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nudism

nudism Sentence Examples

  • Nudism is the practice of nonsexual social nudity, usually in mixed-sex groups, often at specially defined locations, such as nude beaches or nudist clubs.

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  • Nudism can be differentiated from the practice of spontaneous or private nude bathing ("skinny-dipping") in that it is an ongoing, self-conscious and systematic philosophy or lifestyle choice, rather than a spontaneous decision to disrobe.

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  • Nudism arose in Germany at the turn of the twentieth century, and spread through Europe, the United States, and Australia.

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  • The so-called "father of nudism" was the German Heinrich Pudor (real name Heinrich Scham), who coined the term Nacktkultur ("naked culture") and whose book Nackende Menschen (Naked man [1894]) was probably the first book on nudism.

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  • Richard Ungewitter (author of Die Nacktheit [1906]) is more widely known as the founder of nudism, his reputation having survived Pudor's accusations of plagiarism.

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  • Nudism flourished in Germany, France, England, elsewhere in Europe, and in the United States, but its advocates often had to fend off legal challenges or accusations of depravity.

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  • While nudism had distinctive national flavors, and there was occasionally some rivalry (especially between the French and the Germans), there was also considerable communication, influence, and overlap between nudist cultures.

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  • Nudism was known by many names: in Germany, as Nacktkultur, Freikörperkultur (free-body culture), or Lichtkultur (light culture); in France as nudisme, naturisme, or libre-culture (free culture), and in England as Gymnosophy or naturism.

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  • Germanic nudism was a proletarian movement, mostly communitarian and ascetic in style.

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  • By and large however, nudism was a movement endorsed and organized by educated people-physicians, scientists, lawyers, clergy, and, in France especially, occasionally by members of the aristocracy.

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  • Nudism produced an extensive proselytizing literature.

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  • Early nudism was a medical, philosophical, and political movement.

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  • The contribution of nudism to the aesthetics of the race was regularly cited as one of its benefits.

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  • Maurice Parmelee, for example, argued that nudism would contribute to a more "beautiful mankind" (p. 179).

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  • The relation between nudism and eugenics was complex, and use of an aesthetic discourse is no simple marker of eugenic thought or of fascism.

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  • Nudism was neither simply reactionary nor progressive.

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  • For many writers, however, nudism was emphatically not a return to nature.

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  • Scientists and physicians saw nudism not as a return to Eden (although this trope certainly occurred in nudist writing), but as a path forward to a shining new modernity in which science, rather than superstition, would lead the way.

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  • Nudism was thus not (only) nostalgic but also saw itself as modern and rational.

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  • Caleb Saleeby, for example, was a fervent advocate of nudism, heliotherapy, and eugenics (he was Chairman of the National Birthrate Commission and author of a number of books on eugenics).

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  • Sexologist Havelock Ellis considered nudism to be an extension of the dress reform movement for women, and Maurice Parmelee saw it as a powerful adjunct to feminism.

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  • Ennemond Boniface was a socialist nudist, who fervently believed that nudism was an alternative to bloody socialist revolution, and would bring about a new naturist era in which all would be equal under the sun (see sidebar).

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  • For many, nudism was not just a therapeutic practice; it was a revolutionary plan for an egalitarian utopia.

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  • There are a number of forms of contemporary organized nudism, each with a somewhat distinct culture: nude beaches, nudist resorts, nudist clubs, and swim-nights.

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  • The utopian and political underpinning of early nudism has largely disappeared.

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  • Nudism has remained a minor practice, and it has by and large mutated into a "lifestyle" chosen by individuals rather than either a medical practice or a program for social reform.

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  • They believe that nudism teaches one to be comfortable with one's body, whatever it looks like.

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  • Moral Bath of Bodily Unconsciousness': Female Nudism, Bodily Exposure and the Gaze."

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  • On contemporary female nudists' accounts of the benefits of nudism.

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  • Nudism in Modern Life: The New Gymnosophy.

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  • An account of the benefits of nudism by a nudist physician, with an introduction by Havelock Ellis.

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