Why can’t bare naked naturist nudists barely get along? Such a simple thing as being without clothing draws out so many varying opinions from so many people. There are actually arguments where some insist they are truer nudists than others because they have a deeper or more spiritual understanding of nakedness. Others say they are better nudists because they have more fun being naked. Some naturists say that some nudists are barely out of the woods in their understanding of nakedness, while some nudists say that naturists are just naked treehuggers barely out of the naked shame closet. To some just because the word ‘nude’ rhymes with ‘lewd’, things done in the nude become sexual and licentious, while to others the word nakedness implies poverty and want and so should not be used. Nudists appear to be naked people of mixed genders that hang around together in groups, while naturists appear to be naked people of mixed genders that hang around together in the woods or streams or mountains, but not in urban settings. Everybody seems to be hell bent on defining nakedness according to their own understanding of it. Some say that nakedness bring them closer to God, while others say, well, God wouldn’t really mind, while others say the devil makes them get naked. It is all very confusing and divisive. Traditional nudists are fearful of declining numbers and are reaching out to younger nudists to join them in their white plastic lawn chairs set on manicured lawn surrounded by high fences communities. Younger naked people think that traditional (older) nudist are lame and seek more active pursuits like naked biking, canoodling, hiking or just hanging around at home alone or with some naked friends. The balkanisation of nudists/naturists/naked people into small groups that define and cling on to their own narrow precept of what it is to be naked, leads to further angst and discord amongst naked people.
We need to get down to the bare facts, the naked truth about nakedness. First, when you are without clothes on your body, you are naked. Secondly, if you enjoy being naked, you are a nudist. If you enjoy being naked and outside in nature, you are a naturist. Thirdly, if you enjoy being naked with other naked people, you are a social nudist or social naturist. As happy bare people we need to come together to further the acceptance of private and of social nakedness. All the rest of it is just naked dressing.