The New Notion Known as Nudism
Scientists have a general idea of when humans first started wearing clothes. Their conclusions come from genetic studies of the common body louse. The body louse feeds on humans but needs clothing to stay on in order to do so. The studies show that humans first began to wear clothes some around 72,000 years ago give or take. The human has existed in his present form, Homo sapiens, for around 200,000 years, so the numbers show that most likely for more than half the existence of our species, we all were nudists.
A nudist is a person who does not wear clothes. Back in those days, most humans lived in warm climates and there is some indications that they were much hairy than they are today. It was only when they began migrating to colder climates that clothes were first worn and even then it was not modesty, but warmth that was the motivation. As we became civilized, the attitude about nudism was much different in the time of recorded history.
In ancient Greece, for example, the habit of nudity was so common that even our word, gymnasium, comes from the Greek word, gymnos, which means nude. Sports and nudity connected because nudity in athletic events was common and accepted in the athletics. Nudism as a cultural issue exists in only a few scattered and primitive tribes in the Amazon basin or remote Pacific Islands and these few remaining hold outs are under relentless pressure to get dressed.
Today, in what are called nudist colonies, or nudist resorts, people are selectively removing most of all of their clothing. This has led to some myths about nudity, or naturalism, as it is sometime called. One such myth is that nudity is immoral. The reason is that it is seen as sexual in nature. It may be thought of as erotic or pornographic, but still sexual. In fact, nudist do not see themselves as either voyeurs- people who have a prurient interest in seeing naked bodies, or exhibitionists- people who have a prurient interest in being seen naked.
Actually, most nudists view it as a natural state and our purest form. They state we are born naked, so how can it be evil to be naked? They also extol the health benefits. The exposure to sunlight is good in that it leads to the production of vitamin D in the body. On the other hand, our increased knowledge of the causes of skin cancer has led sun block to be part of the nudists equipment. Nudism is practiced in many forms today. Nudist beaches are quite popular as are nudist vacations on either public or private land.
The movement has several divisions of a philosophical nature within the lifestyle. One of the main ones being the "clothes optional" and the "nudity required" subgroups. Whether good or bad, the concept of nudism is yet to be generally accepted and some use that as an avenue to transmit pornographic materials yet for others staying naked it is just pure bliss and enjoyable
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The world of fashion is always changing with every single day. It makes you wonder where the idea of clothes came from. At one point, man was more than content to walk around naked as he hunted for food. Read in detail about Naturists