronic juju going on.
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at 76 years old, I don't even like to see me nude in the mirror
The last time we visited a nude resort there was an old couple in their 80's. He was hard of hearing, neither could walk very well, and both had the body's you might expect of people in their 80's. But they were happy, enjoying life, and a cute couple. Their inspiring confidence made me feel better about myself.

Then there was the 90 year old guy that was the caretaker at one of the other places we visited previously. Stark naked, except for tennis shoes, sawing up logs with a chainsaw. He looked better and got around better at 90 than I did in my early 50's. Going natural obviously worked for him.
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Last time we were there, it was a bunch of overweight elderly people there.
When you're naked you quickly realize there's more of us than the perfect bodies our culture idealizes... Rather than feeling like the fat guy on the beach, you realize you're just another human enjoying life.
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5. Cheating couples, mixed couples, same sex couples, unidentified couples
6. Racially mixed marriage
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8. Roth conversion questions
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Last time we were there, it was a bunch of overweight elderly people there.
There are a LOT of people I don't want to see naked, I can already see enough when they are clothed to know I don't want to see more of them.
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The proclivity makes a bit of a dichotomy of your screen name.
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Exactly. I'm only naked in the shower. Only go shirtless while hiking in hot, remote areas of the desert where I won't encounter any other humans.
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I'm clearly on a different side of the spectrum than the OP, I have that occasional "naked in public" dream/nightmare. So, no, regardless of how I might feel about my physique at any time, I'm not naked outside my bedroom.

I also, however, try not to project my discomfort onto others. If you want to show far more, and it's in an appropriate setting for it - go for it.
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I have no issues with people running around in a bikini, topless, or even fully nude. As long as you're not performing a sex act in a public space, or pushing yourself onto someone else, I see nothing wrong with going clothing free in designated areas or in your own back yard. If you want to garden in the buff, more power to you.

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I'll take things one step further and say this should be a requirement .

Kidding aside, I prefer to go about covered up. Even when retiring for the night.
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I don't mind seeing others, but I would not shed my clothes in public.
Except there was one time, early 20's, camping, party with friends, we all "took a bath" in the ice cold river in the winter...... :-)
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