Navigating the legal, societal, and household considerations of domestic naturism
Thank you for this segment on home nudism, Evan. Well written with some nice introspectives for those wishing to expand nudism. As long time nudists, my husband Gary and I practice nudism daily. As we sleep naked, it’s easy to arise to a new and nude day, every day. We start the the day with yoga and Pilates nude, then breakfast, some chores indoors and outdoors as needed. Our home is pretty well secluded but the neighbours know we are nudists, so no surprises. Took a while to grow to this level. Inviting them over (we were clothed) and bringing up the topic, broke the ice. Then it wasn’t a surprise when we were naked in the backyard. One family even joined us later nude and have since joined us at our club.
We have a cottage on a beautiful lake where we practice home/cottage nudism. We enjoy hiking naked in nearby secluded forests.
Since we are always naked at home, when we leave for our cottage, we wrap ourselves with towels and hop in the car. When we are outside the city traffic and into the country roads, we remove the towels and enjoy the drive naked. It feels wonderful to open the windows and feel the warm breezes and sun on our naked bodies. Perhaps this (driving naked) is another aspect you can share with readers.
Excellent article. Home nudism is an oxymoron to some of the more purist naturists/nudists but I think it is a valid way to express nudism. For so many people safe outdoor areas are not available to enjoy a nudist lifestyle. For instance I try to remain nude indoors in my home though I also have outdoor areas to practice nudism. As you alluded to there are some legal considerations depending where you live.
Being viewed naked from public sidewalks and streets. This is definitely a no-no in many areas and can be considered exhibitionism. Standing naked in an outside facing door is a definite no-no.
Children in the home. This is a legal morass. Not long ago a woman was prosecuted successfully for incidentally baring her breasts in front of her stepchildren inside her home. If your children mention to classmates or teachers that the household lives naked that could result in a visit from Child Protective Services or law enforcement.
Accommodating friends, family and strangers. Should I remain naked when entertaining others. This is a real conundrum for some nudists. Do you remain true to your nudist beliefs and possibly (probably) make your guests uncomfortable or do you cover up? I opt for covering up.
Nudity outside the home but on one's private property. The definition of home nudity is considered by some to include their entire property. Obviously public exposure is a legal issue. Walking down the driveway naked to check that mail will almost certainly draw scrutiny. Some have privacy fences or other barriers. If neighbors are able to view you is that breaking the law even though you have taken reasonable steps to avoid that.
Evan, a well-written and articulate piece.
A very well written and interesting article.
I never understood the whole neighbor thing. It must be because I am a lifelong New Englander (except for the brief period of time I lived in The Old Country), we have a reputation and a true one, of not knowing our neighbors, their names, what they do for a living, if they are nudist. We don't know what they look like with clothes on let alone clothes off. Which in a way is something I take for granted. Similar to the whole "home nudist" term.
To me, a "home nudist" isn't a nudist just normal living. I did not grow up in a nudist family, but growing up, up until puberty it was common for my brother and I to stay naked after our baths and shower till bedtime, and sometimes on weekends when it was hot and we stayed in. I also saw my parents naked a lot growing up, walking to and from the bathroom. Though I saw my dad more than my mom, even as a teen and an adult my dad would sometimes watch TV naked (it was probably because my parents had two boys, and my mom did not feel comfortable, which is fine).
When I was older, in middle school and high school, and my mom put a stop to me being naked in the common areas, I would take off my clothes in my room right when I got home from school (something I hear a lot of my fellow naturist did too, who did not grow up in nudist households). I even had some friends join me too.
As an adult the first thing I do when I get into my apartment I take off my clothes, on most days, how I guess a textile would their shoes, jacket, etc. I do keep a wrap by the door, in case an unexpected visitor stops by, like the FedEx guy which really happens.
Funny enough my textile friends who I am open about being a naturist tell me, that all though they would never go to a resort or campground, as a family they are comfortable walking around the house naked. As many of my friends who are parents want their kids to grow up with a body positive image, but don't want to comment to the whole naturist way of life, as I said going to the resorts, or joining AANR, TNS, or being with others besides family, or with some close and trusted friends.
very well written, brief nice article about home nudism. I was specifically interested in reading it as I can't practice naturism out of our home because of local laws. Only I & my wife live together & my wife knows about my naturism passion, though she doesn't practice it, she also doesn't objects my naturism lifestyle.
Nice article Evan. Home nudism is a key step in most every naturist’s journey. It’s an important part of the culture and experience, navigating the challenges you laid out here. Most recall fondly, their first walk through their home nude, all the while wondering, “why didn’t I do this sooner”?