Nudist Teenagers Problems:
This app allows users to send messages (including photos) which self-delete within a time period established by the sender usually a few seconds.
Snapchat was initially considered to be something of a solution to the issue of sexting, where young people take naked pictures of themselves to send to someone, simply to have the photos inadvertently forwarded to others. Since the messages on Snapchat can’t be saved or forwarded, the logic goes, discretion is maintained.
Sadly, Snapchat actually offers no such solution. The Achilles Heel of the service is that nothing prevents the receiver from photographing their communicating device’s display with another camera in another apparatus before the message self-deletes.
My intent here, however, is not to write a review of Snapchat. But the manner that some young people are using their camera-enabled phones and other devices in conjunction with services like Snapchat exemplifies a particularly tough challenge for the naturist movement the way to educate adolescents about naturism.
Two Unclothed Naturist Naturist Amateur Girls Just Hanging Out Naked
When discussing nudism and naturism, we do not talk about (or to) nudist goddess very much. We discuss a lot about how many naturists are of an older generation, and there is an urgent must get younger people involved. We talk about quite young children, and are generally in agreement that naturism isn’t harmful to them in any way. But we do not talk about teens especially those who are 13 to 17 years of age.
A documentary like My Daughter the Teenage Nudist is about as close as we’ve gotten. While the film is great and normally depicts naturism in a positive light for young people, it is necessary to notice that the individuals in the picture not the least of which will be the teenage daughter mentioned in the name are 18 years or older, which makes them officially adults almost everywhere in the world.
Lawfully is the key word here, since I consider it’s the key to understanding why we do not expressly address naturism for teens. In today’s society people jump to the conclusion that that if an individual is unclothed anywhere near an individual below a specific age who’s not their child, then that person is guilty of engaging in sexual acts with a minor until proven innocent.
So does this mean that we shouldn’t talk about teens and naturism? Or that we should not talk TO them about it? I hope not. We understand what the alternative is. The misunderstanding and outright persecution of nudity, often tied in with slut-shaming, among adolescents has resulted in intimidation and suicide.
There was the recent case of Amanda Toddwho was manipulated, blackmailed and shunned by her peers for revealing her breasts on a webcam. We should figure out a way to address this age group regarding the healthy expression of naturism.
To start this discussion, I believe it is important to understand I used to sneak out of my house naked (we were fortunate and had a large back yard (which most naturists will probably agree with). The first is that young people are capable of comprehension that nudity can be non-sexual. Taking a nude pic of oneself and sending it to someone else will not need to be sexual in nature.
I recall very clearly that I understood the difference between sexual and nonsexual nudity by the time I was in my early teens, and that was before the net. I also understand that if I’d had access to your modern day smartphone or digital camera, I probably would have shot pictures of myself bare. Would I have sent them to anyone? The 30-something me says no, but remembering the 14-year old mewell, who knows?
My Daughter the Teenage Nudist
And now we have this great digital research and communication tool called the web, which crosses the world and appears to contain quite literally everything anyone would want to know about any possible topic.
If only the net had existed when I was 13 – my mind reels at the possibility of having been able to figure out what naturism is and associate with other naturists considerably before than I did.
The problem now, however, is that the phrase unclothed teen and occasionally even “Naturist Teen” is web-talk for child pornography.
Typing the phrases nudism questions for adolescents or naturism for teens or every other phrase including variants of the words nude and adolescent into Google will return loads of search results, but nothing close to what we might consider good information about naturism.
Accessibility to electronic communication devices with built-in cameras and photo services for example Snapchat, therefore, provide teens with what for many of them is likely their only outlet to participate in bare behavior.
Assuming they didn’t grow up in What is the most courageous thing Ive done naked? Well, thats a long narrative (which applies to most adolescents), any specified adolescent likely lacks the skill to go where most naturists congregate private resorts and legal nude beaches. For starters, most private naturist resorts is not going to admit unaccompanied minors for various reasons. Also, most adolescents under the age of 16 can not drive. And those teenagers who can drive may not have a whole lot of time to get to and spend time at a unclothed beach that’s, when there is even one located nearby.
If they are able to somehow get to a publicly-reachable bare area, they may not (and likely should not) go alone. This brings up the idea of trying to talk about naturism with friends as a way to locate a partner to go with. Most girls probably find this thought frightening as well, and given the stigma of being a naturist, they likely do not know of a relative or friend who could accompany them either.
Combine this with myriad state-by-state laws regarding public nudity, and it is no surprise that adolescents stick to something simple like photographing themselves with their phones.
What exactly are we naturists to do? It’s a shame that we aren’t addressing this age group. They are going through a vital period in their physical and psychological growth, in which they’re forming a lot of opinions about their bodies many of that will survive for decades in the future. We know that some of these teens will eventually become practicing nudists and naturists. They’ve been the future of the movement, but right now they are being told that nudity is bad. And the propagating of nude photos via sexting is not helping the problem.
It appears to me that there’s an enormous information vacuum that needs to be filled. If you will find good naturism resources particularly for teenagers out there somewhere, I haven’t been able to locate them. One action item I’d propose is assembling a free downloadable guide to naturism especially for teens, giving some outlines as to what they can and can’t do (or shouldn’t do). It could also supply links to great blogs and web sites that favorably describe naturism, which would help amateurs avoid the dense net forest consisting of porn sites that masquerade as naturism / nudism websites.
I don’t actually have any responses beyond that. The main objective of this blog posting would be to get the discussion started.
What would you think? What, if anything, can we do to teach teenagers about naturism?
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Tags: culture, adolescents
Type: Nudism and Naturism, Nudist Kids and Problems with Nudity and Children, Social Nudity Websites
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Erik Jakobsen works in Nyc, lives in New Jersey and is an avid naturist for 25 years. He could be a frequent contributor to FKK’s blogs.