Yesterday, a friend posted something on my social media to ask me to recommend a pair of hiking boots. I gave him the brand I use and I seized the opportunity to tell him about where I had used them to hike in last year and I included both my nude hiking in the mountains of Taiwan and of course the NEWT Alpine hiking. My kid who read it told me, 'But he only wanted a recommendation of boots and you went into a long story about naturist hiking'. But you see, I had an agenda. This morning, I reaped the reward. A friend of mine who was dead opposed to naturism and who would always avoid any post of mine about naturism posted something on that thread. She spoke about my recommendation at great length. You may ask what's the big deal?
Here's the big deal. When we talk about our own naturist experiences and we continue to talk about them, a time will come when the idea of nudity becomes normal and acceptable. I believe the world is so negative towards naturism because of sheer ignorance about it. When 99.999% of nude photos on the internet are pornographic in nature and many naturists are hiding their faces and genitals or turning their backs to the camera, what chance is there for nudity to be normalised in the minds of this degenerate world? If we keep posting our decent nude photos without covering our faces as if we were ashamed of nudity and without hiding our genitals as if genitals were obscene and should be concealed and if we keep talking about naturism and our naturist holidays and our naturist lifestyle, there must come a time when people are so used to seeing and hearing about decent nudity that it is no longer viewed with disapproval. That is when they are able to draw a distinction between nudity and pornography.
I have always taken the opportunity to talk about naturism in as unobtrusive a way as I can. Even at my aunt's funeral when my cousins asked me about my holidays, I somehow found my way to talk about my naturist holidays. Especially in my society, people sometimes just can't believe that I'm openly talking about nude hiking. They sometimes ask in shock, 'Did you just say nude? Nude as in naked? Totally naked?' I will invariably treat the question as if the person is concerned if I might be barefoot and what if I injured my foot? So I will tell him that of course I have boots on and nothing else. When I proceed in this vein, I'm forcing my listener to accept that nudity is natural. If you do this ten times, a hundred times, a thousand times, you either lose your friend or you've made him or her accept naturism. My experience is you don't really lose a friend. That doesn't happen. But while you may make him or her accept nudity as decent, converting the person into a naturist is quite a different thing altogether. They usually remain firmly textile but I have no problem with that. All I want is for the person to accept naturism as decent. That's all.
If all of us do our part, the day of enlightenment will come soon enough upon the textile world.