Nudists Can Take Pride!

 
 
Nudists can take pride in the very unique and special people that we are. We are different from the rest of society in so many wonderful and important ways.
 
We are people who easily make lifelong friendships. Clothing is some sort of psychological barrier that prevents sincere communication. Clothed people relate to others in artificial ways that they think society wants them to interact. They act out the role they see for themselves in life. Teachers talk like teachers; doctors talk like doctors; lawyers talk like lawyers; and mothers talk like mothers. Shallow friendships are the result. Without clothing, the unseen barrier is removed, and people relate to each other with their true inner values. The result is often a deep, caring, lifelong friendship. We can take pride in the way that being without clothing makes class distinctions disappear. We see doctors who are best friends with bus drivers, and lawyers who are best friends with factory workers.
 
We can take pride in the way our nudist communities accept all people – not just those that society says we should, but also people with scars, disfigurements, body parts that are too big, too small, misshapen, or missing, and those who must wear external medical devices. These people sometimes comment on how they wish society would treat them as well as nudist communities do.
 
Our advertising industry tells women the many ways they are imperfect, and that they need to buy the advertised product to be accepted or loved. This creates feelings of inadequacy, lack of self-confidence, and self-worth because of their physical appearance, especially during the formative years. This often results in timid personalities that limit their success in life. After a few days in a nudist environment, it is amazing to see them blossom into strong, self-confident, vibrant, independent women. Nudists can take pride in the changes they make in these women’s lives. 
 

Taken from the AANR Monthly Bulletin, "Across the Board" brings information and thoughts from the Governing Board of AANR to you. The Board values your membership and wants to make sure that it is doing what is right for the members and clubs. The first step is good two-way communication.