‘Try it, you might really like it’

USA Today’s website carries a story on naturist holidays, specifically aimed at naturist newbies.

“The best advice I can give is to try it,” says Nicky Hoffman to the Naturist Society. “You really might like it.”

Which certainly is decent enough advice that I, as a naturist of 20 years standing, can attest to.

The RL Mr. Keng wasn’t a naturist when I met him, and had the usual list of reasons why he shouldn’t do it. But then I have the usual list of reasons why I shouldn’t do things if we go to a fairground. 🙂

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The roller coaster? Not if my life depended on it. Not if his life depended on it.


Well, yes, there’s fear involved. A lot of fear. Equally, I simply don’t like vomiting over myself :). Nope, not for me.


Other things, though, which I didn’t like the idea of doing….the ferris wheel for example…I’ve managed to get over my fear of doing. Swinging gently in a creaking tub 100 foot or more able the ground isn’t my idea of pleasure, but I can do it now to the point where I’m relaxed enough to take in the view, rather than grip the barrier until my knuckles turn white and have my eyes closed the entire time.

And there, I think, is how we need to see non-naturists and how they might respond to the options available to them if offered the chance to participate.

Some people will relax into it. For others, it will be a big no-no, not even if their lives depended on it.

Which is all fine. In my experience, if you’ve not tried naturism before, you’ll fall into two categories. The first is the ‘No. Never. Discussion closed. It’s immoral. Not even in the shower’ category. The second is the ‘Well…let’s discuss the arrangements. Here are my objections’ category. What they need is reassurance. ‘Well, we could go somewhere isolated just to see if you like the experience of swimming naked, feeling the breeze on your skin’, followed by the ‘my penis/breasts/bum/tum is too small/big/saggy’ argument, maybe then followed (in males) by the ‘What if I get an erection?’ argument. I know: I had all three debates with Mr. Keng. After ten years I now have to race him down the beach to be first to hit the surf.

So if you’re falling into the second category of newbie, take heart. Your half-hearted objections can be discussed logically, natural fears overcome (it’s out of all of our comfort zones the first time, me included).

Try it! You might even like it!




Kate Humble : A hero of naturism

Kate Humble is a British TV presenter, best known for her work on wildlife programmes. She knows her stuff, and in the UK probably has something of a reputation as ‘thinking man’s crumpet’.

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…for the benefit of those of you from beyond the UK. Not only is she a terrific, knowledgeable presenter of wildlife programmes, but a well-known naturist, and her semi-regular comments on the lifestyle turned up again this week in the Daily Telegraph. Sometimes I think it may be a little bit of an albatross around her neck, a part of her life probed by (male?) journalists.

She made similar comments in the Daily Mirror as recently as May.

As she says, The Naturist Society love her for it. And why not? Her wholesome image is something that can only lead to naturism being seen in a wholesome light, and that’s good for naturists everywhere. Too often, where celebrities celebrate their fondness for naturism, the emphasis is on them being ‘kooky’ to greater or lesser degrees. And the list the link leads to adds in names like Janet Jackson and Amy Winehouse. Personally I don’t think going topless and being snapped by the paparazzi essentially qualifies as being ‘naturist’, but we’ll let that slide.

The only thing I would take issue with in the Daily Telegraph is that it’s described as her ‘eccentric’ way of communing with nature. Naturism is not eccentric. It’s a logical lifestyle choice, and certainly no more ‘eccentric’ than golfers going around in loud plaid trousers, pink sweaters and one glove.