According to a 2015 Zogby Poll, close to two-thirds of US adults agree: nude sunbathing that takes place on accepted beaches or in other recognized areas should be allowed.
And while not all of them are naturists, the rapid growth the nude recreation industry has experienced in recent years suggests many are.
If all else fails, why not just check out your nearest nude beach, hot spring, or swimming hole? But remember: if you go to a clothing-optional site and remain clothed for too long, people might start taking you for a gawker. Typically, women are more wary than men of clothing-optional venues.
You don’t have to take your clothes off right away; do it gradually if you prefer. But everyone, male and female, has "body issues." For some, the idea of being seen nude—and seeing others nude—is filled with psychological tension.
So too are there private clubs and resorts that are either clothing-optional, or where nudity is actually required. Nonetheless, while laws that specifically prohibit nudity and equate it with "indecent exposure" are rare, that shouldn’t be taken as an invitation to get naked "anytime, anyplace." If you undress in the village square, you’re likely to get arrested for something—be it indecent exposure, disturbing the peace, or creating a public nuisance.
As we say here at The Naturist Society, "Body Acceptance is the Idea, Nude Recreation is the Way."(For a brief history of The Naturist Society and naturism, see TNS History.
But first, it’s important to know what they don’t mean.
Misconceptions aside, naturism is not a code word for "sex" (see below).
A spouse, friend or partner can help reduce the tension, but only if caution and sensitivity are exercised.
Remember, every naturist had a "first time." Many who were most reluctant initially are now avid naturists.