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Don’t confuse nudity with sex, my experiences at Naturist Resorts

A recently watched episode of Seinfeld, ‘The Apology’, reminded me of some past experiences.

Stripping off my clothes in the car before entering a naturist (nudist) resort was terrifying. My heart pounded in my throat. What we wear conceals, our clothing is a shield, when Eve ruined it all, clothing signified shame. When Cliff first asked me if we could go to a naturist resort (there are a few in Gauteng) I was apprehensive, but reading the rules put my mind at ease.

The first 10 minutes in the buff were uncomfortable but it didn’t take long to relax. We settled on a blanket under a tree with books and a picnic. The day was liberating, tranquil and incredibly comfortable. It was NOT remotely sexual or sexy. 90% of the thrill of sex is anticipation. In my view a sexy garment inspires more desire than a naked body.

My observations from that day and subsequent visits to naturist resorts were.

  • The perfect body is about as real as the Yeti. Seeing others naked was reassuring, under the shield of clothing all are flawed and imperfect in some way. I’m sure that if we all saw each other naked, there would be less insecurity in the world.
  • Removing barriers between yourself and the elements creates a sense of balance and harmony with nature. Most of us have had a taste of that when going for a skinny dip.
  • The place beyond comfort zones is more comfortable than you can imagine. The shift in perception is dramatic and powerful.
  • We rob ourselves of so much by saying “NO” to experiences without thinking them completely through and analysing why we put up walls.

Putting on clothes after a day at a naturist resort feels uncomfortable, stifling and dishonest. It feels like conformity to a rule which I didn’t make.

We haven’t been to a naturist resort since I was pregnant with Fjord, although children under 18 don’t have to remove their clothes, I believe that they should be old enough to make the choice, in my mind it is an adult choice to be made by adults.

I am not so naive to think that the whole of humanity could go about with their kit off, there are many sick, twisted and perverted people out there, but there is a time and a place for nudity.  When spring comes I think we need to find a babysitter again and head off to a naturist spot.

Naturist resorts near Johannesburg are Sun Eden, Harmony Nature farm and Kiepersolkloof.

Comment below to tell me how you feel about nudity, have you ever been to a naturist resort?

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  1. Good on you for being confident in your own skin. I could never do it, even though I would not consider myself to be very prudish, the most I would do when I was young, is to tan at home topless in a thong.
    I have nothing against naturists and don’t judge, just not for me. I do agree with you revealing sexy clothing is far more sensual than the naked body and also agree not a place for children clothed or unclothed.
    I would also fear modern day techology like drones or periscope – once its out there no stopping it.

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