When someone talks about nudism, it generally brings up images of hippies, old men that we’ve seen when we’ve accidentally wandered onto the wrong side of the beach, or crazy sex-fueled cruises. In reality, that’s not the case for people who participate in what’s called social nudism, or naturism. Nudism is not sexual, it’s not just for old men, and participating in it can actually improve your self esteem.
There are a lot of misconceptions about nudism, and one is certainly that the people there are trying to show off. Karen and Jim Lahey, long-time and active members of the nudist community, say this isn’t the case at all.