COVID has changed many things about our day to day lives. A rise in the popularity of social nudity… apparently that is one of them. Its now widely reported in the news that more people are joining nudist clubs and associations, more are going to nude beaches and more are expressing interest in the nudist lifestyle. Even the normally conservative reporting of Forbes Magazine is picking it up.
I started seeing articles about this in the summer and thought it was either a slow news cycle – people needing distraction from covid stories. Or maybe it was the heat waves that were causing people to shed their clothes.
But as I looked into it more carefully it became clear. And it made sense. The massive loss of freedom we’ve experienced as a result of covid is stifling. We’re looking for ways to express ourselves freely. And what better way to express ourselves freely than getting naked.
We’re living in a time when everyone is telling us where we can go, who we can see, how we must dress. Its suffocating. I can totally see why people are wanting to shed their clothes.
I wonder what goes on in a person’s mind as they decide, for that first time, to get naked in public. For both my wife and I, we were middle aged and decided to got to a nude beach when we were at a southern resort. We knew no one there and we are both pretty comfortable with our bodies, so it was a pretty easy thing. We quickly found that we loved it so we became more comfortable with doing it closer to home. But I’m wondering if it would have been more difficult, that first time, had we been more local.
All this to say, I cant think a better thing to do, during these oppressive times, and than to take a shot at nudism. Its moment has arrived.