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What is The Naturist Society? How, why, and where did it start? What does it expect to achieve? And why is it headquartered, of all places, in Oshkosh, Wisconsin?

This outline history of FKK expects to answer the preceding and other commonly posed questions. In its more than 20 years, the full narrative of The Naturist Society hasn't been written down. This account is intended for those Naturists and nudists wishing to know something more about their ideological origins; for those in media who should follow up on a story about skinny-dipping at a local beach; for students of American history trying to find a overview of one strand of advocacy for rational acceptance of social nudity; and even for people who are not at all happy that so many folks revel in total body liberty.

Defining Those Labels: Naturism & Nudism

Perhaps for those new to social nudity, we can start with a simple understanding of the terms "nudism" and "nudism." Both refer to the belief that non-lewd, family-friendly social nudity is a great thing. The awareness of "good" will differ; depending on which individuals you talk to. Some will talk about the benefits to physical well-being. Others will commend the feelings of freedom and relaxation that come from being bare out of doors. Another group will say that they receive a spiritual benefit from being nude in the midst of nature. Some assert emotional advantages derive from full approval of the body. I've seen some contris of other men and just wished to try. This were taken by my wife. We are new at any of this because were we live in Central America this games usually are not so quite welcome. I understand pics are not the finest, but I wanted to see what all this is around. Greetings to all women in nudist. And hope to get nice comments from ladies and couples only He visto controbuciones de otros hombres y queria aportar una. Estas fueron tomadas por mi esposa. Somos nuevos en todo esto ya que en donde vivo en Centro America, estos juegos no son muy aceptados. Se que las fotos no son de calidad pero queria saber de que se trata todo esto. Saludos a todas las damas de naturist. Espero tener buenos comentarios de mujeres y parejas

The people that founded and at present compose The Naturist Society (FKK) have chosen to describe themselves as "naturists" instead of "nudists" for a variety of reasons. Europeans who practice social nudity have historically have referred to this set of beliefs and practices as "nudism," and the word connotes a connectedness with nature FKK seeks to nurture.

In America, from early in the century until the creation of FKK, groups of individuals who banded together in one shape or another to recreate nude generally called themselves "nudists." Frequently, said nudists would be members of an official nudist organization that functioned rather like a pastoral country club. A number of these clubs still exist today; others are developed into upscale and almost posh resorts. Naturists, to the degree they think about it at all, like to distinguish themselves from nudists by stressing the value and pleasure of social nudity in as many aspects of their lives as possible. They do not limit their nudity to securely walled club grounds on the weekends, or to deep inside their own homes. In 1997 FKK defined nudism in this manner: "A way of living in greater fidelity to nature, with a norm of full nudity in societal life, the genitals included, when possible and appropriate. We aim to enhance acceptance and admiration for one's self, other men, and the biosphere." In line with FKK' definition is that of the International Naturist Federation: "Nudism is a way of life in harmony with nature characterized by the practice of communal nudity, with the aim of encouraging self-respect, respect for others, and for the environment." Without promising to settle the dilemma of how best to use the terms "naturism" and "nudism" for the purposes of this history "nudism" will refer to the practice of being nude in a nice, non-sexual mixed-gender setting. "Nudism" will refer to the practice of nudism while also entailing a respect and recognition for the integrity of one's whole person, other persons, and the surroundings.

FKK Pre- : Lee Baxandall

A history of FKK couldn't be set forth without discussion of its founder, Lee Baxandall. Born in 1935 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Baxandall's first skinnydipping encounters were as a young Boy Scout camping in Twin Lakes Reservation in Wisconsin. After receiving his master's degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Baxandall moved to Fresh York, where he became active writing, interpreting, and critiquing plays. He also applied his writing abilities to producing books on the arts, psychology, and politics. at this time prepared him for his interest in naturism to come.