Compulsion to be Nude, Part Two

FOR DOWNLOAD MORE GALLERY Dreadfree has responded to my original "Compulsion to be Nude" post.
Beyond our fear of being arrested, we all have reasons that compel us to get dressed. For example, I'm a cold sleeper so I like to sleep in a light pair of shorts and t-shirt. That's my standard sleeping attire even when I stay at a nude or clothing optional resort. Getting dressed is second nature for most people. We may argue that nudity is our natural state, but once again nurture asserts her primacy over nature. I may not think that it makes any sense to get dressed before entering a body of water, but I'm in the cheerful minority.
He's right, protection certainly is one of the reasons we put on clothes, and many people put on clothes to enhance their sexual attractiveness (such as sexy lingerie), but these are conscious and rational reasons. A compulsion by definition is an irrational impulse. Since our society is by any measure a clothed collective, the nudist is seen as being irrational, even deviant by some. On the other hand, as a nudist who is naked most of the time, the wearing of clothes for certain activities, such as swimming and sleeping, appear irrational to me.

It was my experience in high school many years ago that the wearing of clothes did not stand in the way of sexual activity. In America, someone once said, "we fuck faces". It's the eyes, nose and mouth that really attracts us. All that teenage fumbling around in the back seat of a Chevy Bel Air was more about touching and feeling than about looking at body parts. If you are a voyeur, there's no place better than a beach to see bodies, anyway.

One of my favorite recent examples of a compulsion to be nude comes from the lips of Drew Barrymore, who said, "I'll drive in Ireland and park my car and run out into the field and rip all my clothes off and just run in the wheat fields naked. That's for no one to see. That's to have that freedom of feeling at one with nature. So I am completely unguarded, still."

Drew's behavior is not exhibitionism, and it's not sexual, although is certainly is sensual. This is the central primal driving force behind nudism, the compulsion to take off clothing and be free and natural. It's in our DNA.

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