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One woman in ten: Why is naturism easier for men?

One in ten

One woman in ten: Why is naturism easier for men?

So, I went to my second naked swim the other day and it was very friendly, welcoming and relaxed, as I have come to expect from naturist meets. However, there was one thing that stood out at this particular swim:

I was the only woman.

It was a small swim, only ten of us in fact. Now, if I hadn't of met the majority of these men before, I think I would have been rather intimidated and may have been worried about being stared at etc. Had it been my first naturist meeting, I would most likely have run a mile.

What is it that makes naturism more appealing to men than women? Is it the fear that because they do not have the 'perfect' bodies perpetuated by the media then they will be laughed at, judged and humiliated?

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3 thoughts on “One woman in ten: Why is naturism easier for men?

  1. I think her question is valid. I think that women are very body conscious and don’t think that they will be accepted but instead judged or made fun of because they aren’t what society sees as “beautiful”. Most women grow up feeling self conscious and with low self esteem because of their peers or family members tormenting them about their weight (this can go both ways, skinny and thick, I don’t like the word fat). I believe that may be why. Not only that but for those women who have been raped or abused, being nude isn’t something that they are comfortable with, thinking that it may invite unwanted attention by nudist perpetrators. There are many reasons but mainly it’s body conscious ones.

  2. I think you have the right of it – I think women tend to be more hesitant about disrobing in front of others because they have been subjected to a lifetime of being bombarded by societal expectations of what they are ‘supposed’ to look like. I’ve noticed that a lot of the supposedly-naturist-friendly blogs and photos out there (e.g. Tumblr) perpetuate this warped view, in that so many of the photos depict young, firm female bodies – certainly not a representative sample!

  3. I think men are just a lot more confident generally. It shows up particularly in the workplace where men come across as very confident about what they can be given responsibility for, while women of equal ability are unsure and fail to put themselves forward.

    Ultimately, I suspect the answer lies in evolutionary psychology. Since the production of sperm is cheap the most effective male strategy is to fertilise as many females as possible. Since bringing a baby to full term is hugely expensive the best female strategy is to be very choosy about who you have sex with. So males will be propositioning females a lot more than females will be propositioning males. It’s important that the males don’t get put off by lots of rejections, so evolution has equipped them with a great deal of self-confidence.

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